Brian Eno and Snatch: RAF (1978)

 |   |  <1 min read

Brian Eno and Snatch: RAF (1978)

The idea of “found sound” was hardly new when Brian Eno, Judy Nylon and Patti Palladin (aka Snatch) and Eno's then-familiar crew of Phil Collins (drums), bassist Percy Jones and guitarist Paul Rudolph release this as the B-side to his song King's Lead Hat (an anagram of Talking Heads) from his Before and After Science album (a longtime Essential Elsewhere album).

The RAF of the title refers to the Red Army Faction, a violent left-wing revolutionary group lead by the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and it is radio broadcasts of their voices which are heard in telephone conversations with the police demanding a ransom for the release of the Dutch industrialist and former-Nazi Hanns-Martin Schleyer who they'd kidnapped.

It is a dense and unnerving piece of loops, aural fragments, edits from the broadcasts and the kind of slurry beats which Eno would further explore with David Byrne on their My Life in the Bush of Ghosts album two years later.

It was an abortive kidnapping and after the police declined the ransom some already captured RAF members were found dead in their prison cells. After which . . .

Schleyer's fate is made clear in the final seconds.

.

For more one-off, songs with an interesting backstory or oddities see From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Missing Persons: Words (1983)

Missing Persons: Words (1983)

Anyone who stumbled onto this LA New Wave band on You Tube can't help note what others are saying: Lady Gaga has ripped off the style (and some of the sound) of frontwoman Dale Bozzio's sense of... > Read more

Rochelle Vinsen: I Wanna Swim With Him (1965)

Rochelle Vinsen: I Wanna Swim With Him (1965)

For those with a long memory, Wellington's Rochelle Vinsen is but a footnote in New Zealand pop history, the girl who gained some minor attention with My Boyfriend's Got a Beatle haircut in early... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

ENRICO RAVA AND NEW YORK DAYS: The trumpet calls the faithful

ENRICO RAVA AND NEW YORK DAYS: The trumpet calls the faithful

It’s disappointing and embarrassing that one encounter may put you off a musician for such a long time. Then, shame-faced, you crawl your way back later and have to concede everybody else was... > Read more

Elvis Costello and the Imposters; Civic, Auckland. April 27, 2014

Elvis Costello and the Imposters; Civic, Auckland. April 27, 2014

Most artists understand their audience's requirement and expectation so include at least a smattering of their most famous or best loved songs. And so it was that Elvis Costello and his gifted... > Read more