Apart from a couple friends, I just don’t hear many people discussing important bands like Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground or Joy Division. Even folks who pride themselves on listening to stuff outside the mainstream (Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Sam Bean, etc.) don’t seem to have or desire a sense of musical history. I’m not asking that everyone be a musical savant like me, but it would be nice to see folks do their research and not dismiss some music simply because it sounds old.
This point in probably best illustrated in discussing the work of Brian Eno. The dude is responsible for so much huge, mega-popular music, but folks don’t seem to pay attention to him. It’s difficult to overstate his influence on bands like U2, Talking Heads, Roxy Music, David Bowie and Devo. (If you’re reading this blog, I assume you already have an unhealthy amount these bands’ music on your harddrive.) Yet rarely do I ever hear anyone talk about Eno’s solo work.
I don’t think it takes particularly artsy person to appreciate (most of) his work. I just think it takes an inquisitive person who wants to discover the source for a favorite band’s inspiration. Alright, enough proselytizing.
Enjoy the show.
- “Kurt’s Rejoinder” – Brian Eno (Before and After Science/Polydor/1977)
- “Vamos Companeros” – Harmonia & Eno ’76 (Tracks and Traces/Gronland/2009)
- “Dem Wanderer” – Cluster (Sowiesoso/Sky/1976)
- “What Lies Before” – Highspire (Aquatic/Reverse Reverse/2010)
- “While the Cold Winter Waiting” – Trentemøller (The Last Resort/Poker Flat/2006)
- “Soul Love” – David Bowie (Stage/RCA/1978)