Can we still play this song past the year 2000?

February 11, 2011

  Of course we can!

It happened the other night when my fiancée came back from the library to tell me that a book on the history of Island Records was on the new books display (she has since gone and got the book out for me – thank you!). Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s just all part of the game

February 7, 2011

Went record hunting yesterday at the Belmont swap meet and came away with the debut album by the Specials (why was Elvis Costello chosen to produce that album? Never really thought of him as being a ska man Was it because his first album cover featured a two tone like design? Just a thought), as well as an album by Basil Brush with music by George Martin (could it be that George Martin?). Almost brought home a soundtrack to the Black Hole, but in another case of misplaced records this sleeve (complete with a booklet of photos from the film) contained the Supremes’ Christmas album. Now how did someone get those two mixed up? Read the rest of this entry »


Song. Friday. Eno.

November 12, 2010

Going around the web last week was an interview with Brian Eno, ostensibly about his new album. Somewhere in the background, actually on the screen of the computer, was an image of Eno in his Roxy Music days.

A day after I watched the interview I happened upon the soundtrack to Velvet Goldmine; my local library was selling their copy for a dollar. For that price I was happy to take it home.

I remember the film back when it came out and thought that it wasn’t bad but not flat out brilliant. The soundtrack is somewhat the same. Most of it consists of reworkings of famous glam era songs, by a super group, which does include Andy Mackay from Roxy Music. He even covers himself on a few old Roxy numbers, such as ‘2HB‘, wherein Thom Yorke does an impressive Bryan Ferry impersonation. I was half convinced it was Bryan at one stage.

There are also some original songs in the glam style, such as the excellent contribution from Grant Lee Buffalo called ‘The Whole Shebang‘. However, standing above even these original contributions are the originals from the glam era, including Roxy Music and Eno solo.

Leading off the soundtrack is Eno’s blistering ‘Needle In The Camel’s Eye’, which was also the lead off track from this debut solo album Here Come The Warm Jets.

For those who only know Eno from his ambient work it might come as a surprise that Eno, apart from the animal cruelty his work hints at (needles in camel’s eyes) and the poor parenting skills (why is the baby on fire? And is throwing him in the water really the way to go?), really used to rock. Check out this song and see why it is today’s Song for a Friday. Enjoy!


Going out tonight

October 8, 2010

I went out last night, to the annual Spring Feast as held at UWA. I intend to blog about it but probably at my other group blog. Feeling so fine with these Spring nights that I might just go out again tonight, so here is one of my favourite going out songs. Rave up Roxy Music!! Read the rest of this entry »