Too much blusher, Bri?
The question came from Brenda in Barnwood, Gloucester, who asked:
What make-up does Eno use on and off stage and does he sing on any tracks of “Roxy Music”?
Brenda was one of three readers who sent in questions for Brian Eno to Melody Maker, April 21st 1973. Eno was more than happy to share his favorite makeup tips:
My make up is the same both on and off stage to a greater or lesser degree. It consists of a large selection of things including Quant, Revlon, Schwarzkopps and Yardley. I just choose whatever colour appeals to me at the time.
On my eyes I use six different colours by three different makers. I’m using Quant crayons quite a lot at present
His favorite crayons by Mary Quant.
Quant crayons came out sometime around the late 1960s—dates vary between 1966 to 1969. These make-up accessories were de rigueur for many a young girl and ambitious glam rocker. According to those who used and liked Quant’s crayons—they were “really high quality, the colors were great and they blended incredibly well.”
Alas, these exotic crayons are no longer available, but questioner Brenda Merrett is still a fan of Eno.
As for singing with Roxy Music Eno replied:
I don’t sing lead vocals at any time—only backing vocals. These are nearly always done by Andy MacKay and myself. Examples are “Would You Believe,” “If There Is Something” and “Bitter’s [sic] End.”
Eno joined Roxy Music after a chance meeting:
As a result of going into a subway station and meeting saxophonist Andy Mackay, I joined Roxy Music, and, as a result of that, I have a career in music. If I’d walked ten yards further on the platform, or missed that train, or been in the next carriage, I probably would have been an art teacher now.
After the jump, Brian Eno singing his debut single “Seven Deadly Finns” on Dutch television…