moredarkthanshark:

The Birthday Party

Eno is widely known for coining the term “ambient music,” and he produced a clutch of critically revered albums in the nineteen-seventies and eighties—by the Talking Heads, David Bowie, and U2, among others—but if I had to choose his greatest contribution to popular music it would be the idea that musicians do their best work when they have no idea what they’re doing. As he told Keyboard, in 1981, “Any constraint is part of the skeleton that you build the composition on—including your own incompetence.” The genius of Eno is in removing the idea of genius. His work is rooted in the power of collaboration within systems: instructions, rules, and self-imposed limits. His methods are a rebuke to the assumption that a project can be powered by one person’s intent, or that intent is even worth worrying about.

nixahoward:

Nick Cave is in the front row in the exact middle, not to anyone’s surprise.
aquavelva:

"David Byrne used to run away from me when I was 17. “Psycho Killer,” my ass. He would see me and he’d run."
- Lydia Lunch