Off Topic

Off Topic: Not Getting Enough Eno in Your Life?

Eno’s first two solo albums are my preferred dosage, but lemon flavor you say? Hook me up!

Maybe this guy can help.

Those of you who have perused The Pure Genius or Completely Retarded Slideshow will be familiar with the concept: some things just don’t translate very well. Attempts to meet standards of cross-cultural communication often result in vaguely amusing to downright offensive messages. Not so with today’s happy accident.

Now if I may direct your attention to the right side, over there in the widget column, you’ll notice something called What Are We Reading, Watching, and/or Listening To? And of course, I know: who cares? Well, every now and then, like today, there are albums and artists who are so grossly over-looked.

Here Come the Warm Jets (1974)

Even though most people know Brian Eno as the guy who produced all those horrible U2 and Coldplay albums, as a musician and solo artist, he is vastly under-appreciated. Which is why I encourage every single reader, if you already haven’t, get your hands on Eno’s first solo album, Here Come the Warm Jets (1974).

Eno Fruit Salt is one of many Asian versions of Alka Seltzer used to relieve upset stomach, excess gas, indigestion, and heartburn. Coincidentally or not, a box of Eno just magically appeared in the office this morning, when I sure could’ve used a bit of the old “plop-plop fizz-fizz oh what a relief it is.” Sure enough, Eno did the trick.

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By Christian Adams

Writer and musician in South East Asia

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