I’m in a full-on King Crimson phase at the moment. I don’t know how it started, and I don’t know why it started, but it started. I’m now listening to as much King Crimson as I can, but I fear it’s going to take a while because they have an enormous discography. (13 studio albums, 25 live albums, 8 compilation albums, and 3 EPs. Eek!)
I’m currently diggin’ the 80’s incarnation of King Crimson (the band’s been through a few line-up changes since it began in 1968), and during my 80’s-model KC listening travels I came across a bit of music that immediately reminded me of the start of a very well-known number 1 song that’s also from the 1980s.
Rather than waste your time with a few more paragraphs about King Crimson (I’d like to, but I’m picturing you yawning right now), I’ll get to the point. Otherwise this post may end up a little longer than I had originally planned. (I had originally planned it to be short.)
As I was listening to King Crimson’s live album, Absent Lovers: Live In Montreal 1984, I heard this:
That sounded very familiar. It reminded me of this:
Eurythmics – “Would I Lie To You?” (1985) (excerpt)
I wonder if the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart had been listening to King Crimson at all when he was in the process of writing “Would I Lie To You?”.
Anyway, here are the full versions:
Eurythmics – “Would I Lie To You?” (1985)
And here’s the studio version of “Sleepless”: