15 November, 2013


Posted by Socrates in music, Socrates at 10:12 pm | Permanent Link

“Epitaph” (1969) by the rock group King Crimson. Sung by Greg Lake (of Emerson, Lake and Palmer). Lake has a fine voice. (At YouTube, some versions of this song had good videos, but this non-video version sounds better).


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  7. 12 Responses to “Song”

    1. Tim McGreen Says:

      After the Revolution one of the first things I’m going to do is give a boot in the ass to all those lame-O FM radio “personalities”. They’ll tumble down the stairs and be tossed out into the street, with all the shitty songs that they used to play heaped on top of them. Then we’ll use their airwaves to play Bach or Pink Floyd’s Meddle all day. On Saturday nights we’ll play Oi music by English hatecore bands. No more “Open Arms” by Journey or that other gay song by Styx that I really hate. And no more god damn commercials. Except for head shops, pro-White organizations and brothels.

    2. Howdy Doody Says:


    3. Mel Brooks Says:

      Ahh..that Mellotron! Yet another brilliant, out-of-the-blue white man invention. One of the greatest pleasures I got as a prog-loving kid in the 70s was reading the lengthly screeds by all those smart-ass New Yawk rock critics bemoaning any popular music that didn’t owe much if anything to kneegrow music. That stuff took my mind places it never dared go on it’s own. As is so often the case, when confronted with something crude and ill-formed, YT breaks it into bits and makes something wonderful of it. That’s what the prog outfits did with rock & roll. Lake was (is?) indeed a terrific singer. He had a bit of a temper too, I recall reading an article in the day when he said that rock critics were horribly biased and that they hate it that their pet bands never make it.

      I too have fond memories of genuine, free-form FM radio. I recall one night back in 1975 or thereabouts, coming home quite baked-I put my trusty Realistic receiver on KSAN, woke my brother up and finished a joint with him. The jock cues up Led Zep’s “In My Time of Dying” YEAH! And about halfway in, the groove locks up. We were in hysterics, couldn’t believe what we were hearing. After about 15 minutes, the locked groove ends and the tune finishes. The jock comes on and in those practiced, proximity-effected FM radio tones says, ” That was the special 25 minute version of In My Time of Dying”. Perfect. I wonder where he got himself off to, or into..LOL

      And now we have Clear Channel. Ugh. AM is all Neo-kahn hot air, FM is in it’s death throes, playing quite possibly the worst popular music ever made. I hate to sound like my parents (In fact, my 84 year-old mom loves Meddle and DSOTM:), but I don’t hear anything in this modern stuff-something’s gone horribly wrong. I still believe in over-the-air radio, and though I’m grateful for services such as Pandora and Shoutcast, it’s all kind of airless and sterile. One of the finest sentiments put forth in (fairly) recent memory was in the Rush tune “The Spirit of Radio”. It WAS magic, “a gift beyond price, almost free”


    4. Tim McGreen Says:

      I was going to mention the use of the mellotron in the featured King Crimson song, but I didn’t think anyone would know what I was talking about. I think it was Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones who was the first to play it, in the Stones’ 1967 song 2000 Light Years From Home, which is one of my favorites. Another great band, Free, used it for A Little Bit of Love, as did the Moody Blues and Led Zeppelin. The mellotron was used by English bands a lot in the late 60s and early 70s but I don’t know of any American bands who played it.

    5. fd Says:

      Don’t forget FRAKENSTEIN by Edgar Winter Group — It’s instrumental which gives you a break from lyrics.

    6. fd Says:

      After the bitter civil rights struggle ended, the White South acquitted itself by unleashing a music Renaissance hitherto unknown. Outlaw country burst on the scene in Texas which was reinforced by Southern hard rock bands flying the DIXIE BATTLE FLAG at music venues. Willie Nelson smoked marijuana on the White House roof while staying in the Lincoln bedroom with his wife of that time.

    7. Tim McGreen Says:

      Good point about being given a break from lyrics in songs, fd. Not enough great rock instrumentals. But there are some, like Frankenstein, Hocus Pocus and Beck’s Bolero. Do you like Johnny Winter, by the way? Truly great Texas blues rock.

    8. fd Says:

      Yes, I like blues man Johnny. Edgar and Johnny are Xtra White. They could get sunburn in the shade.

    9. fd Says:

      There’s an old instrumental from the ’60s–pipeline. It’s a classic.

    10. fd Says:

      The Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead and some others played long instrumental jams.

      Duane Allman was voted 2d greatest guitarist behind Jimi Hendrix. Duane didn’t last very long. There are videos on youtube showing Duane Allman playing the guitar at Fillmore East. He was so talented it appears as though the guitar is a part of his body.

    11. Stan Sikorski Says:

      Excellent choice of songs! Mellotron heaven and lyrics with real meaning sung by one of the world’s greatest White singers. Thank you Socrates! Now I’m onto Schiziod Man and heading for Court of the Krimson King.

    12. Stan Sikorski Says:

      Another piece of White mastery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Osse7w9fs