Brian Eno: ‘Records? They’re Like Whale Blubber’
Brian Eno has declared that, in his opinion, people should get used to the fact that the ‘record age’ is over.
Talking to The Guardian, the man who’s worked with Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads and U2 among others says:
“I think records were just a little bubble through time and those who made a living from them for a while were lucky. There is no reason why anyone should have made so much money from selling records except that everything was right for this period of time.
“I always knew it would run out sooner or later. It couldn’t last, and now it’s running out. I don’t particularly care that it is and like the way things are going.
“The record age was just a blip. It was a bit like if you had a source of whale blubber in the 1840s and it could be used as fuel. Before gas came along, if you traded in whale blubber, you were the richest man on Earth. Then gas came along and you’d be stuck with your whale blubber.
“Sorry, mate – history’s moving along. Recorded music equals whale blubber. Eventually, something else will replace it.”
Eno doesn’t actually suggest what he thinks will replace records, but you can read the whole interview – warning; brain box alert! – here.