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France (1967 – present)

Gong are a band formed by Australian musician Daevid Allen. Their music has also been described as . The various incarnations of Gong, its spin-offs and related bands are collectively dubbed the “Gong Global Family”.

They were formed in 1967, after Allen - then a member of Soft Machine - was denied entry to the United Kingdom due to a visa complication. Allen remained in France where he and a London-born Sorbonne professor, Gilli Smyth, established the first incarnation of Gong. This band fragmented during the 1968 student revolution, with Allen and Smyth forced to flee France for Deià in Majorca.

They found a saxophonist, Didier Malherbe living in a cave in Deià, before film director Jerome La Perrousaz invited the band back to France to record the soundtracks to his movies. They were subsequently approached by the newly formed independent label BYG and signed up for two albums (Magick Brother/Mystic Sister, Camembert Electrique and Allen’s solo album Bananamoon.

Gong played at the first Glastonbury Festival and were subsequently one of the first acts to sign to Virgin Records, getting first pick of the studio-time ahead of Mike Oldfield. By 1971, a regular line-up had established itself, and Gong released their Camembert Electrique album. The UK release, put out by Virgin Records subsidiary Caroline Records in 1974, was priced at 49p (i.e. the price of a typical single rather than an album), ensuring that sufficient numbers were sold for the album to chart (had it not been barred from the charts for being so cheap).

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  • Maglor_T

    "I can only hope that during this journey, I have somehow contributed to the happiness in the lives of a few other fellow humans." You definitely have.

    14 Feb 1:03pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    :'(

    13 Feb 8:02pm Reply
  • futurolvidado

    Sad news..

    10 Feb 11:57pm Reply
  • gabi326jjk

    It may be the end of Allen as we know him, but with everything he started, with everyone he influenced, and everything he stood for, it is only the beginning! Allen was a force of positive change for us humans, and through each of us who knew of him, shall spring the positiveness of his influence, and the positiveness of what influenced him! He did his part in the turning of the wheel, and it'll stay with everything forever.! Keep Allen in mind for the rest of your life and do good by it, that shall be my gift to him, and his gift to us!

    10 Feb 8:39pm Reply
  • EmaThrasher

    tragic news, indeed

    6 Feb 11:52pm Reply
  • JaredMackie

    Sad to hear the news about Daevid, but remember you can kill his body but you can't kill him.

    6 Feb 4:37pm Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    wacky

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • perezhivem

    стихосложение канешн на уровне.

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    IAO ZA-I ZA-O MA-I MA-O TA-I TA-O NOW

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    << The way back to the roots...

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Mówi do mnie Gnom przez radio, które je mam w głowie, że przylecą do mnie krasnoludki w latającym imbryku i ftedy bedzie RAJ!

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Angel's Egg is the correct tag for Angel's Egg, people.

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • pachxz

    tripping

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • EmperorLuddite

    Need to see them live again. anywhere in the UK.

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    кстати, всегда интересовало какие именно магические дисциплины преподавал впоследствии Дэвид аллен :)

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    просто охуенно, кто не слушал их трилогию о радиогноме, тот считай вообще в прог не может

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • JosueAndre

    fico viajando nesse som, tão bom.. :)

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Gaffes

    They remind me the Traffic, especially the way to get into jazz and then improvise.

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
  • mahlila

    Psicodalia

    25 Jan 2014 Reply
  • harvey1963july3

    MUSHROOM CITY?

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
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