Sunday, January 02, 2011

Eno Eno Eno

I'm currently reading On Some Faraway Beach, a biography of Brian Eno by David Sheppard, and have been checking out various out takes from the sessions Eno did in 1980 with Talking Heads for Remain In Light. Eno had spent a lot of time in New York not long before that, getting involved with the No Wave scene and generally having a good time, which was probably pretty easy to find in late 70s NYC.

Anyways, a bunch of the out takes from Remain In Light turned up on the 2005 reissue of that album, with titles like Fela's Riff, and Double Groove, which features Eno singing with David Byrne and Nona Hendryx  - she'd been drafted in to help with vocals by Taking Heads member Jerry Harrison, who'd produced some demos for her. Harrison told Eno biographer Dave Bowman that he "heard a voice in Brian that I never heard beofre. Eno is very English on his solo records. But he was excited about African music. With Hendryx he was able to be careless - carefree, with a passion that would have been wonderful for him to explore".

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