Ooh, look. I found “Spinning Away” by Eno/Cale on YouTube:
Video: odd. Song: good. There’s a cover version of this, by the mid-90s party band Sugar Ray, but this version is to that, as Shakespeare might say, as Hyperion to a satyr. I give Sugar Ray credit for good taste, but otherwise, yeeech.
My strongest personal memory of this song was listening to it in September of 1991, driving up from Los Angeles to Fresno, where I was going to meet my new colleagues at the Fresno Bee, where I had just gotten a job as film critic. I was driving up the 99 as the sun rose, and everything about the experience was new. So now it’s a song that reminds me of beginnings and of good things to come. Not a bad thing for a song to do.