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#1 chemistry1973

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Posted 14 May 2016 - 09:08 PM

Well, this is awesome:

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=12OAkDo8fcA
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Posted 14 May 2016 - 09:54 PM

He's a great guitar player and pretty damn good singer too.


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Posted 14 May 2016 - 11:15 PM

Honestly, he's my favorite part of KC.  Or was, when he was in it.


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labente deinde paulatim disciplina velut desidentes primo mores sequatur animo, deinde ut magis magisque lapsi sint, tum ire coeperint praecipites, donec ad haec tempora quibus nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus perventum est.

 

First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.

 
 

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 09:11 AM

Oh yes. If you're good enough to play guitar in Zappa's band then get stolen by Bowie, you're undoubtedly very good.


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Posted 15 May 2016 - 03:23 PM

Adrian adds that pop sensibility, and the perfect amount of weirdness.
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Posted 15 May 2016 - 04:02 PM

I really love his songs. I like his voice and his unique guitar sound. I am not as much a fan of the "noodling widdley widdley" that sometimes happens in his solo stuff.

 


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“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals.” - Tom Petty

 

 


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Posted 15 May 2016 - 06:32 PM

My favorite Adrian Belew story is the one regarding "Thela hun ginjeet."


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labente deinde paulatim disciplina velut desidentes primo mores sequatur animo, deinde ut magis magisque lapsi sint, tum ire coeperint praecipites, donec ad haec tempora quibus nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus perventum est.

 

First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.

 
 

#8 chemistry1973

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 07:17 PM

Much more successful a song than 'Anagram For Mongo'.

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 07:23 PM

I saw him when he opened for Eric Johnson at Sunset Station in San Antonio about 10-12 years ago.  Absolutely amazing show.  The bassist was incredible and over the years I've tried to find out more about him.  Haven't been able to get the correct spelling of his last name, but I'm pretty sure his first name was Mike.  And I THINK his last name started with an M and it was an unusual spelling of a more or less common last name.  I know this guy had huge cred and I would love to hear more of his stuff...he made sounds with that bass that I've NEVER heard done before.  

 

If any of you guys know who I'm referring to...post!



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Posted 15 May 2016 - 07:50 PM

Mike---

Bernier -chapman stick player
Barnett- bass player
Gallaher- ripping guitar player and bass player
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Posted 15 May 2016 - 10:08 PM

Gallaher!  

 

Yes, I've been looking for it...but that's him.  Dude is AMAZING on the bass.


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Posted 16 May 2016 - 02:53 PM

I love that he played with Talking Heads, Zappa and Bowie. But, for some reason, KC never really clicked with me.

I've been meaning to try again. Is chronological the way to go?
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#13 chemistry1973

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 03:14 PM

I would start with The Power to Believe and go backwards.

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 03:21 PM

I love that he played with Talking Heads, Zappa and Bowie. But, for some reason, KC never really clicked with me.

I've been meaning to try again. Is chronological the way to go?

 

As for KC, just get Discipline and then Three of a Perfect Pair.  Belew-era King Crimson is not like any of the other eras.  Has a harder, biting edge.



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Posted 16 May 2016 - 03:27 PM

Power to Believe is a WEIRD album, though.
I feel like Discipline is pretty accessible, as an album.  It has mellow almost-ballads like "Matte kudasai," a token pop tune in "Frame by Frame,"  and proggy instrumental stuff like "Discipline" and "The Sheltering Sky."
I posted the story of "Thela hun ginjeet" earlier, and that's a good tune there, too.

Honestly, if I were going to recommend an intro to KC, Discipline is where I'd say to start.  It's the closest they got to mainstream, melodic. It's almost like the Talking Heads, at times (especially "Elephant Talk").  Which is fitting, given Belew. 


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labente deinde paulatim disciplina velut desidentes primo mores sequatur animo, deinde ut magis magisque lapsi sint, tum ire coeperint praecipites, donec ad haec tempora quibus nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus perventum est.

 

First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.

 
 

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 04:39 PM

I don't know. It just depends. I believe PTB is way more accessible and modern than Discipline--which is a masterpiece, but I believe it's a bit esoteric sounding for someone that hasn't heard them before.

Eyes Wide Open and Be Happy With... are probably the most pop-friendly tracks they've ever written. And they're great.

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 04:47 PM

I don't know. It just depends. I believe PTB is way more accessible and modern than Discipline--which is a masterpiece, but I believe it's a bit esoteric sounding for someone that hasn't heard them before.

Eyes Wide Open and Be Happy With... are probably the most pop-friendly tracks they've ever written. And they're great.

Yeah, but the album is almost entirely instrumental.  I guess that can be good or bad.  I don't know the specifics of PD's tastes in music.

(Don't get me wrong, I prefer The Power to Believe as an album.  It's probably my favorite KC disc.)


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labente deinde paulatim disciplina velut desidentes primo mores sequatur animo, deinde ut magis magisque lapsi sint, tum ire coeperint praecipites, donec ad haec tempora quibus nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus perventum est.

 

First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.

 
 

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 05:59 PM

THRAK will melt your face.  I'd start with that.


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Posted 16 May 2016 - 06:05 PM

THRAK will melt your face.  I'd start with that.

 

Good suggestion.



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Posted 16 May 2016 - 06:07 PM

He's a great guitar player and pretty damn good singer too.

 

Definitely not an easy pattern to play and sing to.


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