“It is very difficult to know how honest I should be about the reasons for my disappearance of Roxy,” said Eno. Melody maker at the time. “The problem is, when it’s printed, everything looks a lot more meaningful and serious when it’s not qualified by that chuckle in the back of my throat. I started out wanting to call a press conference so that I can present my case, but it is so unnecessary.
“Another reason for my reluctance,” Eno added, “is because I don’t want to damage Roxy for the sake of other people. I mean, I really like the other members, and I really like Bryan. [Ferry], in a fun way. “
There was always a friendly rivalry between Eno and Ferry – from who could steal the show on stage to who could get the most girls backstage. It basically boiled down to Ferry’s natural stage presence wrestling with Eno’s extravagant wardrobe and sonic delights.
Part of the friction was due to the group’s managers, who encouraged Ferry to take center stage. “He was pushed to do it by management,” guitarist Phil Manzanera told writer David Buckley in the Roxy Music bio. The thrill of everything. “I remember the first time we did The top of the pops and Eno being terribly upset because the only thing you’ve seen from Eno is his glove, which was a terrible mess. “
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In the end, Roxy Music was first and foremost the Ferry project. He wrote most of the material and shaped the group’s vision. But fans and critics loved Eno, who was friendlier and gave better interviews. “I didn’t really like the interview process,” Ferry said in Buckley’s bio. “I used to be really dumb. Brian, of course, trusted the shovel.”
Eno added: “It was a typical shock of young male egos. What happened was because I looked so weird visually, I got a lot of press attention. . I took some good photographs. It distorted the impression of where the creative leadership of the band was. It was definitely Bryan’s band. “
Roxy Music played one last gig with Eno in the early summer of 1973 at the York Festival. Overzealous Eno fans began to shout at Ferry’s vocals, prompting Eno to leave the stage in an attempt to defuse the situation. Ferry refused to confront Eno about the incident, and ultimately Eno decided to leave the group.
“I was pissed off by the subterfuge and wanted Bryan to tell me to my face,” Eno argued, “but he didn’t. So in the end, I just said, ‘Okay, I m ‘going.’ “The group officially announced their departure a few weeks later, on July 21, 1973, in Melody maker.
Eno’s place in the group was quickly taken over by Eddie Jobson of Curved Air, whose use of the violin added another texture to the group. Meanwhile, Eno bounced back by recording his first solo album – the classic Here are the hot jets – as good as No pussy foot, a collaboration with Robert Fripp of King Crimson.