BLOODY WELL WRITE
Missives, musings and tweets from Planet Prog.
It is rare not to read within the pages of ‘The World’s Greatest Magazine’ somewhere someone extolling the virtues of some band’s music by referring it in presumably hushed tones as being reminiscent of ‘early King Crimson’. Whilst I take this as praiseworthy and it keeps me reading, I do so with gritted teeth at the lazy journalism. What is ‘early Crimson’? The sturm and drang of Schizoid including ‘the jazzy bit’ or the pastoral Moonchild or the epic Epitaph? And that’s just the first album. Or does it mean the leitmotifs of Peace, the brilliantly weird Cat Food or the lazy day Cadence? Or should I infer it’s just the overall Islands mélange of styles that I am supposed to read into the reference? It is a universal fact that Crimson are brilliant and all of their work (oops, should I say oeuvre?) is worth repeated listening to (and sharing with those not yet in our sacred guild), but please, journos, can we be as precise as the musical interplay that all Crim alumni demonstrate album after album?
And by the way, all Prog Gods have been worthy winners but please, oh please, does Mr Robert not deserve deification some time very soon? The epitome of progness… although he’d probably shudder at reading that.