VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR : LEMMINGS, THEME ONE

O Peter Hammill είναι ο συνθέτης αυτού του μήνα. Θα ακούσουμε μουσική από την προσωπική του δισκογραφία και, κυρίως, από εκείνην των Van Der Graaf Generator, των οποίων υπήρξε η κινητήρια δύναμη. Η μουσική αυτού του ανθρώπου υπήρξε για μένα [και για άλλους] ο ορισμός της life changing experience – απ’ τη στιγμή που ήρθα ως έφηβος σε επαφή μ’ αυτήν.
Ελπίζω, Θεού θέλοντος, να καταφέρουμε να ολοκληρώσουμε το αφιέρωμα, χωρίς περαιτέρω έκτακτα [και εφιαλτικά] επικαιρικά φαινόμενα.
Ξεκινάω με το πρώτο κομμάτι των VDGG που άκουσα ποτέ, από το classic των classic που κυκλοφόρησαν το 1971.
‘Lemmings’, από το Pawn Hearts – ο PH είναι εδώ 23 χρόνων.
Μαζί η εκδοχή του γκρουπ για το
‘Theme One’ του George Martin, από το ίδιο άλμπουμ.

Peter Hammill is the composer of this month. We ‘ll hear music from his solo discography and, mainly, from that of Van Der Graaf Generator of whom he’s been the driving force. This man’s music was the definition of a life changing experience for me [and others] – from the minute I lent my ears on it as a teenager.
I hope, God willing, that we will be able to complete the tribute, without further extraordinary [and nightmarish] current events.
I start with the first track I ever heard from VDGG, from the classic they released in 1971.
‘Lemmings’, from Pawn Hearts – PH is here 23 years old.
Along with this, the band’s version of George Martin’s
‘Theme One’, from the same album.

00:00 Lemmings (Including Cog) 11:41 Theme One

I stood alone upon the highest cliff-top
Looked down, around, and all that I could see
Were those that I would dearly love to share with
Crashing on quite blindly to the sea…
I tried to ask what game this was
But knew I would not play it
The voice, as one, as no-one, came to me…
‘We have looked upon the heroes
And they are found wanting
We have looked hard across the land
But we can see no dawn
We have now dared to sear the sky
But we are still bleeding
We are drawing near to the cliffs
Now we can hear the call
The clouds are piled in mountain-shapes
There is no escape except to go forward
Don’t ask us for an answer now
It’s far too late to bow to that convention
What course is there left but to die?
We have looked upon the high Kings
Found them less than mortals
Their names are dust before the just
March of our young, new law
Minds stumbling strong, we hurtle on
Into the dark portal
No-one can halt our final vault
Into the unknown maw
And as the Elders beat their brows
They know that it is really far too late now to stop us
For if the sky is seeded death
What is the point in catching breath? Expel it!
What cause is there left but to die
In search of something we’re not quite sure of?’
What cause is there left but to die?
What cause is there left but to die?
What cause is there left but to die?
I really don’t know why…
I know our ends may be soon
But why do you make them sooner?
Time may finally prove
Only the living move her and
No life lies in the quicksand
Yes I know it’s
Out of control, out of control
Greasy machinery slides on the rails
Young minds and bodies on steel spokes impaled…
Cogs tearing bones, cogs tearing bones
Iron-throated monsters are forcing our screams
Mind and machinery box-press the dreams
But there still is time…
Cowards are they who run today
The fight is beginning…
No war with knives, fight with our lives
Lemmings can teach nothing
Death offers no hope, we must grope
For the unknown answer
Unite our blood, abate the flood
Avert the disaster…
There’s other ways than screaming in the mob
That makes us merely cogs of hatred
Look to the why and where we are
Look to yourselves and the stars and in the end
What choice is there left but to live
In the hope of saving
Our children’s children’s little ones?
What choice is there but to live?
What choice is there but to live?
What choice is there but to live?
To save the little ones?
What choice is there left but to try?

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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous November 3, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    Νοt exactly my cup of tea αλλα τρομερο οπως και να χει ! Αν μαλιστα σκεφτει κανεις το νεαρο της ηλικιας τους ακομα πιο εντυπωσιακο .. O George Μartin ειναι ο γνωστος των Beatles ? Αληθεια εκτος απ τον P.H απεκτησαν καποιοι απ τους υπολοιπους εκπληκτικους μουσικους του line up καποια φημη ?

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    1. Oannes November 3, 2023 at 7:32 pm

      Όχι δυστυχώς, εκτός από το συγκεκριμένο χώρο φυσικά, όπου θεωρούνται legendary. Κατ΄εμέ ο οργανίστας ειδικά, Hugh Banton, είναι το κάτι άλλο, από πολύ κοντά και ο ντράμερ Guy Evans. O Banton ασχολήθηκε επίσης με την κατασκευή [δικής του πατέντας] ηλεκτρονικών εκκλησιαστικών οργάνων – εδώ ο ίδιος ερμηνεύων Bach σε ένα από αυτά [από παλαιότερο post – αφιέρωμα στον Bach]
      https://oannes.gr/johann-sebastian-bach-b-day-tribute/

      Ναι, είναι ο παραγωγός των Beatles που ήταν φυσικά και συνθέτης. Εδώ η original version του κομματιού – σήματος του Radio One του BBC.
      Κατά την άποψή μου είναι ακόμα καλύτερη [πιο “ραφινάτη”] από εκείνη των VDGG.
      https://oannes.gr/george-martin-theme-one-beatles-to-bond-and-bach-1974/

      Thanks!

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      1. EMMANOUEL November 3, 2023 at 7:51 pm

        THANKS ! Κι εμενα οντως το κομματι του G.M. oταν το ακουσα μου εκανε καπως για σημα τηλεοπτικης εκπομπης η’ ταινιας η’ κατι σχετικο !
        Τωρα θα κανω ‘βουτια” στο post του Bach..

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  2. Resa November 7, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    Wow, that went by fast. Shades of Tull in there. Excellent, thank you!

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