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We Could Be Heroes
:: Posted by AgentOrange on February 19, 2016

Posted by albemuth on February 18, 2016 wrote:

 

"But the song (Heroes) is very difficult and I have never heard a good cover of it (including KC)."

 

Check out Peter Gabrielís cover and lead track on Scratch My Back. The Deluxe CD even has an alternate mix on Disc 2. No guitar. Sparse piano and a bit of acoustic orchestra. Chilling ambient heaven.


Reasons to love the '70s
:: Posted by Frippouille on February 18, 2016

Hi there!

Stumbled upon this :

ęThere are lots of un-ironic reasons to love the 1970s, but most of them are musicalóthe punk explosion, No-Wave/mutant disco, MotŲrhead, Thin White Duke era Bowie, those really kickass King Crimson albums with John Wetton, and on and on and on.Ľ

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/this_ghastly_and_amazing_70s_house_that_time_forgot



Between and Bowie
:: Posted by albemuth on February 18, 2016

I never thought of KC as being outside the mainstream.  Prog was a reasonably-good market in the early 1970s.  KC was interesting, then and later, because it put itself in between pop music and avant guard.  Itís a tough balancing act.  To his credit, Fripp has recognized when it is necessary to walk away from the market.  It does not lessen KCís accomplishments to say that the other thing is true also: that Fripp was careful to insure that KC was commercially viable.

Kanye West is also in between, but in a different sort of way.  Listening to the new disk, it is hard not to marvel that those truly weird sounds are on a "mainstream" release. 

I donít think it mattered much that Nile Rodgers had a different interpretation of Heroes.  But the song is very difficult and I have never heard a good cover of it (including KC).  The main thing is that the vocals need power and pain.  Lady Gaga has the power but not the pain.  Her review of Bowieís songs was a little too "Vegas."  I think she meant well and was glad to see her and Rodgers having fun.  But Bowie is deeper stuff.


Bowie and the Grammys
:: Posted by snkzato1 on February 18, 2016

Perhaps Iím being overly critical, but was I the only one frustrated to see only ONE person who had worked with David Bowie performing during his tribute piece on Monday nightís Grammys?

Why not include the many living musicians who were involved in his recording and touring life....many of them Crimson affiliates. Nile Rodgers, bless his heart, did a terrible job of Frippís part on "Heroes". Not sure if Robert would ever want to be on The Grammy stage (except to maybe get a few minutes to blast the big record companies on national television), but someone needed to be there to do it justice. Iím sure Belew could have done a serviceable job.

Iím assuming the thought process went "Well yea we could invite the many living people who worked with David Bowie to perform some of his songs...but the kids really dig Lady Gaga. Throw Nile Rodgers in for good measure"


Seriously.
:: Posted by writingmiles on February 16, 2016

Come, now. Music is not dying. Just listen.


KCC42
:: Posted by brighton on February 16, 2016

Does anyone know when KCC42 will be shipped?


KC US Tour??
:: Posted by crimhead73 on February 16, 2016

Dear King Crimson,

Please come back to the US!! Music is dying out here and we need someone to revive it with great musical power and fire!!!

Your biggest fan,
Chazz Hannah


Flirting with disaster?
:: Posted by emory0 on February 14, 2016

"The 80ís band was outside the mainstream"

Well, my statement was probably colored by personal experience. I think I last saw the 80s band at the Pier across from the Chinese consulate by 42nd Street here in NYC, and there were many thousands of people there, on several nights running too. (Thereís a photo somewhere that Tony Levin took of the audience for one of those performances.) I also remember carrying ToaPP under my arm through Brooklyn one summer evening (years before the hispter influx) and hearing some kid sitting on a stoop yell out: "Rockiní out with King Crimson!"


Oh, and as a footnote, prior to a Double Duo performance I remember talking to a French couple outside Town Hall and the woman said that the 80s band had been her favorite group...she didnít even know King Crimson still existed! So it "felt" like the 80s band had achieved a certain measure of popularity.


Mellow II
:: Posted by AcousticPhenomena on February 13, 2016

Okay, Mellow II is awesome....I guess its name insinuates that thereís a Mellow I???


KCCC release date?
:: Posted by DanAnderson on February 12, 2016

Is there a tentative release date for the newest KCCC?


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