close your eyes
[music, songs]

Needles in the Camel's Eye

The first song on Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets which I mentioned yesterday. This record could have been Roxy Music's third album. If Eno had been the boss, I mean. Mackay, Thompson & Manzanera are all there. Only Bryan Ferry, Roxy's leader & its voice is missing.

On Needles in the Camel's Eye we can hear Eno singing for the first time on a record, I guess. And he has a splendid voice, an intense voice you'll never forget after having listened to it for the first time. It is piercing like a sun ray. There is a certain irresistibility to it. Almost like the voices of the sirens which drove Odysseus crazy.

In this first song on his first album Eno shows what a strong pop sensibility he already has. The tune is absolutely infectious, bright and reckless. Perfect to wake up to. A melody which then won't leave your inner ear all day long.

The song is grounded by the two electric guitars played by Phil Manzanera and Chris Spedding. They are the noise bed from which Eno's high-pitch voice can rise to the sky. Those two abrasive guitars sound very much like Lou Reed's and Sterling Morrison's a couple of years before and like those by the brothers Reid more than ten years later.

From listening I don't get the lyrics but they are not important anyways as Eno always writes them after the tune. So that they sound good to the music. Meaning is not intended. At least not on a conscious level. The last line which uses the title is interesting though:

All mysteries are just more
Needles in the camel's eye

This is a funny twist on the bible's story of the camel which rather goes through the eye of a needle than a rich to heaven. That is a rare and mysterious path for a camel. Needles in a camel's eye on the other hand are not unimaginable at all. If all mysteries are those needles then there are no mysteries at all. This is not necessarily nonsense though it could be.


in case you didn't know, a lot of this album was used in the soundtrack to the glam inspired movie 'velvet goldmine' because bowie wouldn't allow any of his to be used.

it's still a favourite of mine after all these years...

... link  


i read about this somewhere. one of my fave bands, yo la tengo, are in that film. it's cheap at amazon. is it worth it?

... link  


haven't heard the full s/t album and only saw the film once so my opinion may not be of any use to you. but it sounded ok for the most part.

... link  

... comment

last updated: 2/26/20 6:46 AM
subscribers: 390
contact: alex63 at bigfoot dot com
40 years, 40 albums
why this is called close your eyes
some photos
Youre not logged in ... Login
... home
... tags

... antville home

mp3 blogs/rotation etc.

Update: The most useful site in this category is the mp3 blog ...
by alex63 @ 1/26/20 12:23 PM
du hast recht, die angeblichen lifetime forward mailadressen von bigfoot wurden irgendwann ...
by alex63 @ 12/20/19 11:23 PM
Weil es auch mit John Lennon zu tun hat, würde ich dir ...
by klagefall @ 12/20/19 4:12 PM
Ich bin doch nicht der Einzige, der die Sun Bear Concerts für ...
by alex63 @ 11/25/19 8:54 PM

After the ecstacy, the laundry

Moments of transendence remind us of what is possible. We are here ...
by jacksawyer @ 11/4/19 11:08 PM
Another phantastic release from 1991 I only discovered a couple of days ...
by alex63 @ 6/8/18 11:05 PM
LOL nö eigentlich nicht. Ich antworte mal vorsichtig:
by liuea @ 6/8/18 10:08 PM
Danke, nach fast 15 Jahren nun also die zweite Antwort einer Frau. ...
by alex63 @ 6/8/18 7:06 PM
January 2021

03/02 GIANT SAND, F, Brotfabrik.............

they rock
music (EN)
aloof from inspiration
an aquarium drunkard
the art of noise NEW
the blue in the air
bradley's almanac
destination out
dj martian
egg city radio
eyes that can see in the dark
i love music
an idiot's guide to dreaming
largehearted boy
leonard's lair
motel de moka
one faint deluded smile
organissimo jazz forums
the perfumed garden
said the gramophone
silence is a rhythm too
swens blog
utopian turtletop
vain, selfish & lazy
vinyl mine
warped reality

music (DE, FR)
la blogothèque
le musterkoffer musikstrom musik
die zeit - musik

other (EN)
josh blog
open chess diary
orbis quintus
the ringdahl family NEW
wood s lot

other (DE)
ahoi polloi
bahnchaos NEU
bloggold NEU
cargo NEU
daily ivy
dichtheit und wahrung
goncourt's blog
hotel mama
(i think) he was a journalist
jacks blog NEU
ligne claire
meine kleine stadt
mek wito
pêle-mêle dans ma tête
private collection
reisenotizen aus der realität
der schachneurotiker
with or without words...

blog bardo
the absintheur's journal
brain farts
buked & scorned
dd denkt laut
ja zu aa
the mystical beast
sofa. rites de passage
sound of the suburbs
spoilt victorian child
three hundred bars
yo, ivanhoe

blogs arranged by birth date of their authors

RSS Feed

Made with Antville
powered by
Helma Object Publisher