Five Opinions Regarding Surfer Blood's Alleged Swim on Brian Eno's Coattails
For a while there, you couldn't read anything about South Florida music without getting doused with a big-ass bucket o' Surfer Blood. Put it this way -- I was living out of the country and still couldn't avoid hearing how great the West Palm Beach junior-superstars were. Pitchfork seemed to drop their name as often as Tiger Woods dropped trou.
- Shock and awe: "holy shit i never realized how much this sounds like needle in the camel's eye 'til right now. the verses are dead on..." noted akamin on last.fm.
- Bipolarity: "sounds very similar to Needles In the Camel's Eye, not sure if this is a no brainer for most but i don't, unfortunately,
listen to brian eno on the reg so this was a big discovery for me. am i
delusional? regardless, i still like surfer blood.." Sepie posted on brightestyoungthings.com.
- Fury: On Stereogum, Tigger wrote: "NEEDLE IN THE CAMEL'S EYE. DIRECT RIP OFF. ALL CAPS"
- Pay up, pals: And on the Orlando Sentinel, Billy Davis wrote, [Surfer Blood] owe a lot more to Brian Eno for "Swim" - like royalties, for instance. It is a TOTAL rip-off of his song "Needles in the Camel's Eye."
Our take: there are similarities. Sort of. To these ears, the chorus sure seems to owe a lot to a little ditty by the name of "Sweet Jane." Just sayin'. What was that Eno always used to say about the Velvet Underground? Oh yeah.
First, Surfer Blood:
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