#tbt Brian Eno / Here Comes The Warm Jets (1974)

By Randy Nieto
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Label: ISLAND RECORDS
Year: 1974

Here Come the Warm Jets is Brian Eno’s debut solo album. Simply released under the name “Eno” and affectionately titled after a satisfying trip to the washroom, Warm Jets features members of King Crimson and Roxy Music. Needle in the Camel’s Eye is the first song and the album’s most popular single, but some would say (some being me) not even close to being the best tune on the record. Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch has a clear vocal influence from Brian Ferry, no doubt from Eno’s tenure in Roxy Music. Cindy Tells Me sounds like The Velvet Underground if they simply turned up the gain on their amplifiers. Baby’s on Fire, a poppy and sarcastic song, dares the listener to take Brian Eno seriously, and how can you not, with overly melodic lyrics and guitar solos that totally shred in between each verse.

The most amazing thing about this album is not the catchy lyrics, wicked solos, or glam rock sound of the 1970’s, but really the innovation of production on the record. Experimental guitar noise weaves in and out of each song, and the swooshing soundscapes surface at just the right times that would bring chills down any audiophile’s spine. Here Come the Warm Jets is the album Radiohead wish they had made and probably came closest to on Ok Computer. I’m not sure why Brian Eno left Roxy music, maybe he got tired of people mistaking him for Riff Raff from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Or maybe all the lipstick and eyeshadow finally seeped into his brain. Whatever the reason, we are glad he did, because we wouldn’t have a lot of the great music we have today were it not for this revolutionary musician. If you have not heard it yet, check out “Needle in the Camel’s Eye” below.

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