Today we gather in the Court of the Crimson King to witness the birth of experimental/progressive rock! The year is 1969, the Beatles were giving their last public performance, Jim Morrison was a wanted man in Florida for indecent exposure, John Lennon and Yoko Ono wouldn’t get out of bed for some reason, and also the birth of progressive rock as we know it was born!
October 10th, 1969 King Crimson release their tour de force ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’ and fused rock with elements of jazz, classical and symphonic music. This album contains one of King Crimsons most notable songs: 21st Century Schizoid man, which is also todays track!
This song references the Vietnam war, and is for the most part disconnected phrases with the common theme being the last line: 21st century schizoid man. Before premiering the song live in 1969, Robert Fripp announced that the song is dedicated to politician Spiro Agnew, the first Greek American to serve as Vice President.
Personally, I didn’t find King Crimson until maybe December of 2019… I’m embarrassed to admit! I just happened to stumble upon one of the the strangest, and at times most upsetting looking album at the record store one day and brought it home… the sound lit up my home and I’ve been hooked ever since! Hopefully you enjoy todays vinyl cut as much as I do!