January 14, 2012

Gong - looking just a touch ragged around the edges.

Gong, as history has it, was an offshoot of the experimental/psych/free-form powerhouse Soft Machine.

The eccentric co-founder of Soft Machine, Daevid Allen abruptly broke ranks sometime in 1967 and relocated to France where he began to craft a wildly experimental unit he aptly named Gong.

Gong was (and still is for the most part) one of those missing links when it comes to talking about the Progressive Rock/Free-form Movement that sprang up in the late 60's through mid-1970's.

Because the band were so eccentric and so blatantly anti-commercial, it immediately appealed to Richard Branson at Virgin Records and they were promptly signed and enjoyed a successful run and creating a far reaching fan base all over the world.

In the early 1970's they did a series of sessions for the BBC and tonight it's Oily Way, recorded in 1974, I believe for the John Peel Program.

A little something in the abstract to kick off your weekend.

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