heuristicsinc (heuristicsinc) wrote,

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#356: Brian Eno & David Byrne: "America is Waiting"

Comp: origami ?
Genre: prog-ish
Spotify: America is Waiting

Recently I saw David Byrne on his tour that followed the album "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today"... in keeping with the collaboration for the album, the songs they did on tour were all ones that he'd worked on with Brian Eno, including the album that this song comes from, "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" from 1981. The album was one of the first that used sampling to a large degree, in that the samples take center stage rather than just rhythmic background or suchlike. This song has a great funky sound, upbeat, and some good samples from an "indignant radio host" (according to wikipedia, "Unidentified indignant radio host (Ray Taliaferro of KGO NEWSTALK AM 810), San Francisco, April 1980"). "America is waiting for a message of some sort or another" and "No will whatsoever" are common phrases. I love the edgy guitar and the rhythm sounds, very Talking Heads-ish and Eno-ish at the same time, a good collaboration.
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