Friday, January 5, 2007

..back to the future of music

Ok, this is unrelated to the most recent posts and only vaguely related to the pre-Xmas thread about bands we used to love/hate and how that can all change over time and with accumulated wisdom.
I got an iPod for Xmas and as an aside to all of you culture vulture geeks; where's yours? It is the ultimate classifying and organizing implement. With a little time and effort you have a serious music library at hand at all times and you get to re-organize bands, artists, songs, compilations, and playlists endlessly. Oh what fun.
So I'm looking to consolidate my Brian Eno music on the iPod and I only have the Fripp and Eno "No Pussyfooting" and the Eno Byrne "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" on cassette. My diminutive LP collection was abandoned in Chicago those many years ago. I decide to download from iTunes for the convenience factor but I can't find "No Pussyfooting". I start looking around for it and find it nowhere. Out of print? I find it listed on Amazon; used, selling for $35 to $99. Used, baby.

The first time I heard "No Pussyfooting" was in Chicago. My first social contact in my Film Tech I class invited me to his apartment and between Old Gold Filters we smoked little hand rolled mind-altering cigarettes. I guess it could have been the drugs but I still remember feeling as if the Universe had shifted and exposed a brand new dimension to us. I could not have foreseen that 20 and 30 minute long "songs" called "Heavenly Music Corporation” and "Swastika Girls" would be considered collectible 30 years hence. All that early Eno stuff still grabs me as I guess it grabbed a host of artists and especially musicians since they all started hiring Eno to produce.
Anyways, do any of you music aficionados have the inside dope on plans to reissue "No Pussyfooting"?
I'll be busy with the cassette machine for a while...............

4 comments:

lambgiuse said...

I had one of the first MP3 recorders called Diamond Rio. In the 56K modem dial-up world I lived in, and the quality of Pentium chips to produce the necessary RAM, I was lucky to download one song in a couple of hours. I had bought it for my job at Fatima, where the computer was connected to a fast T1 hook-up...the only problem was it had no sound card, so it (the Diamond Rio) was useless. I abandoned the technology (which cost almost $200) and have since fell in love with the I-Pod...Apple only please. After hearing how cool the JBL speaker docker sounded at Karen Joost's cookouts this Summer, I imagined a world where everyone would take turns putting their pods into the docking spot and being DJ for 15 minutes of fame.
Eno probably was thinking about all of this when he was still in Roxy Music, but I just thought he was wicked cool looking.

Scotty D said...

I certainly give Eno his props (great one-name guy, great spaceman/glitterboy look in his Roxy days, great innovat0r, great producer), and I admit to finding a few truly hypnotic cuts on his first solo efforts. But, (1) I despise guitarsnob Robert Fripp with a passion, (2)In reallity, a lot of Eno' stuff had more juice in the cover art than the recording, (3) Eno fanboys were and are mostly boho snobs who wouldn't know a solid backbeat if it bit them in the ass(and, back in the day at least, far too many of 'em looked too much like Eno for comfort), (4)His role model, John Cage, deserves kudos too, but how often are ya gonna play one of his minimalist opuses when you're munching yer eggs?

john k said...

You can join here-looks legit and buy it.....

http://www.legalsounds.com/download-mp3/robert-fripp-%26-brian-eno/artist_1763

camerashy said...

okay, tip of the day (besides Pats by 9 on Sunday - the kicking game, and defense, is gonna win it): legalsounds.com is good and reliable and, best of all, cheap!!! but i need cover art too. covertarget.net or cdcovers.cc

emusic.com is another good source for downloading, faster but a bit more expensive than legalsounds, and a fairly good catalog. let me know if anyone wants to join, cuz i'll get some free downloads for signing you up. niiiice.

and Eno, Scott? I can still remember when Warm Jets, Tiger Mtn, Another Green World or Before and After Science could kick some serious art-house butt. put on Baby's On Fire and kick back. a great way to introduce some cool ambience, or break up the party, depending on who was there or who was square ...

and Scott, Sunday is my mother's 90th, and she's a diehard Pats fan. Have fun at Nicks, but i'll be watching the game with her ...