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Are they worth checking out?
Hear their name mentioned a lot.
a big fan?
I have never heard them. They are one of those bands, I suppose, popular culture warned me to stay away from. Things change though. Well, I don't care anymore for a start.
popular culture culture's warnings? Dear me.
yes, yes I did.
We have so much in common.
said why I should listen to this band.
tell ME that. But no, you insisted on having 'no idea'. But apparently they're old, long and proggy. So far so good?
sorry. Still no idea.
But listen, if we keep this to the top of the board for long enough somebody must be able to tell us what they sound like. Eh?
Hail your wonderous thinking!
We got knocked into second.
We're back on top and getting feedback. Suimasen has an album and heard it once!
know WHAT THIS BAND SOUNDS LIKE
sounded old long and proggy, but pretty ok.
I'm into old, long and podgy.
But I still don't know what they sound like. Maybe I should put it on a second time... it's been a few years.
and describe it only using words starting with the letter Q.
to tell me something? I had an idea it was kind saxophoney, hmm a bit like the Marble Index but more Prog? More Floyd? Tell all.
Once upon a time there was a little album called Godbluff. It had four songs on it, already suggesting it was not a little bit proggy...
To be continued, as I'm now putting it on.
P.S. Shouldn't I go to bed?
in bed. Then wake up and report back.
If you like Pink Floyd, Crimson King, Jethro Tull and the Scissor Sisters you're good.
If you like any of them, chanches are decreasing, but still good.
It's basically proggy, fluty, saxy and sexy, baby!
Yes I know I drank too much for a normal weekday.
is the most ridiculous song i've heard in my life. a ludicrous d&d prog effort
apart from that i can't remember any other song of theirs (only heard the album with "aerosol" in the title a few times though) so i guess they didn't make much of an impact. and i'm quite partial to proggy jams in general
"VdGG are so out there it’s difficult to describe where ‘there’ is – it’s not really prog in the received sense although they did come to the fore at the same time and share some characteristics such as length of songs. Their uniqueness stems from an unusual line-up – often with sax and keyboard lead with no guitar or bass to be seen, brilliantly played – and the staggering writing skills and vocal style of Peter Hammill who has a pair of lungs on him which needs to be heard to be believed. Songs are complex, sometimes semi-improvised (especially live), epic in terms of subject matter (think a more lucid version of The Mars Volta) and often exhausting to listen to. Virtually household names in Italy elsewhere they were always regarded as too challenging - most people will run a mile. For those of us who get it there really is no group to compare, as VdGG deliver an emotional impact that is far beyond most band’s capabilities. It’s a cliché for fans that they have attracted the attentions of MES, Lydon, Coxon and others over the years for their unique qualities and refusal to compromise but I thought I’d mention it as no-one here seems to have a clue about them. They ceased to exist between 1978 and 2005 when they returned with a triumphant small tour, improvising around core songs with incredible energy and skill. They’re touring now as a three-piece after the departure of wonder-saxophonist David Jackson and can be caught at Cambridge, Wolverhampton, Liverpool, Leicester and the Barbican. Key albums are Pawn Hearts, Godbluff and Still Life."
for this motherfucking band
tell me, goodfolk of DiS...who else has released new music 38 years into their existence with the vigour, originality and flat-out brilliance of 'Every Bloody Emperor'?
it's all on Spotify. start with The Least We Can Do... and listen to every single fucking one.
DUH DUH LONG AND PROGGY LIEK PINK FLOYD
seriously Still Life and Godbluff are the best albums, the others are still amazing though
although I'd put Pawn Hearts pretty much up alongside them, and 'The Least...' not far behind. Add H To He... and you've got a 5-album run that matches any 5-album run in the history of music. That's not all though; even Quiet Zone/Pleasure Dome is brilliant, and that album really SHOULD be terrible. Hell, the new ones should be plain ghastly, and they're anything but!
This band is light years away from the crashingly overrated Pink Floyd (who peaked with Ummagumma IMO) and indeed the rest of prog. There's a different intelligence, a different, wilder and far more savage musical dialogue taking place. The lyrics are phenomenal. The narratives are unique. The best tracks don't have any electric guitar on them. And they still rock harder than your mum.
Sorry, most over-elaborate 'this' ever ;)
Thinking about it, Pawn Hearts might be my favourite, if only for A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers. I must admit I haven't heard anything later than World Record.
I find Peter Hammill's voice and lyrics are incredibly moving; VDGG are much more emotionally resonant to me than the other two 70s prog bands I genuinely love (King Crimson and Gentle Giant). I feel ashamed for even mentioning Pink Floyd, they were always shite.
it's because I'm pretty fucking drunk right now
Nobody has ever written a better song about being a horny student. Nobody. (Not many have written a better song full stop!) Probably my favourite lyrics of anything not penned by Nigel Blackwell.
World Record is a step down in quality - it's rushed, and not quite as sparkly as the other records. Masks and PARTS of Meurglys III are still fucken ace. And Wondering, if I'm in the mood for VdGG deciding tonight Matthew they're going to be Yes
they are amazing kraut(but english) proggy rock. Amazing live.
don't put them in the same bag as some of the other more whimsical, poncey prog bands. Like King Crimson, Van Der Graaf have a lot more fire in their belly. It's a disgrace that they weren't even mentioned on that Prog Brittania programme. Peter Hammill sounds like some Knight of the Round Table about to go to war. A lot of his solo stuff is great too. Listen to these songs by him....just pure bile and anger and passion and madness.