Healy spoke to Eno for his new “in conversation” podcast, released in the lead up to the band’s new album, Notes On a Conditional Form.
Each episode features Healy speaking to one of his musical heroes, and no one’s had a bigger influence on his creative outlook than Brian Eno. Their conversation largely focuses on Eno’s creative methods and philosophies, but also includes an exchange of mutual admiration.
“I have this idea that I don’t really like stuff unless it makes me a little bit jealous,” says Healy. The idea resonates with Eno, who feels this way towards The 1975.
“I have to say, there’s one of your songs I felt that way about, that song ‘Love It If We Made It’,” he says. For Healy this praise is like Christmas – he’s often spoken about idolising Eno, and references and homages to Eno appear throughout The 1975 catalogue. For instance, the title of the band’s third EP, 2013’s Music For Cars, is a nod to Eno’s albums Music For Airports and Music For Films.
The band’s new album includes a track called ‘The End (Music For Cars)’, which integrates the sort of ambient textures Eno’s so famous for. Eno’s also influenced the band’s visual aesthetic. The video for ‘Give Yourself a Try’ is based on the (No Pussyfooting) album sleeve; Eno’s 1973 collaboration with Robert Fripp.
Eno says ‘Love It If We Made It’ revealed the potential for political music that circumvents naïveté or browbeating. “I thought, ‘Oh my God!’ I’ve been trying for years, I’ve been thinking, ‘could anyone ever write a good political song?’” Healy doesn’t miss a beat and invites Eno into the studio to help out with the next 1975 record.
“If we do manage to physically be able to see each other again, maybe you’ll come down and help me with it?” he says “Oh, that would be wonderful. I’d love that,” says Eno.