Saturday, January 18, 2020
Music For Enophiles
On Thursday evening I attended a show at The Bowery Electric by an octet who call themselves Music For Enophiles. They are a NYC based band solely dedicated to playing the music of Brian Eno, specifically songs from his four pop albums from 1974-1977. While these records spawned no Top 40 singles, and to my memory received very little FM radio airplay, "Here Come The Warm Jets," "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)," "Another Green World," and "Before & After Science" have become legendary. They are not only cult favorites, but have gone on to influence many, including the two most obvious, David Bowie and Talking Heads.
My mind was blown. I have loved these records forever and the Enophiles pulled this off in spades. If you know and love these records, can you imagine the thrill of the lights going down and hearing a note perfect "Sky Saw" to open things up? I never thought I'd ever hear any of these records performed live. Take a look at the set list, courtesy of my friend Lee Ann F. ("Driving Me Backwards!!)
Now maybe you are unfamiliar with these four albums and you are thinking to yourself, "So what?" That's fine, but that is another reason why I am here.
Can you think of another artist's catalogue that has become legendary, either commercially or in cult status, that has rarely if ever been performed live? Brian Eno did not tour, and there are only a few live performances and BBC recordings of this material. There are thousands of tribute bands out there, some covering not only full albums but specific live performances, like The Musical Box who recreate the tours and costumes of Genesis. Keep in mind, I am not looking for bands you never got a chance to see live. Nor am I looking for some obscure band who has a small following. And I am definitely not looking for songs that have never been played live by bands that tour all the time, though that sounds like a fun future post. I want a band or artist you love, with a fairly popular catalogue that has never been performed live.
Whether or not you are a fan of these four Eno records, there is no mistaking their popularity and influence or the success of the musicians who played on them, like Phil Collins, John Cale, Phil Manzanera, Chris Spedding, Robert Fripp, Robert Wyatt and Andy Fraser, to name a few.
I tried, but came up empty. Music For Enophiles are truly unique and I suggest seeing them live if they come to your town.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:09 AM