The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #100

The Creation


swac said...

Shel Talmy strikes again!

Richard Gibson said...

They had an awesome sound, horribly overlooked.

swac said...

I wonder how many people discovered them through Rushmore...

I knew nothing about them, until I saw an old Brit 7" for $10 once, and saw it was produced by Talmy (Who, Kinks). I figured, cool name and producer, worth a shot. Holy crap it felt good hearing them for the first time.

Richard Gibson said...

I should imagine a few heard via 'Rushmore', the use of 'Making Time'during opening minutes is inspired, as is the soundtrack in general. Proabably the most consistent thing about Anderson's films has been his great soundtracks.

However many in UK would have been turned onto The Creation by Creation Records boss Alan McGee who literally championed them in every interview and named his record label after them. Sadly I think Creation records exposure in North America was far far less than here in UK and Europe, which is a shame as they put out some great records for a time.