Wednesday, October 12, 2016

40 Year Itch : Pirouetting Smile

Van Der Graaf Generator : Masks

In October of 1976 Van Der Graaf Generator released World Record. Some critics thought this difficult prog rock band was selling out. This just in : any band that has Peter Hamill screeching and wailing about masks like some Andrew Lloyd Webber character can't possibly sell out. What pop fan, outside Italy, would ever buy something like this? Sadly, this is the last Van Der Graaf Generator album I will have to force myself to listen to. That's because after three albums in 12 months, and months of touring, the band split apart with the remaining members shortening their name to Van Der Graaf. Maybe the way Wire briefly referred to themselves as Wir.

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