Space Needle - The Moray Eels Eats The Space Needle

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So, what, I'm the only person on ILM who loves this album? What's wrong with you people? Space. Noise. Beyootiful toonz. ("Never Lonely Alone" is so pretty they even used it in one of those kidz on heroin documentaries that make HBO so wonderful) Okay, maybe I'm not the only one, but there is no thread. I have never heard any other Space Needle. Maybe this is all I need. ("Love Left Us Strangers" is a great toon too!) (Great moments of drone bliss that erupt into guitar-manna-heaven-thank-you-god-i'm-dribbling-rock-luverlyness) I'm only on my fifth Pilser Urquell and I'm already eyeing my beloved's bottle of vino. (cuz all I got was a six-pack and i thought i would be in bed by now, but this album is reinvigorating me.)

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 01:19 (10 years ago) Permalink

And Roger Dean gatefold cover art! And funny song-titles! ("Hot For Krisna")

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 01:20 (10 years ago) Permalink

great unfortunately forgotten (or ignored) late 90's indie! I think they were ahead of their time by a few years (or 25 years late)

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 01:22 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Hyapatia Lee" is my favorite track. And not cuz it's named after a most-likely-almost-forgotten-by-now porn star. I'm listening to it now. Great prog fiddle and some of the best feedback I've ever heard.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 01:30 (10 years ago) Permalink

Everyone on ILM owes it to themselves to buy this album. Come on, you've been good. Treat yourself! It's perfect if you are a space-rock/prog/pop/feedback/noise fan.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 01:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

and you can find it for $2, probably (maybe not anymore).

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 01:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

I think I have this or something like it.

*checks*

Ah no, I have Voyager instead.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 01:53 (10 years ago) Permalink

How is Voyager? I might pick up more by them someday.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 01:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

I shall listen to it here in a bit and report.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 02:12 (10 years ago) Permalink

Voyager rules. I was friendly with some of the band and the dudes from Zero Hour at the time this came out, and I played the hell out of it. It was so nice, one of my best kept secrets - really strong songs, great sounds.

Didn't like the Moray Eels album as much despite the inclusion of third member Anders (who's pretty damn near brilliant as a guitarist) but I love that first song "Where The Fuck's My Wallet" and when I saw them live, that song OWNED.

I miss them.

Scott, are you familiar with the Reservoir albums? It's Judd solo. First one is kinda weird post-Kranky dronage, but the next one, Pink Machine, is definitely up yr alley if you dig the prog elements of Moray Eels...

roger adultery (roger adultery), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 02:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

LONG ISLAND

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 02:28 (10 years ago) Permalink

yep! my best friend worked with them at Trax on Wax MANY years ago. Takes me back.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 02:30 (10 years ago) Permalink

No, Roger, never heard Reservoir! I will delve.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 02:41 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Love Left Us Strangers" is a great song

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 02:43 (10 years ago) Permalink

Everyone on ILM owes it to themselves to buy this album. Come on, you've been good. Treat yourself! It's perfect if you are a space-rock/prog/pop/feedback/noise fan.

I already did when it was first released! (and yes it's great)

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 03:13 (10 years ago) Permalink

And I'm relistening to the Voyager album and it's nice, pleasant. Not a criticism, it's very easygoing and with some suddenly affecting moments.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 04:01 (10 years ago) Permalink

Space Needle was cool...but Ebeling Hughes' Transfigured Night OWNZZZZ.

Rog, did you know Ed @ Zero Hour? He Ruled! He later went on to start RETROACTIVE, putting out KILLER GARAGE/SIKE stuff...creation, easybeats, the smoke...etc. I've sort of lost touch with him.

ddb (ddb), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 11:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

Both the Space Needle albums are great, and they both sound better now than a ton of similar-context (loosely, I guess I'm thinking 90s-NY-indie-guitar-pop) stuff. I still listen to both these albums regularly, although I agree w/Roger, Voyager's a little better. Sometimes the electric violin on Moray Eels grates a little. Only sometimes, though.

Hurlothrumbo (hurlothrumbo), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 12:20 (10 years ago) Permalink

I also prefer Voyager, but both albums kick ass. One of those bands that I read about in like Alternative Press as a teen, bought Voyager and was like "What is this shit?" but it grew on me really slowly until I loved it.

NA (Nick A.), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 14:03 (10 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

I STILL LOVE THIS ALBUM.

scott seward, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 21:12 (6 years ago) Permalink

okay, fine, i'll probably always love it.

scott seward, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 21:12 (6 years ago) Permalink

Naught wrong with that.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 21:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

I shoulda picked it up when I saw it at Frugal Muse, now it's gone. :[

Dimension 5ive, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 21:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

i still have never heard the first album. i'm too afraid it won't be as good and i will no longer think that space needle could do no wrong.

scott seward, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 21:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

which is possibly crazy.

scott seward, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 21:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

It's perfect if you are a space-rock/prog/pop/feedback/noise fan.

have just ordered this from amazon

Just got offed, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 21:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

i remember liking this a bunch back in late 90s. haven't heard it since then. at the time i also really liked You Fantastic. anyone a fan of them?

jaxon, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 22:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

I got this one day after selfban! It's great! They evince a sort of sombre, emotionally crushing majesty. Really good stuff.

Just got offed, Friday, 30 May 2008 12:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

Awesome album.

But the most crazy-awesome thing is that it completely works if you line it up as five "Taking Sides" equations.

Witness:

Where The Fucks My Wallet vs. Hyapatia Lee
Flowers For Algernon vs. Bladewash
Never Lonely Alone vs. Love Left Us Strangers
Old Spice vs. Hot For Krishna
More Than Goodnight vs. One Kind Of Lullaby

Not only are those TS's ALL extremely hard to call, but the first three at least, maybe even first four are all of such quality that determining the best TS is a near-impossible task. Personally would probably pick FFA vs. Bladewash but jeez it's tough.

country matters, Monday, 22 December 2008 10:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

Both albums are sick. I'm gonna listen to this right now.

billstevejim, Monday, 22 December 2008 17:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

How does the first record compare?

country matters, Monday, 22 December 2008 19:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

i like voyager better personally, seems a little more "focused" though that's a relative term for space needle. maybe i just mean the songs are shorter. "before i lose my style" is one of my favorite songs

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 22 December 2008 19:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 22 December 2008 19:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

nice, ty

seems to be in the langorous "never lonely alone" style, which i <3

country matters, Monday, 22 December 2008 19:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

I've been watching Veronica Mars, and "Never Lonely Alone" turns up in one of the season two episodes, which is kind of weird as it's the kind of show that seems to use current (at the time) music but I don't think Space Needle were active anymore when the episode aired (like 2006ish).

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 18:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I came across a copy of this for three bucks last night and bought it based on the cover art and a vague recollection of reading the name at some point way back when it came out. I got home too late last night to give it a listen yet, but I was pleased to see scott loved it!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Epic nineties psych sounds like a good idea right now

Trip Maker, Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

YES! One of my favorite 90s records.

I love that "Old Spice" got its title because they thought the vocals & vocal melody sounded like Phil Collins, which it totally does.

billstevejim, Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Man, "Old Spice" is a great song, lots of cool "Heroes"/Low Fripp-like action on it, and a really cool vocal (in my opinion). Used to put that on a lot of mixes.

grandavis, Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Gotta dig this CD out of the box and get back into it.

grandavis, Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Love Voyager, still haven't gotten around to this one besides a few songs.

Wacky Way Lounge (Evan), Thursday, 30 June 2011 17:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

I find Space Needle a little too all over the place. While the ground covered is covered well, would rather it have been a little more streamlined (too succeed as an album I can listen to straight through that is, which I almost never did). Really love about 5 of the songs on it though, well worthwhile (as is Voyager).

Wanna say that I really like the Reservoir stuff too, some great songs.

grandavis, Thursday, 30 June 2011 18:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think Voyager is pretty cohesive, but Moray seemed like it was much more varied based on what people have said/pieces of songs I've heard. Voyager has that really wistful yet not too melodramatic quality that I've come to love coming from music of that era. Though it is pretty melancholy, I think.

Wacky Way Lounge (Evan), Thursday, 30 June 2011 21:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

I saw them live at the Halifax Pop Explosion in 1995. Kinda made up for Elliott Smith not showing up. Love Left Us Strangers was mindbending!

Brooker T Buckingham, Thursday, 30 June 2011 22:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Finally found a copy of this disc for a dollar in a used bin. I'm completely addicted to it. Both of these albums are incredible and deserve reissues and renewed interest.

Evan, Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:45 (1 year ago) Permalink


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