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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Rolling Stone JUNE 26, 1980 - by Staff Writers
ENO JOINS BYRNE ON NEW LP
"I'd describe it as either ethnic psychedelic or ethnic funk psychedelic," says Talking Heads frontman David Byrne of his recently completed collaboration with Brian Eno. Tentatively titled My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, the album is due out in early summer and will probably be on Sire Records, Talking Heads' label.
The LP came about in a "very roundabout way," says Byrne. "Some people got together in New York, and we recorded the basic tracks for two songs with the idea that Brian might use them for his next record. I made some suggestions here and there, but I didn't feel it was a project I was intimately involved with. Then we talked longer about it and came up with the idea of forming a group of musicians and going out to the desert to rehearse and record. But we had trouble finding people who were compatible. In the end, there were only the two of us, but we went ahead anyway."
Instead of going to the desert, however, Byrne and Eno migrated to California, where they recorded the bulk of the album on and off during a three-month period in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
With that project completed, Byrne has already begun to think about the next Talking Heads record: "I have a lot of different ideas on ways to approach it. I think a good way would be to not have the stuff in song structure but to have a loose format with a lot of constraints. In other words, for each number, each person could play a certain number of parts, but it wouldn't matter how they played them or when. That's the kind of working idea I'd like to start with."