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when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Rolling Stone JUNE 27, 2011 - by Stacey Anderson
THIS WEEK IN ROCK: ENO QUITS
July 2, 1973: Brian Eno quits Roxy Music after clashing with Bryan Ferry
Roxy Music just wasn't big enough for the both of them. Singer Bryan Ferry and synthesizer player Brian Eno initially seemed cut from the same cloth - both were artsy young men with glamorous predilections - but their bitter personal rivalry ultimately led to Eno's departure.
One of England's most popular experimental bands, Roxy Music were greatly influential in the country's burgeoning glam rock scene - the same that yielded David Bowie and T.Rex. Eno, who joined the band in 1971, performed with Roxy Music on two albums: their 1972 debut (which featured the hit single Virginia Plain and hit Number 10 on the U.K. charts) and 1973's For Your Pleasure. He was a brash, popular member of the band, and introduced much of their whimsical influences. Soon after the release of the For Your Pleasure, exhausted from quarreling with the mercurial Ferry over the management of the band, Eno quit the group. He was replaced by keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson, who contributed to two of Roxy Music's most critically acclaimed efforts, Stranded (1973) and Country Life (1974). However, Eno fared pretty well himself - he continued to follow his experimental leanings as a solo artist and has become a prolific, celebrated producer and musician.