After listening to Dark Side of the Moon as the soundtrack to the Wizard of Oz. I thought I would try another experiment and sync up Brian Eno’s Apollo with Geordie Shore. Maybe next I will read Jurgen Habermas while listening to Ceryl Cole. The bits that seemed to work the best were the night vision cameras in the bedrooms, you could almost imagine they were lying there listening to Brian Eno and discussing his place in the pantheon of experimental music. After a couple of tracks I gave up turned the TV off and listened to An Ending (Ascent) while watching my reflection in the blank TV screen. The black screen as a canvas for Eno seemed to make much more sense. I then popped my head outside as it was quite dark. I put my ipod on and listened to Always Returning while watching the clouds move over the moon, go on and try it tonight. I think I will endeavour to listen to any other Eno albums outside, at night.
The transformation of this band is startling, imagine the Spice Girls slowly morphing into The Slits and are you are almost there. Starting as a Duran Duran lite, New Romantic pop band, they entered the 1990s as an avant-garde, free form, post-rock (the first I would argue) band, whose final album (Laughing Stock) is impossible to classify.
The strange thing about Laughing Stock, you could walk into any record shop in South Korea in the mid-90s and buy it. I know, because I did. Go into a coffee shop around the campus’s of Yonsei or Seoul universities and you were guaranteed to hear it. Their most non-commercial album in Europe was an apparent success in Asia. It was great for me, I lived in this alternate universe where people preferred Laughing Stock to What’s the Story Morning Glory.
Probably one of the easiest listens of the week. I never tire of this record, or Spirit of Eden and I would be hard pushed to single out a track. However the 3 song sequence that made up the old side A of the LP, Myrrhman, Ascension Day and After the Flood.