Song of the day: King Crimson – "21st Century Schizoid Man"

December 7, 2012

Update: This post contains music by a band that appears to have a litigious record company, because I received a complaint via Blogger that a recent Musical coincidence involving this particular band was a legal no-no (i.e., I couldn’t play a song in it).

Nevertheless, because I’ve already written today’s post I don’t want to waste it, so I’ll present it to you without an MP3 of the song I want to play you.

Update 2: Oops. It wasn’t King Crimson who didn’t appreciate me playing their music. (It was The Beatles.) Ah well. I’ll leave this post as it is. If you want to hear the MP3 of today’s song then let me know and I’ll reinstate it.

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As you may be aware, I’m on a King Crimson binge at the moment. That means I’m going to pester you with some of their music.

(Hopefully not too much, otherwise you might run away screaming from this supposedly power-pop-orientated blog. I’ll try to minimise your King Crimson exposure. But there is a fairly enormous Musical coincidence coming up – as soon as I can finish it.)

In choosing one of King Crimson’s 2,315* songs, I’ve decided to go with something containing a monster riff.

Let’s get heavy:

King Crimson – “21st Century Schizoid Man (1969)

(*That’s a guess. It may be more.)

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Musical coincidences # 343

December 6, 2012

Unfortunately for you, I’m in a huge King Crimson phase at the moment. That means I’m going to inflict you with a King Crimson song in the next few days. (I must apologise also to all the other music I’m not listening to at the moment.)

I say “huge” because King Crimson has an enormous discography – the more King Crimson I find there more there is to find. It seems infinite*. But I’m ploughing on regardless, because when I get into one of these phases I feel compelled to listen to as much of that artist’s output as I can, no matter how large it is.

In the course of my listening to King Crimson’s gazillion-and-eleventy tracks, I came across one called “Cat Food“.

It starts like this:

Update: I received a warning from Blogger about something in this post infringing on copyright. Because I’ve played you plenty of Beatles song before, but not King Crimson, my powers of deduction – however weak they are – have deduced that it must be King Crimson (or, more precisely, their record company) that I’m upsetting.

So, off with the King Crimson track. I’ll substitute it with a YouTube clip of the song.

Ah, the weirdness of copyright law…

Update 2: Well, wadda ya know? I had another look at the message I received from Blogger, and it tells me that the nastiness in this post comes not from the King Crimson track but from The Beatles’ “Come Together”. Well, colour me befuddled. This is the first time I’ve ever received a copyright infringement notice about a Beatles track.

Never mind, I’ve modified both tracks now. On with the coincidence…

King Crimson – “Cat Food” (1970) (excerpt)

That reminds me of…

The Beatles – “Come Together (1969) (excerpt)

Those bass lines are similar enough for me to say: “They’re similar enough for me”.

Here are the full versions:

King Crimson – “Cat Food” (1970)
(See above.)

The Beatles – “Come Together (1969)
(See above.)

(*It’s not infinite. Wikipedia says: “The discography of King Crimson consists of 13 studio albums, 25 live albums, 8 compilation albums, 3 EPs, 14 singles and 6 video albums.” Help!)


Musical coincidences # 341

November 29, 2012

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.)

Okey dokey.

As I was listening to King Crimson’s live album, Absent Lovers: Live In Montreal 1984, I heard this:

King Crimson – “Sleepless (1984) (live) (excerpt)

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:

King Crimson – “Sleepless (1984) (live)

Eurythmics – “Would I Lie To You?” (1985)

And here’s the studio version of “Sleepless”:

King Crimson – “Sleepless (1984)

Nerd Note: DivShare is being difficult at the moment, so I’ve had to revert to using Box.


The Non-Eternal Question (or: It’s Just A Regular Question)

October 26, 2012

I have a favour to ask of you.

I use two file-sharing services, DivShare and Box. I like them both, but at the moment I’m using only DivShare.

However, I’m sometimes bothered by the time it takes DivShare to load an MP3. When I try it on my computer, DivShare will occasionally be slow to start playing an MP3. It may just be my Internet connection, not yours, but I’m not keen on the idea of you pressing “play” and having to wait a long time to hear the track.

With that in mind, I’d like you to test an MP3 in both DivShare and Box. The main aim of the test is, as hinted at above, is to find out which file-sharing service is quicker at loading songs. I’ve provided the MP3 in three different sizes, to see if file size has any bearing on loading times.

And away we go…

The track is:

King Crimson – “Frame By Frame (1981)

1. Short/Small (0:18, 782 KB)

DivShare:

Box:

2. Medium/Reasonable (2:18, 5.3 MB)

DivShare:

Box:

3. Full/Large (5:09, 11.9 MB)

DivShare:

Box:


Song of the day: King Crimson – "Frame By Frame"

May 18, 2010

These Tuesday posts devoted to hotshot instrumentalists have been getting out of hand (no pun intended) lately, so it’s time to prune them back a little. (I’m sure you don’t want to read a 10,000-word discourse on the intricacies of a musician’s technical abilities presented in excruciating detail.)

Here’s King Crimson with the astonishing “Frame By Frame” (1981):

King Crimson – “Frame By Frame (1981)

Link

Apart from wanting to play you some King Crimson for quite some time (they’re my favourite prog rock band), I wanted to play you this particular track specifically for Robert Fripp‘s superhuman effort playing that guitar riff – it’s both frighteningly fast and accurate (that’s some mighty impressive hand-eye coordination you’ve got there, Robert), and for Adrian Belew‘s magnificent background guitar textures, and for Tony Levin‘s superbly tasteful bass playing, and for Bill Bruford‘s excellent drum work, and for… Oh, just listen to it already.

“Frame By Frame” appears on King Crimson’s 1981 album, Discipline (Wikipedia).

I honestly don’t know how anyone can play that riff. I had originally thought that it may have been studio trickery, but no, Robert plays it live, too:

King Crimson – “Frame By Frame (live) (1984)

Link

How does he do that?

Official website
King Crimson on MySpace