Archive for the Brian Eno Category

Glamour Ghouls

Posted in 70's, Batman, bowie, Brian Eno, Comics, glam, halloween, Marc Bolan, rock on October 26, 2008 by planetmondo
I found a load of old scraps and cuttings like this in the loft recently

There’s a gallery of grotesques to choose from when you get to glam related rocky horrors…

Alice Cooper – The New York Dolls ‘Frankenstein’ – Iggy’s ‘Death Trip’ and ‘Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell’ – Suzi Q’s ‘Devil Gate Drive’- Bolan’s ‘Mystic Lady’, ‘Demon Queen’ (or his earlier John’s Children tune ‘‘Desdemona’‘ banned because of it’s “lift up your skirt and fly” line)- Bowie’s ‘Width Of A Circle’, ‘Please Mr Gravedigger’, ‘Beauty And The Beast’ – Roxy’s ‘Bogus Man’ or Eno’s ‘Spirit’s Drifting’ and ‘Everything Merges With The Night’ are just a handful of the Halloween themed hits and howlers available from the spangle age..but I thought these few tunes could do with being reanimated as pre-season of the witch friendly..

David Bowie Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).

An overlooked, underplayed thumper that gets lost in the shadows of ‘Ashes To Ashes’ and ‘Fashion’

Marc Bolan You Scare Me To Death

Hellraiser – a heavier-hitting side of The Sweet

Blockbuster –

Blockbuster could well have been inspired by the Batman bruiser Blockbuster(DC’s answer to The Hulk)

Which brings us back to Bowie who referenced Batman in Uncle Arthur

“Uncle Arthur still reads comics
Uncle Arthur follows Batman”

And that’s ‘doing the loop’

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Fur Den Untergang

Posted in 80's, Brian Eno, electronic music, guest blogger, mini mix, new wave, soundtrack, theme tune on July 7, 2008 by planetmondo

Roman Empress and I have been putting our collective noggins together for a ‘prog blogging’ project. RE has thumbnailed nine key scenes for an imaginary film ‘Fur Den Untergang’ capturing the cultural claustrophobia, ‘Stasiland’ suspicous minds and shifty whispers of early eighties East Germany – while I’ve compiled a nine song soundtrack which hopefully matches the mood of each scene and the Totalitarianism and tower block greyscapes of the time..

You can read the script here, and download the soundtrack below…
(or stream it over at RE HQ)

‘Fur Den Untergang’ – O.S.T.

‘R.A.F’ – Brian Eno (& Snatch)
‘Big Dome Pt. 1’ – Phil Manzanera
‘48 Hour Drive’ – Baltic Fleet.
‘Warm Leatherette’ – Grace Jones.
‘`84 Pontiac Dream’ – Boards of Canada
‘Back To Nature’ – Fad Gadget.
‘Tom Baker’ – The Human League
‘Memories Can’t Wait’ – Talking Heads.
‘Small Hours’ – John Martyn.

But there’s a couple of extras and outtakes too.

Gina X – ‘No G.D.M.’
I had planned to use this for ‘scene 4-the party scene’, but ‘G.D.M’ seemed cult rather than club, and didn’t have the new wave cocktail cool of Grace Jones

Brian Eno ‘Mist/Rythm’
This had been ‘final scene’ for 90% of the time, but seemed soothing rather than sombre, whereas John Martyn’s ghostly notes seemed pitch perfect for the lonely closing coda.

Funky Friday – One Brain

Posted in Brian Eno, electronic music, Funky Friday on April 24, 2008 by planetmondo

Well it could have gone several ways today…

Funky Drummers or Keyboard Kings – but in the end it had to be Eno a Go Go, as my sparky crackle and buzz for eighties electrickery seems finally, to be earthing itself.

And also the fact that I just haven’t been able to shake off these two tunes this week. So the only way to really excorcise them (just like the ‘Jezebel Spirit’) is to cast them out and log them in the blog.

Ali Click (The Grid Trance Mix-Long)

Of the six remixes backing Eno’s early nineties single ‘Ali Click’, this is the best of breed, with Eno’s spitfire-syllable tongue twister lyrics being spliced into a spluttering stutterguts staccato attack then set against a non stop stomper of deep space dark arts dance grooves and mewing moogs – it’s like R2 D2 DJing on the Death Star..

Ali Click (Trance Mix-Long)

Strong Flashes Of Light

‘Strong Flashes’ highlights just how invaluable Eno was as a sonic stylist for the Talking Heads ( as the soundscapes got bigger so did the suits ) only the Professor Pat Pending of pop could take a two chord turnaround then re spray and layer it with waves of phase into a shimmering synth shuffle that’s all angular clang, chattering typewriter rhythms, bubbling barking bass and jerky New York new wave funk..

Strong Flashes Of Light

Strangely but not surprisingly (it is Eno after all) both of these tracks only ever achieved B side and outtake status

If you fancy something for stress down Friday, why not flick over to the other side for a gorgeous Eno synthy soother..

“Brian’s mood is gradually changing. He orders all his friends into another room, closes the door, he sits alone on the wooden floor, visible only by the dim light shining from the bathroom. He talks to himself.” Ali Click – ( Trance Mix – Long )

Eno’s Best

Posted in 70's, Brian Eno, glam, new wave, roxy music on March 5, 2008 by planetmondo


Eno is a genuine genius we all knows that – but because of his colossal catalogue of influence and output, Eno’s fizzy inventiveness as a lyricist is often overlooked. Weighty, worthy and well crafted wordplay is all well and good (Andy Partridge and Ian Dury being two personal faves) but it takes a unique skill to join the dots in a rhyming dictionary with lyrical skits that scan, bubble and bounce like a Gilbert and Sullivan set piece.

‘Seven Deadly Finns’ is a single only release from 1974, with a guitar solo that that sounds like a prototype for Bowie’s ‘Boys Keep Swinging’
There’s a great piece on ‘Seven Deadly Finns’ here

Seven Deadly Finns.mp3

‘RAF’ the flip side to ‘King’s Lead Hat’, (an anagram of Talking Heads) was co written and stars Judy Nylon – one of the cover girls on the ‘Seven Deadly Finns’ picture sleeve.
Yikes it’s like a Möbius strip!

King’s Lead Hat.mp3

Selected lyrical highlights?

‘Seven Deadly Finns’
The “work it out like Norbert Weiner” backing vocal

‘Kings Lead Hat’
“The biology of purpose keeps my nose above the surface”

If you’re in the mood for some shiny new electrickery – why not lend an ear to the brand new band and synth fiddlers Baltic Fleet , whose ‘3 Dollar Dress’ is a robot rocker