When “Eno is God” started appearing in spray paint all over NYC in the 70’s, most people were mystified. Those who were not, however, were familiar with the small-in-stature, huge-in-output genius behind Roxy Music’s otherworldly sound, David Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy” and John Cale’s “Fear is a Man’s Best Friend.” After Brian Ferry kicked Eno out of Roxy after just two albums, Eno began producing some of the most original, and influential solo records of the 1970’s.
He continued producing great bands (Talking Heads, Devo) even as his own output became far more…sedate. Credited as the inventor of “Ambient Music,” Eno explored music that no one had ever put to vinyl before. In the 1980’s he began producing U2 (after initially denying their request, and pawning them off on his protege at the time, Daniel Lanois. He is now regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the last 50 years, and luckily for us rock-n-rollers, occasionally puts out albums of songs with his longtime collaborators.