Song of the Day #4,914: ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ – King Crimson

The third most deserving act not currently in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is King Crimson.

This is another band that has never been featured on the blog. I’ve mentioned them exactly once, in a post about ‘Heat of the Moment’ by Asia, a band made up of former members of other prog rock groups (bassist/vocalist John Wetton made the jump from King Crimson to Asia).

King Crimson formed in London in the late 60s and released their last album in 2003, though they have reformed in various incarnations since. They are considered one of the most influential progressive rock bands. The band has featured a rotating lineup of members, some of which went on to more success with other groups (including Foreigner, Bad Company, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and the aforementioned Asia).

I skimmed a few of King Crimson’s best-known tracks and didn’t hear anything I recognized or liked. But their influence, and the fact that their DNA spread through so many bands in the 70s and 80s, suggests they do belong in the Hall.

[Verse 1]
Cat’s foot, iron claw
Neuro-surgeons scream for more
At paranoia’s poison door
Twenty-first century schizoid man

[Verse 2]
Blood rack, barbed wire
Politicians’ funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty-first century schizoid man

[Verse 3]
Death seed, blind man’s greed
Poets’ starving, children bleed
Nothing he’s got he really needs
Twenty-first century schizoid man

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,914: ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ – King Crimson

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve heard the name King Crimson for years, but doubt I know a single song from them. I suppose they deserve to be inducted as early influencers though.

  2. Peg says:

    If their music is anything like that cover count me out!

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