King Crimson, R.I.P. Andy Gill of Gang of Four

King Crimson is a legendary progressive rock band that has evolved through the decades in innovative, and sometimes surprising ways. This week, Greg and Jim explore the constant evolution of the classic band that refuses to rest on its laurels. Plus, Jim and Greg pay tribute to Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, dead at the age of 64.

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King Crimson

King Crimson is a classic band that consistently rejects nostalgia. On this week's show, Jim and Greg highlight three distinct periods of innovation in their decades long career and highlight three key albums: 1969's Court of the Crimson King (an early prog rock classic), 1974's Red (a proto-metal album that's only grown in reputation over the years), and 1981's Discipline (a new wave/experimental record on par with work by then-contemporaries like the Talking Heads). Three distinctive sounds from one band with only one constant member: founding guitarist Robert Fripp.


Obituary- Andy Gill of Gang of Four

Andy Gill, left, with Jon King This week we pay tribute to the only constant member of Gang of Four: guitarist Andy Gill (no relation to Sound Opinions producer Andrew Gill.) He died February 1 at age 64. A band spokesperson said he succumbed to pneumonia.

The post-punk innovator was known for being an“anti-lead guitarist,”eschewing traditional solos and instead approaching the instrument as a noise machine. When he and Gang of Four vocalist Jon King were on Sound Opinions in 2011, Gill said,“There's enough noodling in the world, there's enough guitar solos. The noise thing is inherently more interesting.”

After Gang of Four reunited in 2004, Gill kept the group going even after King's eventual departure in 2011, touring through November 2019 and releasing the album“Happy Now”last year.

Jim and Greg agree Gill's legacy will live on through countless bands who were influenced by his musical style and inspired by his political activism.

Featured Songs

  1. King Crimson, The Court of the Crimson King, In the Court of the Crimson King, Island, 1969
  2. King Crimson, Red, Red, Island, 1974
  3. Gang of Four, Natural's Not In It, Entertainment!, EMI, 1979
  4. King Crimson, 21st Century Schizoid Man, In the Court of the Crimson King, Island, 1969
  5. Giles, Giles and Fripp, North Meadow, The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp, Deram, 1968
  6. The Moody Blues, The Afternoon, Days Of Future Passed, Deram, 1967
  7. Kanye West, Power, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Def Jam / Roc-A-Fella, 2010
  8. King Crimson, I Talk to the Wind, In the Court of the Crimson King, Island, 1969
  9. King Crimson, Epitaph, In the Court of the Crimson King, Island, 1969
  10. Foreigner, Cold As Ice, Foreigner, Atlantic, 1977
  11. King Crimson, Moonchild, In the Court of the Crimson King, Island, 1969
  12. King Crimson, A Man, A City (Live at the Fillmore West, 1969), Epitaph, Discipline Mobile Global, 1997
  13. King Crimson, Providence, Red, Island, 1974
  14. King Crimson, Red, Red, Island, 1974
  15. U.K., In the Dead of Night, U.K., Polydor, 1978
  16. David Bowie, Heroes, Heroes, RCA Victor, 1977
  17. King Crimson, Fallen Angel, Red, Island, 1974
  18. King Crimson, One More Red Nightmare, Red, Island, 1974
  19. King Crimson, Starless, Red, Island, 1974
  20. King Crimson, Thela Hun Ginjeet, Discipline, E.G., 1981
  21. King Crimson, Elephant Talk, Discipline, E.G., 1981
  22. King Crimson, The Sheltering Sky, Discipline, E.G., 1981
  23. King Crimson, Neal and Jack and Me, Beat, E.G., 1982
  24. King Crimson, Indiscipline, Discipline, E.G., 1981
  25. King Crimson, Easy Money, Larks' Tongue In Aspic, Island, 1973
  26. King Crimson, Walking On Air, THRAK, Virgin, 1995
  27. King Crimson, Sailor's Tale (Live at the Orpheum 2014), Live at the Orpheum, Discipline Mobile Global, 2015
  28. King Crimson, Starless (Edit) Live, Heroes (Live in Europe 2016) EP, Discipline Mobile Global, 2017
  29. Linear Downfall, Spaceface, Stardeath and White Dwarfs And New Fumes With The Flaming Lips, Moonchild, Playing Hide And Seek With The Ghosts Of Dawn, Lovely Sorts of Death, 2012
  30. Mars Volta, Frances the Mute, Frances The Mute, Gold Standard Laboratories, 2005
  31. Primus, John the Fisherman, Fizzle Fry, Caroline, 1990
  32. Phish, Dave's Energy Guide (Live), Colorado '88 (Live), Jemp, 2006
  33. Isis, Ghost Key, Wavering Radiant, Ipecac Recordings, 2009
  34. Nirvana, Scentless Apprentice, In Utero, DCG, 1993
  35. King Crimson, Frame By Frame, Discipline, E.G., 1981
  36. Gang of Four, Anthrax, Entertainment!, EMI, 1979
  37. Selena Gomez, Ring, Rare, Interscope, 2020
  38. Jennifer Hudson, And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, Dream Girls: Music from the Motion Picture, Music World Entertainment/Columbia, 2006
  39. Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Mudhoney, Dallas, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, HighTone, 1989
  40. Circle Jerks, Wonderful, Wonderful, Combat, 1985
  41. Zander Schloss, Salsa Y Ketchup, Straigh to Hell, Off the Track, 1987
  42. Cher, Believe, Believe, Warner Bros., 1998