Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)

I've been having a little King Crimson revival this week. The 80s incarnation of the band (Fripp, Belew, Levin, Bruford) is probably my favorite, if only because that was my initial entry into their catalog. I've been listening a lot to a live album called Absent Lovers which was recorded in Montreal at the end of their 1984 tour.

Originally recorded in 1973, this particular performance of Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (from the Larks' Tongues in Aspic album) showcases their chops and power. The word devastating comes to mind. Precision. Deadly accuracy. It's like the Death Star of songs, capable of destroying entire planets (if someone were to use that power for evil). I dunno, it's just so very good.

King Crimson - Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)


You're so bad for me

New Art for the People is kind of a twisted love song. It's one of those abusive, drug-addled relationships and they can't stay away from each other. It starts with him singing to her about "the cum in your hair, the cocaine on your teeth." She sings about how it frightens her when he gets all shouty, but then it just makes her love him more. My favorite line is when she sings, "You sound middle class, but I'll let it pass, I don't understand you at all." I just love the way her voice trails off as she says "I'll let it pass," it's almost like she's fed up but forgiving at the same time.

Towards the end of the song, they get famous; they sing about being on TV and on the cover of NME and their celebrity is the only thing that is really keeping them together ("It's so sad that you're so sad and you're so bad for me"), but hey, that's rock n' roll.

You can check this out on The Indelicates' first album, and my favorite of theirs, American Demo. You can also listen to more Indelicates music here.

The Indelicates - New Art for the People


Dream of the Broken Hearted

Songs for surviving Valentine's Day. Press play.

Click on for the tracklist.