Thursday, 8 September 2011

Get It On

Gong manifested itself in many forms over the decades: Planet Gong, Mother Gong, Here & Now Gong, New York Gong, Hillage's Gong (without Allen), Pierre Moerlen's Gong (without Allen or Hillage), in fact maybe it's easier to look at their history in diagrammatic form:

Gong Maison, as the diagram informs us, brought previous Gong inhabitants back together, including the original captain, Allen, and his bizarre first officer Didier Malherbe.
With those two at the helm the listener is reminded of the foundations of sound created by the original Gong; and it's the earlier material that makes up the majority of this tasty set.

Allen goes right back to his anarchic roots in a masterful performance of the Situationist inspired 'Dynamite'.
It sounds so punk, vital, dead real.
Amazing how Allen changed his persona so readily: one minute he was the bonkers king of Banana Land or Lord of the Pot Head Pixies, the next he's spitting vitriol, threatening to tear down the state.

The playing during this recording is very hot; Allen especially - who seems to have a really good time, totally wigging out - is exceptional, but he's well backed up by Keith the Bass, Graham Clark (fiddle), Shyamal Maitra (drums) and of course Didier (various wind & keys).
And despite this stripped down version of the Gong Band this is classic stuff.
This will definitely have you dancing with the pixies.

So, warm the pot.
Assume the position, and spend the next hour and ten minutes drifting away to Planet Gong.

Gong Maison - Live, Fridge, Brixton, London (5/5/91)

Pretty Miss Titty
Om Riff
Esque Je Suis
Radio Gnome
Oh Mother

Excellent rip from VHS @320kbs
Bang a gong here


Anonymous said...

excellent post roy... been wanting to hear this for ages, the lp released on demi monde is one of my all time favs!!! cheers for sharing! :))) xx

roy rocket said...

Glad to please.
Yes, damn fine this. Allen at his near best!
Regards, roy