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Beautiful As The Moon: Terrible As An Army With Banners
by Henry Cow

We have lyrics for these tracks by Henry Cow:

Bad Alchemy I dream Hermaphrodite and I sit up all night Our eyes…
Deluge Don't disturb me while I'm dreaming Walk softly on my peace…
Gloria Gloom Like so many of you I've got my doubts about how…
Living in the Heart of the Beast Situation that rules your world (despite all you've said) I…
Lovers of Gold Lovers of Gold Give All you own To bats and spiders and t…
Nine Funerals of the Citizen King Down beneath the spectacle of free No one ever let you…
Nirvana for Mice Sweet mystery of life I will remember Sweet mystery of life…
Ottawa Song You and I could sail away to distant lands. In a…
Teenbeat Reprise Instrumental…
Viva Pa Ubu Here is a song for all you Ubists Fat & loathsome, Rich…
War Tell of the birth Tell how war appeared on earth Thunder an…

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Vincent de Tourdonnet

This remains one of the most unique and powerful songs I've ever heard in my life. It still mystifies me, although now I recognize how much of its originality lies in Chris Cutler's madly inventive, precise drumming. Kind of falls apart into improv chaos part way though. That was a prog-rock thing. But when the main theme comes back near the end: "ROSE DAWN/DAEMON" it's worth the wait, the tense counterpoint, the climax. Henry Cow were prog, I guess, but they were not pompous. 40 years later, I've personally never heard rock totally re-invented this much. Except maybe by some surreal hip-hip. But how many bands totally re-invent music, really? How often does something this unique get created?

John Sluggett

Sorry, ShanghaiRooster. I should have been addressing Vincent regarding his "improv/chaos," "prog rock" comments.


@John Sluggett John I don't disagree with you at all. Was merely a hypothesis.

John Sluggett

ShanghaiRooster It is folly to argue things we don't really know. The musical effect of the piano(s) is chaotic for sure, (they do multiple pianos; listen to the 2 or 3 piano outro on Half Asleep/Half Awake) but don't rule out that it is "composed," or a mix of a prescribed tone row set to improvised rhythm. 12 tone type music is usually often jarring and random sounding. Then add some rhythmic disjunct for more jarring effect. I wouldn't say this section is particularly representative of "prog-rock." It IS very Henry Cow.


@John Sluggett I'd guess he means somewhere after the five minute mark, where the rest of the band fades out leaving just Tim for a bit. Then Fred enters, and the full band follows.

John Sluggett

Where is the "improv chaos?"  This piece sounds pretty composed to me.

Bernabé García Sánchez

Sort of Messiaen/Ligeti meets rock. A lot of chromaticism in the melody (for instance, the first melody E-Eb-D-C#), major chords (E, F#, A), 7th chords(C#m7, BMaj7), and also changing time signatures, and adding/substracting beat (14/8 -13/8 riff)


music to make cats sleep with one eye open


This song came out in 1975

John Appleseed

First time hearing, being a fan of prog and avant garde, I like what I hear :)

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