Grant Coleman is never wrong.
However, sometimes he doesn’t speak clearly, especially after he’s talking after a whole lot of beer.
I erroneously stated that Brian Eno was a fresh face on the block back in the 80’s. Now, I knew about his soft ass 70’s shit, but I was mainly talking about him as a producer.
However, apparently I had a lapse in perfection and completely forgot about his work with David Bowie and Talking Heads (two acts I don’t listen to on a regular basis, maybe I will get into them one day, please shut up). So he had been around for several years before he added some soul to U2’s “The Unforgettable Fire” (two, count ‘em two songs about MLK Jr….funky!!!) in ‘84.
However, I stick to my main point…that was still less than a decade into his professional whatever career. New faces that shake shit up usually last a while, and from what I’ve heard, he’s been involved with a bunch of cool shit, even after 3 decades. However, they found out his style worked long ago, so any mainstream act like Coldplay working with him nags of idol fulfillment. It’s like when Bush, after getting pegged with their Nirvana-esque bullshit, decided to have Steve Albini (Nirvana’s “In Utero”) come in and produce their follow up (yeah, Nirvana did the same thing to The Pixies with the same guy, but talking about it anymore would be lame).
So whereas I like Viva la Bamba or whatever, I wouldn’t call it experimental. But it pleases naked chicks, so I’ll take it.
- Grant Coleman