"Ah, Brian,” says Collins with a laugh. “The mad professor. Except he wasn’t really mad, just had his own way of doing things.”
Their paths crossed when Genesis and Eno were working in the same studio – the former recording what was their greatest prog rock blowout, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, while the latter was working on his second post-Roxy Music album, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy).
“I wasn’t really a huge fan of Roxy Music, but Brian came along and helped out with some vocal effects on one of our tracks [credited as ‘Enossification’], and I was sent upstairs to play on one of his as a sort of payment in kind,” says Collins.
“For some reason we hit it off. I liked his sense of humour and he must have liked mine, because he asked me back to play on another three albums.”
Those records – Another Green World, Before And After Science and Music For Films – were, as Collins puts it, “a world away from Genesis. It was like painting by numbers, but in a really left-field way. They taught me a lot about making music in completely different ways.”