I want to talk about ideas. Can we do any of that?
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He picks up one of the Oblique Strategy cards, and bursts out laughing. He shows it to the two women in the studio. How about that? Eno says he hates talking about himself. Their art might be very interesting, but as people they are no more or less interesting than anybody else. His ideas , however, I think have something to recommend them. So what is Brian Eno working on at the moment, I ask. Could he be more specific? If you think of the classical picture of how things were organised in an orchestra — where you have the composer, conductor, leader of the orchestra, section principals, section sub principals, rank and file — the flow of information is always downwards.
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Almost none of us now would think that hierarchic model of social organisation, the pyramid, is a good way to arrange things. In other words, he says, society should be built on the more egalitarian model of a folk or rock band, who just get together and do their thing, rather than a classical orchestra.
And you can use the social structures of bands, theatre groups, dance groups, all the things we now call culture. He has called himself an optimist. In the past. I ask him if he still is, post Yes, he says, there is a positive way to look at it. It looked like things were going to get worse and worse. My feeling about Brexit was not anger at anybody else, it was anger at myself for not realising what was going on.
I thought that all those Ukip people and those National Fronty people were in a little bubble. We expected we were going to be the revolution. He draws me a little diagram to explain how society has changed — productivity and real wages rising in tandem till , then productivity continuing to rise while real wages fell.
Sixty-two people! You could put them all in one bloody bus … then crash it!
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Eno himself is a multimillionaire, largely because of his work as a producer. He is still thinking about the political fallout of the past year. Reflection is his 26th solo album, and his first ambient release in five years. Does he think there is a particular need for its soothing qualities at the moment? I had read that he initially made ambient music to help him when travelling, because he was frightened of flying; that it was supposed to be a kind of audio Mogadon.
One of the things you can get from music is surrender. That desire to surrender is interesting because, in many ways, he seems so controlled. I mention the interview with the Elvis song. Of course, I work in a role that could be seen as a controlling role as a producer. Ah, the collaborations. And this is what I have really been looking forward to talking about. Like many middle-aged pop enthusiasts, I owe a huge debt to Eno. Just as fascinating is his ability to mentor the more obviously commercial Coldplay and U2.
Who has he enjoyed working with most? I keep returning to him.
Whenever I look back at music, I think how I could have done it better. Which ones? All that shit! No, sorry. And calm, measured Eno has turned into irascible Eno. You get paid for it. What is he thinking about? I clearly stated that I had never seen the photo, which is true. I took offense to this immediately. Yes, the image was available to me but I did not know it. Supposedly it was published in a book that sits on the bookshelf behind me as I write this blog. I just have a knack for amassing all things published about U2, because I am a collector as well, which is where I am drawing the line on defined fandom.
What gripes me the most about being a fan, of anything, is the level to which your fandom lies. Unlike earthquakes or tornadoes, there is no barometer created by science to say how deep of a fan you are of U2. Take my friend in Canada, who has a whole room dedicated to the Irishmen. One might think he is a super fan, right? Well, I would agree with you, but he is also a down to earth guy, who has a passion for encrusting himself in mirror chips and putting himself on the front rail night after night last year on the tour.
In both cases, the level of fandom is personal, which is really what our passion for U2 should be as we carry them with us in our suitcase of life.
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