What I think he was trying to do was to duck the momentum of a successful career. The main problem with success is that it has a huge momentum. It's like you've got this big train behind you and it wants you to carry on going the same way. Nobody wants you to step off the tracks and start looking around in the scrub around the edges because nobody can see anything promising there.
Brian Eno, interview by Paul Gambaccini, Strange Fascination, 2001 edition.