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Happy Birthday, Brian Eno!

Light 61 candles for Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, Music Mixers: the onetime Roxy Music member, recent helmer of Coldplay’s Grammy-gorging Viva la Vida, and creator of the six-second start-up music-sound of the Windows 95 operating system (really!), who is often referred to as “the father of ambient music” – in fact, he coined the very phrase – was born on this day in 1948.

To celebrate, I suggest donning blackout shades and coccooning oneself in a blanket made of baby-marmoset fur while listening to “Deep Blue Day.” (You probably know it from the infamous Trainspotting scene where Ewan McGregor goes diving for opiates in a filthy pub toilet turned dreamy aquatic wonderland, but let’s not go to there first thing in morning, yeah?)

Or, pull out some of the masterful albums he’s produced or co-produced (U2’s Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby, Talking Heads’ More Songs About Buildings and Food). Myself, I will be interpretive-dancing at my desk to his 1973 glam classic “Baby’s On Fire,” as covered so memorably below in the glammiest of faux rock biopics, 1998’s Velvet Goldmine (what is UP with Ewan McGregor and Brian Eno? Wonder twins!):

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