My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, an amazing collaboration between Brian Eno and David Byrne, celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. To commemerate the occasion Nonesuch is releasing a special remastered version. They've launched a very well designed website to accompany the release. There's a ton of great content on the site including critical essays, samples, and original artwork including a Burce Connor short film. In addition they are also releasing 7 songs not on the original release and they are allowing users to download multitrack versions of the original recordings to cut up, sample and remix.
Bush of Ghosts is one of my all time favorite albums. It reminds me of the wild and heady days of the early 90s, which for me was defined by exhuberant psychedelic exploration. This album typifies that vibe. More importantly its sound is evocative of the emerging globalism and the resulting cultural conflicts of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It's an important album on many levels and I'm happy to see it being preserved and celebrated.
Trivia: My favorite track off of the ablum, "Help Me Somebody" features a sampled recording of the Bishop Paul Morton, a wild, shouting preacher and the most powerful man in New Orleans gospel. It's a frenetic recording of Morton screaming about what how you can't escape the Spirit, even in Hell. It was recorded off of an A.M. radio in New Orleans, sometime in 1980.
Talkin' funny and lookin' funny and talkin' 'bout "Nobody loves(?) me" you make yourself look bad.
Help me somebody.
You need to take a good look at yourself and see if you're the kind of person that God wants you to be.
It's no big thing, it's a small thing, what... people... think(?).
Help me somebody.
There's no escape from Him. He's so high you can't get over Him. He's so low you can't get under Him. He's so wide you can't get around Him. If you make your bed in Heaven He's there. If you make your bed in Hell He's there. He's everywhere.
Woo! Help me somebody. Woo! Help me somebody.