Monday, February 15, 2010

Music, Scent and Times Gone By

A pair of quasi-random events remind me of the link between music and scent. Olfacta posted an article by Brian Eno (from Details magazine, circa 1992) about his fascination with scent and its sensory analogies with music.

Then comes news of the death of Doug Fieger. Doug who? Well, for those old enough to have dropped quarters into a juke box let me just say . . . My Sharona.

The significance of this annoyingly catchy pop tune is twofold. First,
It was credited for ending the reign of the ‘70s disco queens, as it was the first rock song to bump a disco track from number one in several years.
Secondly, it was based on Fieger’s girlfriend who, among her other qualities,
“had an overpowering scent, and it drove me crazy.”


~x~ said...

that song has also been termed the first "alternative" single.
a nebulous term, a dubious honor.
as you were.

Olfacta said...

Oh, that's sad about Doug Fieger.

Thanks for the reference btw!