THE NECKS Sex (1989) A Mesmerizing Hour-Long Trip

Sex (1989)
Jazz Hypnosis

Three guys (piano, bass & drums), one track (56 minutes) and an inexplicable title (Sex). Imagine a light, hypnotic jazz combo performing what sounds like the intro to The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm.” Except that it goes on for nearly an hour and evolves so slowly you might mistake it for a loop at first. That’s the concept behind Sex, the debut CD from The Necks, originally released in Australia and partially financed by the Australian Arts Council. At 56 minutes it should be monotonous, but somehow it’s not. In fact, The Necks have made a career on the concept, releasing over a dozen similarly themed constructs since this debut. It’s actually quite mesmerizing, and a perfect late night mood piece (oh yeah, there’s a horn or something in there, too). Six years later, Private Records would re-release this CD in the US and The Necks would start to make a quiet name for themselves in minimalist circles. You can hear the entire track below, so pop it in the corner somewhere and open another window while you surf elsewhere, and we’ll check back in on you in an hour. Since we first posted Sex in 2007, we’ve added more Necks to our inventory, including Silent Night (1996), Chemist (2006) & Silverwater (2009) (all HERE), and two 50-minute sets recorded Live @ Issue Project Room, 2010 (HERE). In recent years, Sex has gotten expensive at Amazon, HERE.

Sex (56:08)

Drive By

Many thanks to alanproj for offering up The Necks’ 2003 CD, Drive By. Another 60 minute hypno track that the All Music Guide calls “a remarkable, resoundingly brilliant album” in their 4-1/2 star review.

Drive By (60:17)


  • Willard
    September 12, 2007 - 06:32 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • grey calx
    September 13, 2007 - 23:34 | Permalink

    Hi. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog A Closet of Curiosities (in the Arthur C. Clarke 2001 post). You have a great blog too and linked you on my blog.

    Also, thanks for grabbing and posting the King Crimson MP3s that once were on their website. I wasn't aware that they were doing this until I read about it here. I'll be paying a visit to their website very soon. Best wishes to you.

  • Capt. Willard
    September 18, 2007 - 18:02 | Permalink

    Many thanks Grey, you've got a cool blog full of oddities. Thanks for commenting.

  • Anonymous
    September 19, 2007 - 00:42 | Permalink

    This is AMAZING!! I've listened to it all afternoon.

    Do you have any more from the Necks?

    Thank you thankyou !!!!

  • alanproj
    September 22, 2007 - 22:45 | Permalink

    Hy there.
    Thanks for this.Please accept The Necks 'Drive By&#39.
    Great blog.


  • Capt. Willard
    September 23, 2007 - 00:14 | Permalink

    Many thanks alan.
    I've never heard this one.
    We'll add it to the post right away.
    Many thanks again.

  • drfeelgoed
    October 2, 2007 - 09:54 | Permalink

    Thanks for introducing the Necks to me, great track!

  • Anonymous
    October 21, 2007 - 06:41 | Permalink

    More remarkable music — currently playing as I enter this — that I never knew existed.
    Great stuff! Thanks for turning me on…


  • pausts
    May 15, 2009 - 17:01 | Permalink

    Great,great music.Thanks.

  • john
    December 2, 2009 - 04:13 | Permalink

    I enjoyed this

  • philip
    December 2, 2009 - 20:18 | Permalink

    Superb…never heard of the band before…thanks to all involved

  • JBJr.
    December 3, 2009 - 16:34 | Permalink

    Thanks so much for thisw! This is great stuff! I am ashamed that I have missed this band until your terrific blog! Does anyone have a copy of "Aether"? Again Willard for all of your hard work on this great blog!

  • Capt. Willard
    December 3, 2009 - 16:58 | Permalink

    Many thanks for the kind words. Thanks for ALL the comments.

  • Art Ducko
    December 4, 2009 - 00:24 | Permalink

    Thanks again, Willard. I need a long trancey album about now. Christmas & retail will make even a monk run amok.

  • nick
    December 13, 2009 - 19:07 | Permalink

    Fantastic. I had no idea and now, well, now I do. Listened to both back to back and am enjoying the resulting headspace I have drifted into. Thank you for these!

  • Sean
    November 22, 2011 - 13:13 | Permalink

    I can’t believe how cool this is! Thanks.

  • Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    November 22, 2011 - 13:39 | Permalink

    provided some vital chill-out today as alternate hold music while waiting on a phone call to govt’ bureaucracy… whose actual hold music was random atmospheric jazz that kept wandering below and then popping back out of the phone’s minimum volume threshold, which blended rather well. Great rainy night urban wandeing stuff. Haven;t head the second one yet but looking forward, thanks.

    • Willard
      November 22, 2011 - 16:33 | Permalink

      Yeah, I’ve never tired of this album and that surprises me. I bought the original Australian release for a buck, used, just because it was an hour long track (I’ll risk a buck on that any day.) It somehow always hits the spot.

  • Mr.W
    November 23, 2011 - 07:00 | Permalink

    Oh this is great – Thanks! Perfect working music this morning ….

  • December 12, 2015 - 17:36 | Permalink

    Thank you! This is beautiful music.

    • Willard
      December 12, 2015 - 21:20 | Permalink

      First comment in 4 years, thanks.

  • April 6, 2016 - 13:42 | Permalink

    It sounds like a real hoot…count me in!

  • April 6, 2016 - 18:33 | Permalink

    Just listened to this and thought it was a great chill out mix…thanks for posting it, Willard

  • Grum
    April 7, 2016 - 06:41 | Permalink

    Thanks for pointing me to this one Willard, missed it before. Excellent stuff!

  • Grum
    April 7, 2016 - 13:49 | Permalink

    It got me looking for some more – via their website
    The Necks – Live At WFMU – 10-02-2009 @256

  • Rico
    April 8, 2016 - 18:43 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. I remember reading about these guys years ago and lost track of them. Great post!

  • Anonymous
    April 30, 2016 - 08:41 | Permalink

    Many thanks – loving this :-)

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