I was pleased to hear this week that knob-twiddler extraordinaire (in the synthesiser/studio boffin sense, that is) Brian Eno is going to back a political campaign to unseat another knob-twiddler (in the more traditional sense), Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The candidate Eno is backing is the father of a fallen soldier, who believes the war in Iraq is unjust. The manâs name is Reg Keys, which is, of course, fitting, seeing as Eno, one of the greatest music producers in the known universe and the keyboard-playing founder member of Roxy Music, is a synthesiser maestro. Which leads us to the important issue of campaign songs. What form will Regâs song take?
Remember, Reg is up against Blair, who took power on that bizarre âno, actually, Britain isnât all completely shiteâ campaign bolstered by Oasis riding the crest of the Britpop wave, when the passing of Kurt Cobain somehow enabled people to realise that grunge, with its distortion, few chords and self-centred lyrics, was really kind of awful â but clearly less awful than Oasis, with their distortion, few chords, and self-centred lyrics.
Oasis are about to release a great comeback album, apparently. Perhaps now would be the time for Blair to renew that staunch nationalism of not being completely shite by tapping into the not-quite-zeitgeist and co-opting Oasis once again. It could lead to such rallying campaign songs as âShuddup Or Our Kidâll Nut Yerâ and âIâm Fookinâ Mad, Meâ.
But where does that leave the Reg Keys campaign song? Well, really, itâs a question of, will it be one of the âsynthesisers go whooshâ Eno compositions, or one of the âsynthesisers go bleepâ Eno compositions?
Iâm in favour of the latter. In fact, Iâd go so far to suggest an excerpt from a little ditty called âThe Paw Paw Negro Blowtorchâ from the Eno album Here Come The Warm Jets. Have a listen.
Of course, there could be a very good argument to be made for Eno somehow combining both styles of music â synthesisers go whoosh and bleep â for such an auspicious occasion. I canât think of what that very good argument would be â but I can offer a pretty crap one: âBrian Eno Backs Campaignâ happens to be an anagram of âransacking bop ambianceâ, an activity that perfectly encapsulates exactly what Eno would be doing to devise such a composition.
The challenge has been issued. Itâs your move now, Brian.