On this experimental noise assault, guitarist Thurston Moore name-drops the alias of the late L.A. punk icon Darby Crash of The Germs.
The band said of this in production notes: "Flashing back to a wishful existence in the original Masque basement on N. Cherokee in Hollywood, crashing through lawns and garbage cans en route to the Canterbury/Disgraceland to jump up and down on beds with Helen Killer, Mary Rat and Trudi."
A number of reviewers have commented on the diversity within the songs on The Eternal, compared with the band's previous few albums. Moore told The Eternal: "Our last few records were super-song-oriented. With this one, I thought we should do more avant-garde rock & roll."
The Isley Brother's song, "Contagious," peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. This meant that the band of brothers became the first group to score a Top 50 hit in six consecutive decades on the chart.