Friday, May 05, 2006

From The Planet Gong

Daevid "Alien" Allen (a.k.a. Dingo Virgin) left Soft Machine in '67 when the British police didn't allow this weird-looking Australian guy to renew his residence permit in the U.K. The band were coming back from France, so he had to remain in Paris, in time to cath the "winds of change" of May '68. In this stimulating climate (power to the imagination!) he created his new anarchical and mystical music creature: Gong. He gave voice to his visions telling the mythology of the planet Gong, and the musical language was an unique blend of space-acid rock, jazz and a tasty sarcastic/surrealistic attitude.
This video is ripped from a DVD documenting a 1990 reunion concert in Notthingham. The song was originally a portion of the track You Never Blow Your Trip Forever, included on the 1974 album You, the last album from Allen with the first Gong incarnation. The line "You Are I And I Am You" is repeated for about eight minutes as a mantra, the concert becomes a sort of ceremony on which a perfect communion between the band and the audience is created. Beautiful!
Other original members included in this line up are Gilli Smyth (a.k.a. Shakti Yoni), Didier Malherbe (a.k.a. Bloomdido Bad De Grass) and Pip Pyle.

Gong - I Am You (1990)





Anonymous grapho said...

Bravo & MERCI :•D

5/09/2006 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strong and streamin' mate!

5/11/2006 3:39 AM  
Anonymous michael said...

This is a really great video!

5/11/2006 4:30 AM  

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