Brian Eno, Rational Optimist

Growing up, I had a bit of an eclectic taste in music. My taste included everything from the Brits–Beatles, Stones, and especially the Who (I would listen to Quadrophenia at least once per day)–to early David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2, and even Devo. I distinctly remember suddenly realizing one day in the 1980s that a lot of the rock music that I loved was produce by Brian Eno. In fact, Eno produced most of the best work of the latter group. Much later I was surprised to learn that even new bands that I liked such as Coldplay also relied on Eno as producer.

Last night, I finally broke down and watched Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. I avoided it because I guessed it would be filled with Oliver Stone’s paranoid delusions, and I was right. However, I would have watched it much sooner if I had known that almost all of the music for the film was made by David Byrne and Brian Eno. At the end of the film they played Byrne/Eno’s “Home” and the Talking Heads “This Must be the Place” back-to-back. I have always liked this song:

And today I discover quite accidentally that Brian Eno is a big fan of Matt Ridley’s Rational Optimist.


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