1981 - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Print
Sunday, 03 August 2008 13:20

My life in the Bush of Ghosts

Both Brian Eno and David Byrne had, for a number of years, been interested in non- Western music styles, particularly those of sub-Saharan African of the Arabic cultural sphere; In the Talking Heads /Eno records, such influences function implicitly, but on the album 'My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts' they became explicit.
Over Rhythmic and harmonic backing tracks, played by Eno, Byrne and eleven other musicians, Eno and Byrne superimposed taped voices from a variety of sources. 'It's almost collage music, like grafting a piece of one culture onto a piece of another onto a piece of another, and trying to make them work as a coherent musical idea, and also trying to make something you can dance to' mentioned Eno."
The title of the album is inspired by Amos Tutuola's novel with the same title.
Tracks:
  • America Is Waiting
  • Mea Culpa
  • Regiment
  • Help Me Somebody
  • The Jezebel Spirit
  • Qu'ran *
  • Moonlight In Glory
  • The Carrier
  • A Secret Life
  • Come With Us
  • Mountain Of Needles
* = The later edition of the album contain a track called 'Very Very Hungry' instead of 'Qu'ran'. Both versions of the LP are available on CD, and some US-edition contains both tracks.
A bootleg entitled 'Ghosts' contains some different versions and unreleased tracks from the 'Bush Of Ghosts' sessions, including the original version of 'The Jezebel Spirit' with the uncleared samples of Katherine Kuhlman. See the bootleg survey for more details