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#1 Bigbobby10

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 12:58 AM

Where to start with this band, they seemed to come out of nowhere and now I can say are on my top 10 favorite bands.

Lets start with Peter Hammill (my profile picture also). What a vocal range he has, the energy he puts into singing just makes the band 100x better. I can also say he is one of the best writers ever, up there with Bob Dylan.

Hammill's lyrics are much darker and twisted than most other lyricists, but still impact full and with the music can hit you hard.

Next part, the band has no electric guitarist, and many times the songs have no guitar in them also. Weird twist to a band.


I can go on for a while about why I love them, but I will just post some songs that show this.

I know Digital Dad is a fan of them, anyone else?









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Posted 29 December 2017 - 01:00 AM

This can also include Peter Hammill's solo work, since many of the members from VDGG have played with him in his solo albums

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 12:58 AM

some more





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Posted 30 December 2017 - 01:01 AM

House With No Door.

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 01:02 AM

View PostReRushed, on 30 December 2017 - 01:01 AM, said:

House With No Door.

Now that wouldn't be much fun on Halloween

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 01:08 AM

Thanks for posting this BB10

Van Der Graff Generator is a group that, for whatever reason, I have not dedicated enough time to .. I'm listening now and liking it

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 12:17 PM

View PostLucas, on 30 December 2017 - 01:08 AM, said:

Thanks for posting this BB10

Van Der Graff Generator is a group that, for whatever reason, I have not dedicated enough time to .. I'm listening now and liking it


Awesome! let me know what you think,

A good starting point would be their second album "The Least we can do is Wave to Each Other", but most of their albums are really good.

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 12:19 PM

View PostReRushed, on 30 December 2017 - 01:01 AM, said:

House With No Door.

Great song, I actually just bought H to He, Who am the Only One.

A lot of his lyrics I noticed are about isolation and the sanity of a person

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 12:26 PM

The passion has when singing is just amazing, this is his solo work and one of the very few live performances you see of him when he was young




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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:05 PM

Pawn Hearts is my fave, followed closely by Godbluff.

Good stuff.

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 04:14 PM

View PostChronos, on 30 December 2017 - 02:05 PM, said:

Pawn Hearts is my fave, followed closely by Godbluff.

Good stuff.

Yea it is a tough one, lets me try to rank

(5 star)

1. Godbluff
2. The Least we can do is Wave to Each Other
3. Pawn Hearts
4. H to He, Who am the Only One

(3-4 stars)

5. Still Life
6. The Aeresol Grey Machine
7. New World Record

(2 stars)
8. The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome

(Mostly because none of the original members are here except for Peter Hammill, none of the songs pop out like their other albums, the only song I love on this album is The Cats Eye/ The Yellow River)

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 08:20 AM

My favorite of all his (VDGG/Solo) is Godbluff. Im a huge fan of his music and he's right up there with Zappa as my favorite musicians of all time, though to really call him a musician is stretching the definition.

Dont sleep on the reformed VDG stuff, the most recent album Do Not Diaturb is a classic and a few of the orhers are up there as well. They are different from the earlier stuff, way more accessible, not as harrowing and as he calls it more serious fun. I do recommend the mid 70’s tryptich of Godbluff/ Still Life/World Record.

For his solo stuff It can be more hit and miss and I would put it from 73-82 (Silent Corner thru to Enter K) as being pretty excellent and consistent. The Margin is the live album from ‘84 and it groups together his solo band work with a crack ensemble.

Oh and don’t forget drummer Guy Evans. Anything he plays on is worth hearing. One of the greats and hes still playing brilliantly.

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 01:59 PM

wish they'd come to atlanta

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 08:10 PM

The only one of the post seventies batch of VDGG albums I have heard(and own)is Trisector. I like it but it didn't blow me away. Still, I figure I should get the others since I'm definitely a fan. I need to hear more PH solo as well. There's just something special about his music that I can't put my finger on. I think the willingness to stretch out lyrically and to go way beyond standard love songs is something that I really have respect for and it's obviously something he has in common with Neil's lyrics(not the least of which is a big reason I like Rush as well).

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 11:03 PM

View PostNew_World_Man, on 21 July 2018 - 08:10 PM, said:

The only one of the post seventies batch of VDGG albums I have heard(and own)is Trisector. I like it but it didn't blow me away. Still, I figure I should get the others since I'm definitely a fan. I need to hear more PH solo as well. There's just something special about his music that I can't put my finger on. I think the willingness to stretch out lyrically and to go way beyond standard love songs is something that I really have respect for and it's obviously something he has in common with Neil's lyrics(not the least of which is a big reason I like Rush as well).

His solo stuff is great, most of the original members are on his albums (at least most of the early ones)

For some recommendations start with:

The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage, sounds most similar to VDGG, and I think one of the songs was suppose to be a VDGG song

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 11:05 PM

View Postbathory, on 21 July 2018 - 01:59 PM, said:

wish they'd come to atlanta

I know the band doesnt tour much anymore, but Peter Hammill is keeping himself busy touring, awesome watching his videos live




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