Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jam Science

'Maybe I can make the people of England forsake their new-wave records and rush out to buy Fela Ransome-Kuti?' Eno ventured optimistically: 'It's a beautiful music- it's so thrilling to me, I could work twenty-four hours a day on this music. it's rhythmically sophisticated in an interesting way; it's perfect for dancing because it leaves holes in all the right places...You listen to this and you can't help but think, "What do we have? The fuckin' Jam!"'
(Brian Eno to Cynthia Rose of the NME, 1980, quoted in On Some Faraway Beach, p. 337)
Ironically, the new Paul Weller single, Around The Lake is rather good, and arguably no less relevant that Eno's latest offerings on Warp. And while it doesn't necessarily break any new ground in music in general, it's light years from Weller's usual leaden output, owing nothing to any Faces (Small or otherwise), instead seemingly taking its cue from the theme to Fight Club.

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