Tag Archives: Gong

1981 – Kilimanjaro – The Teardrop Explodes

The Teardrop Explodes managed effortlessly to combine every style of music I’d ever liked. I’d been blown away by the “Reward” single in January and went, as soon as my student grant would allow, to buy the album. On it … Continue reading

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1978 – Kaya – Bob Marley and The Wailers

My first year at college was drawing to a close. Others had exams to revise for but my second semester courses were all continuous assessment so I just worked hard during the day time and went out every night. I … Continue reading

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1976 – Gong

School lunch times were interesting affairs. I was in the Lower Sixth Form at High Storrs School and we were slowly getting to know the kids that had joined us from Silverdale School up the road. They didn’t have their … Continue reading

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1976 – Good Morning – Daevid Allen & Euterpe

I’d obviously heard one on “Maggie May” and on my brother’s copy of “Dingley Dell” by Lindisfarne which I played fairly regularly, but this was the first time I’d heard a mandolin being used in music that wasn’t basically diddly-diddly-folky … Continue reading

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1974 -You – Gong

I was getting really dissatisfied with trying to play everything myself when I was recording and decided to get a few others involved. David and I now spent all our time together at school so he was the first to … Continue reading

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1974 – Camembert Electrique – Gong

Phil got an Afghan coat from Pippy’s, I bought an Alchemists Almanac (Handbook of Herbal Highs) and David tried smoking banana skins that he’d dried in the airing cupboard. He assured us that afterwards, you “felt a bit funny” when … Continue reading

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