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The Guardian MARCH 24, 2006 - by Dave Simpson
BRIAN ENO AND DAVID BYRNE: MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS
On its release in 1981, this sounded like the future. Cabaret Voltaire had already used cutups (an early form of sampling), but not to such cataclysmic effect.
Fresh from working together on Talking Heads' Fear Of Music, Eno and Byrne combined Eastern music, funk and ambient to create what is now known as world music. Their "vocalists" included voices taken from radio broadcasts and recordings of radical clerics. Since then, similar techniques have been used on everything from Moby's Play to Public Enemy.
It still sounds fresh as a daisy. The content (Muslims chanting, US foreign policy on America Is Waiting) is eerily prescient. It's hard not to be astonished by the spirit of something like The Jezebel Spirit, which whisks a recording of an exorcism into a dance track.