The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Monday, April 09, 2007
BRIAN ENO AND DAVID BYRNE ON MAKING
MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS:
Eno and Byrne became fascinated with American radio's managerie of evangelist preachers, right-wing pundits, and callers phoning in to live talk radio shows. Radio, it seemed to Eno, was America's seething id, its political unconscious. "In Britain or Europe, the presenters are picked for their qualities of calmness or obvious rationality," he told the Guardian. "Here you get the nuttiest people in charge of the airwaves." Tuning in to the born-again fundamentalists, they soon noticed "a contradiction" at the heart of the ranting and raving, says Byrne. "Some of it was declamatory finger waving, but with a lot of the preaching there was this ecstatic element. The performance was saying the opposite of what the text was saying. The words were all about 'thou shalt not' but the delivery was completely sexual. I thought, 'Great, the conflict is embodied right there.'" Similarly, the fervor of Baptist and Pentecostal congregations struck Byrne as "very similar to wild rock concerts or disco, the communal feeling where everyone gets swept up."
(from Simon Reynolds, Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk, 1978-1984)


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