Brian Eno

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1999 (The 2000 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2000 (ranked #6 in the Non-Performers - Producers/Engineers category) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Here Come The Warm Jets (1974)
Another Green World (1975)
Discreet Music (1975)
Before And After Science (1977)
Ambient 1: Music For Airports (1978)
Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (1980)
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981)
Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks (1983)
Spinner (1995)

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Deep Blue Day (1983)
An Ending (Ascent) (1983)

Brian Eno @ Wikipedia

Brian Eno Videos

Will Brian Eno be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


49 comments so far (post your own)

One of the more shocking snubs out there.

Posted by Kit on Saturday, 09.2.06 @ 10:31am

U2, David Byrne and Talking Heads, David Bowie, Devo, recently Paul Simon, and even a Genesis album! If not as a performer, then definitely as a non-performer!

Posted by APSR on Saturday, 11.18.06 @ 23:36pm

Should absolutely be in for his production work alone, but since his musical output falls far outside the conventional boundaries of "rock", you probably won't see him in as an artist.

Posted by Ron on Wednesday, 11.29.06 @ 11:39am

Yeah, although he's been very prolific as a solo artist, and *extremely* influential on electronica... I would expect him to get in as a producer, probably.

Posted by Bookhouse88 on Sunday, 01.14.07 @ 04:14am

I think that Brian Eno has influenced the sound of rock and roll through his production skills. He made wonderful rock and roll with Roxy Music and even after through the 70's. His influence is mainly on electronic music, but he should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame because without him music would be years behind what it is now. Check out the Yeah Yeah Yeah's latest album, their songs are structured and some are built like classic Eno songs.

Posted by maxy on Monday, 02.12.07 @ 12:52pm

KRAFTWERK and TANGERINE DREAM are the grandfathers of all Electronic/Synthesizer music. Do your homework !!!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 02.12.07 @ 13:53pm

Producer...ue's in as a producer.

Posted by maplejet on Thursday, 04.5.07 @ 14:41pm

Yeah, real shocking....

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.28.07 @ 21:40pm

I know, right?

Posted by Kit on Thursday, 05.24.07 @ 20:16pm

Brian Eno..??? Na

Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 06.7.07 @ 20:24pm


Posted by Kit on Thursday, 06.7.07 @ 23:50pm

Brian Eno was a member of Roxy Music between 1971-73. He is a pioneer of modern Ambient Music. A musical genre that incorporates a number of different styles. Jazz, electronic, new age, classical, traditional, world and noise.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 06.30.07 @ 10:15am

"Here Comes The Warm Jets" in 1974 was Eno's solo debut. He's recorded quite a few albums that are essential listening. Avant-garde yet accessible. Eno has a gift for mastery pop song structure.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 06.30.07 @ 12:24pm

"He is a pioneer of modern Ambient Music"

A euphymism- don't you mean elevator music?

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 10.20.07 @ 08:56am

no, he doesn't. and Eno is much more deserving than Rush.

Posted by liam on Saturday, 10.20.07 @ 09:00am

Eno is way more deserving than Rush - how da ya know? - did you use your who is more deserving meter?

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 10.24.07 @ 17:09pm

look, i know you may find it hard to accept the fact that RuSH ARE NOT THE MOST DESERVING SNUB, but we'll get you there anon.

Posted by liam on Thursday, 10.25.07 @ 13:13pm

Did you use the snubometer?

It is all just personal opinion - it is not some alogorithm

Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 10.25.07 @ 16:55pm

it is NOT all personal opinion, just your's. Eno's infleunce is far greater than that of Rush, and I don't mind how many times that I have to repeat that, or how many times you disagree.

Posted by liam on Friday, 10.26.07 @ 06:12am

It is not opinion? That is weird. So, how is it factual? So, saying a band is more influential is very difficult to measure or essentially impossible. Like Shawn once pointed out - can you measure influence on unknown bar bands across the world? Rush's influence is ubiquitous. I would agree that I really cannot say for sure though that is more than Eno.

The point is it is just personal opinion with a consensus of opinions as being most important. But, you are going to tell me that the influence is just like, "Hey, it is 39 degrees Farenheit outside." - NOT

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 10.26.07 @ 17:04pm

According to Plato: knowledge is a subset of that which is both true and believed.

Truth = reality that exists independent of ones beliefs.

Beliefs = ones convictions about the world or some idea or notion. May or may not be true.

Knowledge = occurs only when, according to Plato, when one's "beliefs" are also in accord with "truth."

My only point is is that you may believe that Eno is more influential, but the "truth" of this belief is not substantiated, and likely cannot be justified, even if it may be true. It may be measurable, but not sure how considering just asking a select group of writers would fall well short of measuring a global "truth." To really meausure it, one would need to travel the world (i.e. like Japan where Rush is pretty influential) to decipher this difficult question.

Therefore, you have not achieved knowledge, according to Plato...

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 10.26.07 @ 17:44pm

And to go one step further on PLato's view's, people, society and everything must come to a GENERAL CONSENSUS in order to get anywhere.

See where I'm going with this?

Posted by liam on Saturday, 10.27.07 @ 09:52am

Someone with the insight and musical wisdom please help me: I have now listned to "Taking Tiger Mountain.." 3 times and an still not getting much from it, losing interest.

What am I failing to connect with? Or is one of Eno's other albums a more accesible choice?
Is Eno's brilliance mostly in his production, or is there an angle I can listen with that I haven't tried yet?
His stuff is putting me to sleep.

Posted by tostada ted on Monday, 12.10.07 @ 14:10pm

From what I know, and what I've heard of him, production has always been his forte. I doubt I would have ever 'gotten' him if I hadn't already been a fan of Bowie and 90s rave/electronica, and I only got "Another Green World" a few years back, and I can't say that it's the first thing I whack in the car for long journeys.

Posted by liam on Monday, 12.10.07 @ 14:18pm

Shawn, maybe try some of his work with Roxy Music. Probably try For Your Pleasure first, since it''s their most extravagant.

Also check out his stuff from Bowie's Berlin Trilogy. Low would be the best place to start in that.

His solo stuff can be very hard to get into.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 05.5.08 @ 09:53am

2009 could be his year. He's received new exposure thanks to David Byrne doing another collaboration album with him along with the ensuing tour where Byrne only plays songs from his previous Eno-dabblings. Couple this with a new U2 album next year and Eno's exposure level is at his highest in quite some time.

Posted by Casper on Saturday, 11.22.08 @ 01:50am

I like Brian Eno's chances for this year in the Non-Performer category (excuse me, the Ahmet Ertegun Award category) even more than I like Bernie Taupin's, especially because it'd give them another reason to let Bono make a speech. And let's face it, if Brian Eno's inducted as a N-P, Bono will be the presenter.

List of Non-Performers whom I'd like to see:

Brian Eno
Bernie Taupin
Bob Crewe (and if the success of the musical "Jersey Boys" holds any sway, especially if Paul Shaffer's on the N-P electing committee this year, Crewe has a serious chance, too)
Robert Pittman
Joel Whitburn
Bernie Lowe
Kal Mann & Dave Appell
Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich
Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Mort Schuman (they've already inducted his often-partner in songwriting, Doc Pomus)

And more... those are just the ones that I can think of that I want most to see get in soon.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.22.08 @ 02:10am


How could Eno not be in? He's unquestionably among the greatest artists of the 1970s. His work is largely responsible for ambient and he helped transformed punk, post punk, and all manner of electronic and experimental musics. His work as a producer is equally noted. Brian Eno being snubbed is as confounding as The Stooges and Kraftwerk's absence in the hall.

Posted by Jonas on Thursday, 12.18.08 @ 00:44am

Eno definitely deserves to be entered as a performer. You all seem to be forgetting that his first 3-4 solo albums were mostly experimental rock/ pop. Not to mention his HUGE influence on the sound and structure of rock and pop from the 70s onward.

To anyone who hasnt heard much Eno before and would like to know why he deserves to be in the Hall, listen to "Another Green World".

Posted by yonnie on Tuesday, 03.23.10 @ 13:06pm

Let's see:
a) Founding member of the hyper-influential and immortal Roxy Music.
b) Father of ambient music.
c) Producer of iconic albums by Bowie, U2, Talking Heads, James, Paul Simon, and even Coldplay, etc. etc.
d) Add up his credits as a Roxy member, solo performer, and producer, and voila --- the most representative person on planet earth in the Rolling Stone top 500 albumns of all time.

Posted by JOB on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 22:29pm

YES. Brian Eno is the person that needs to be in there the most of anyone snubbed so far. Is there even a reason on earth why NOT to induct Brian Eno? I don't think so. One of the most influential people in music.

Posted by Calzone on Wednesday, 08.18.10 @ 19:09pm

Actually, his solo recording career alone merits induction -- it's a triple threat of influence, innovation AND quality. Compounded with his career as a producer, it makes him a no brainer. But still we wait...

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 11.28.10 @ 20:47pm

His first couple albums aren't that hard to listen to actually, despite what people say... basically just trippy, electric doo-wop. It evolves though.

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 11.28.10 @ 20:51pm

He'll get in with Roxy Music.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.28.10 @ 21:33pm

Yeah, and John, Paul and George all got elected solo. His career has been much stronger in all aspects than that of Paul and George. Furthermore, he's been more innovative than John solo, and probably more influential. I wouldn't say better though.

..but yeah... will and deserves to be are two different things.

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 11.28.10 @ 21:55pm

All aspects that matter, that is... obviously not sales (see McCartney).

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 11.28.10 @ 21:57pm

It is a joke that Eno has been eligible for over a decade now and hasn't even been previously considered, not even once!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 03.29.11 @ 17:07pm

One of the most mind boggling omissions...How is he not in?

Posted by Egglay on Thursday, 03.31.11 @ 17:43pm

In my opinion, the fact that he wrote "Babys on Fire" should put Brian Eno in the hall of fame. that's how good it is. That song is genius. The guitar is absolutely vicious. Raw, powerful, "Babys on fire" is like no other song I've heard.

Posted by Matt on Sunday, 02.19.12 @ 23:49pm

I think Brian Eno has a far stronger case for induction as a non-performer, considering his track record as a producer for other acts. I mean, look at some of the acts he produced albums for: Talking Heads, U2, Devo, Ultravox, and Coldplay.

Posted by Zach on Monday, 06.25.12 @ 21:50pm

Brian Eno and Mike Oldfield have the same birthday, May 15. Eno was born in 1948 while Oldfield was born in 1953.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 06.26.12 @ 04:33am

No. Not far stronger. Not even stronger. Maybe from a mainstream point of view.

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 11.21.12 @ 16:41pm

Actually, Brian Eno's strongest legacy is neither his production work or his solo career. It's his tenure in Roxy Music that will be remembered the best, and rightfully so. Ambient music has its place, but its impact is not even close to Roxy Music's, artistically, critically, or commercially. Also, I doubt the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is in a rush to start recognizing ambient music. It's one of those genres that mostly exists within its own universe, rarely crossing over with other genres of music.

With all that said, I still maintain that Brian Eno has a much meatier case for induction as a producer. The list of critically acclaimed albums he's produced or had some involvement with is like an all-star baseball team: David Bowie's Berlin trilogy, Ultravox!'s self-titled debut, The Joshua Tree, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Remain in Light, Fear of Music, Achtung Baby, etc. I'm not a fan of all these albums (U2 particularly), but this is a litany of some of the most important albums released in the last 35 years.

My musical point of view is hardly mainstream. I avoid current mainstream music (Current music for me is anything from the 1990s onward) like the flu. I'm too busy educating myself on the past (1980s and before) to really pay attention to current music, mainstream or underground. There are a few contemporary acts that interest me (The Scissor Sisters, J.D. McPherson), but I would much rather discover old doo wop or glam rock artists than what's being released now.

Posted by Zach on Sunday, 12.2.12 @ 19:14pm

"Actually, Brian Eno's strongest legacy is neither his production work or his solo career. It's his tenure in Roxy Music that will be remembered the best, and rightfully so."

Hardly. He was with Roxy for two albums and only one of their greats (For Your Pleasure).

"Ambient music has its place, but its impact is not even close to Roxy Music's, artistically, critically, or commercially."

Actually, four of the five solo albums Eno released BEFORE Ambient 1 are legitimate classics in music that's essentially non-ambient. (Broadly speaking, they're experimental/alternative).

Posted by Chalkie on Friday, 12.7.12 @ 18:54pm

Seems like a perfect and overdue fit for the Hall's ambiguous Musical Excellence category. Seems to me that that would be a tailor made catch-all for both his recording artist and producer careers, both of which deserve acknowledgement.

Posted by DarinRG on Tuesday, 11.12.13 @ 01:23am

Seems like a perfect and overdue fit for the Hall's ambiguous Musical Excellence category. Seems to me that that would be a tailor made catch-all for both his recording artist and producer careers, both of which deserve acknowledgement.

Posted by DarinRG on Tuesday, 11.12.13 @ 01:24am

I agree with you DarinRG. He is a good fit for the "Award for Musical Excellence" since he is both a performer and non-performer and a good fit for artists the same as Eno.

Posted by John R.C. on Tuesday, 11.12.13 @ 02:02am

I cannot believe Eno is not in. Changed the course of rock music.

Posted by Brett Roberts on Tuesday, 05.5.15 @ 07:30am

We need to see Joe Cocker Get in

Posted by Joseph Aloi on Saturday, 05.6.17 @ 06:15am

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