Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The year is 1972 and pop music as we know it is beginning to crumble under the weight of commercialism, waiting to be reborn messily, kicking and screaming as punk.
But, wait, suddenly, out of a cloud of multi colored prism lit smoke something completely different emerges!
Roxy Music! and this is the original version with both Brians, Brian Eno and Brian Ferry. The focus of the music is totally intellectual, it an art project. This particular song is a reference to the Ready Mades of Marcel Duchamp, Editions of You.
Totally fresh energy and ideas, they play with every aspect of music and performance.
Brian Eno, an admitted non musician is the electronic effects wizard of the band and quite the fashion plate. At times in live performance, he actually plays the entire band as an instrument, running the live feed of various instruments through an 8 track reel to reel tape recorder and manually dragging the tapes. In a way, these guys pioneered most of the techniques of scratching in rap and invented so much just through sheer artistic instinct rather than being technical junkies.
Eno went on to be one of the most influentially conceptual recording artists and producers of the 80's and the 90's. His work with U2 is still ongoing.
Brian Ferry recently recorded one of the most original interpretations of Bob Dylans Music I have ever heard on his CD from 2007, Dylanesque...