Friday, November 02, 2007

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by Charlie's Angels - they fight crime by stunning criminals with their good-looks guns. Similar to the way I stun my Yahoos with my loud voice (also called a "yell.")

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were created when Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (guitars, bass guitar, vocals) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion - not that simply irresistible Robert Palmer), whom all of which were currently in other bands, found that the three of them jammed together better and with more pizazz than the bands they were currently playing with. In the year 1970, the three of them said adios to their current bands and formed the cleverly named Emerson, Lake & Palmer. You'd think that with all that talent, they could come up with a better name.

Anyway, the English band Emerson, Lake & Palmer was categorized as Progressive Rock or Symphonic Rock. Their sound is random, with rampant jazzy tempos and smooth, poetic, classically inspired melodies. Piano and keyboards are always in the limelight and their creativity has no bounds.

In the early 70s, a fellow by the name of Jimi Hendrix (you've probably heard of him), had plans to join the trio and become yet another cleverly named band, Emerson, Lake, Palmer & Hendrix. But due to conflicting schedules and Hendrix's death (among the saddest days in rock history), it never happened.

Listen to/watch Still... You Turn Me On or my favorite Karn Evil 9: First Impression Part 2. Oh, and you've probably heard Lucky Man.

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