Brian Eno & David Byrne, My Life In The Bush of Ghosts (1981)
My LP is the 2006 reissue, a double-LP with all the extras, but to be honest I stick with the original album, I’ve barely made it through the extras more than once – don’t think I’ve played all four sides of it all that often, but it excepts well and the original album is sublime. More often I play this on my iPod – I discovered the album in a burst of Talking Heads fandom; I’ve been a lifelong fan – and I guess I’ve been a lifelong fan of Brian Eno too (and loved most of David Byrne’s solo work also as it happens). But I didn’t know about this one at the time. It was only after, when collecting up the rest of the Talking Heads albums, when reading a book about them, when hooked – also – on all things Eno. So this album was a perfect thing to discover. And it always feels like its own thing entirely; doesn’t feel quite like anything else to me. It fits in with the stuff Eno and Byrne were making together as Talking Heads, it fits in with what Byrne would go off to do, it fits in with a lot of what Eno was already doing but it is its own thing – that album just out there on its own. A one-off pairing in a sense. Even though they’d worked together before (and around) this. And would team up again after. This feels like some strange, wonderful artefact – something you find. Something you’re so happy to have found. Been listening to it again a lot lately. Hooked once again. And forever.
Sample Track: Mea Culpa
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