Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Elephant Talk

One of the most electrifying TV performances ever recorded, this rendering of the jerky, rhythmic "Elephant Talk" by King Crimson is a masterful study in performance art. Led on by Adrian Belew's intense vocalisations and quirky axe-wielding pyrotechnics, and augmented by bassist Tony Levin's brilliant stick undertones, drummer Bill Bruford's intricate polyrhythms and the legendary Robert Fripp's trademark Frippertronics, "Elephant Talk" practically takes on a life of its own, and giving ample credence and viability to this 1980s incarnation of the brainiac prog-rock legends. Check it out here.