Anglo For Your Ear: Brian Eno’s “I’ll Come Running”

This is definitely a top 5 favorite for me. In fact, if I ever had my own TV show, Brian Eno‘s 1975 track “I’ll Come Running” (audio only) would be the theme song. Eno, genius producer and former Roxy Music member, wasn’t a great singer, but he has a deadpan English accent that makes lyrics like “I’ll come running to tie your shoes” take on a deeper wit. It’s a shame that Eno’s solo work isn’t as revered as his work for other artists (Talking Heads, U2, David Bowie) – there’s a lot of great melodic, experimental yet accessible material to plumb through. (The film Velvet Goldmine thankfully exposed many people to Eno classics like “Needles in the Camel’s Eye” and “Baby’s On Fire.”)

Also check out his song, “Backwater,” from his 1977 album Before and After Science, which contains the line “Oh what to do? Not a sausage to do!”

Brian Eno - Another Green World - I'll Come Running Download Brian Eno’s “I’ll Come Running”

Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets - Baby's On Fire Download Brian Eno’s “Baby’s On Fire”

Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets - Needles In the Camel's Eye Download Brian Eno’s “Needles in the Camel’s Eye”

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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