Brian Eno’s “The Big Ship” and Me and Earl and The Dying Girl

Even relative to his immensely otherworldly and experimental discography, Brian Eno’s Another Green World stands out as an especially magical record (Fripp!). And I’m not too embarrassed to admit that I was led into exploring Eno’s solo work – particularly the more conventional rock/vocal records of the ’70s – through a movie soundtrack.

“The Big Ship” was used to incredible effect in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s 2015 film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a sweet and sad (check the title) coming-of-age film; I don’t remember that much of the movie but the sequence the song underpins still comes to mind whenever I listen to the album.

There’s no official video for the song – not a thing in 1975 – but the movie does a pretty great job, though I guess spoiler alert if you watch the clip and haven’t seen the film (again – check the title).

  1. Didn’t realize there were others. I knew nothing of Brian Eno except that he was a musician. When i first heard this composition in the movie, I was awestruck. Movie was so good, i had to see it again. The second tim, i had to know what it was. Only then did i find out it was a thing. If you see this movie and hear this composition with it, i don’t think it will ever leave you. Hasn’t left me since i first saw and heard at least 5 years ago.

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