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
‘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!
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