Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
25 Oct 1990
Running length
7 tracks
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1 Elephant Talk 4:43 58,089
2 Frame by Frame 5:10 52,892
3 Matte Kudasai 3:47 49,924
4 Indiscipline 4:34 45,977
5 Thela Hun Ginjeet 7:08 45,718
6 The Sheltering Sky 8:23 37,416
7 Discipline 5:13 43,982

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Following a seven-year hiatus, King Crimson founder Robert Fripp and later addition Bill Bruford regrouped in 1981 with the rest of the band Adrian Belew (guitar, lead vocals) and Tony Levin (bass guitar, Chapman Stick, backing vocals). Discipline resulted in the successful combinations of progressive rock and new wave.

“Matte Kudasai” literally means “please wait (for me)”. “Indiscipline” was based on a letter written to Adrian Belew by his then-wife Margaret, concerning a sculpture she had made. “Thela Hun Ginjeet” is an anagram of “heat in the jungle” and features a recording of Belew’s account to his bandmates of being harassed by a gang while walking around Notting Hill Gate in London. “The Sheltering Sky” is named after the 1949 novel of the same name by Paul Bowles.

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  • MisterJunior

    God... "Talking Heads did it better." Listen to the playing on this album versus the playing on any Talking Heads record you want to name. There's simply no comparison in terms of musicianship; Crimson slaughters the Heads, and this is coming from somebody who likes Talking Heads quite a bit. Then again, musically speaking there isn't really a lot of common ground between the two groups to begin with.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Bequeathed

    holy fuck Bruford's drum on this record

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • sco703

    What a fantastic album. Definitely one of my all-time favorites.

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Edengeist

    You can't compare this to Talking Heads, as it's a completely different beast despite the obvious common new wave influences. I personally prefer this vastly to anything Talking Heads have done, as it's more of my taste. Not as funky, and way proggier.

    19 May 2014 Reply
  • CoryellsGhost

    "It's heavier than a bunch of those so-called metalfags." all that blithering know-nothingness. Album's baller as hell though.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • LastOneStand

    How the heck can someone play this? just amazing

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Doppz

    great album. King Crimson was one of the few classic prog bands that transitioned well into the new wave sound.

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Newt_Valarcci

    Man this is really growing on me, I didn't like it at first, now I'm tempted to say that it's my second favorite Crimson album, just behind Larks Tongues in Aspic (because let's face it, Larks' Tongues is a 10 through and through)

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Marsbergen

    Yeah, no. It's heavy, but not metal-heavy. Go listen to some Black Sabbath.

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • filas312

    Holy fucking shit. Grows and grows with time. It's like in Indiscipline. "I carried it around with me for days and days, Playing little games, Like not looking at it for a whole day, And then looking at it, To see if I still liked it. I did!" Tell me, how the fuck did they do it. It's heavier than a bunch of those so-called metalfags.

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • SouthOfHeaven97

    best kc

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • kitkat129

    I think it's better than any Talking Heads album, absolutely brilliant.

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • fabduchi

    por que no se ven las tapas?

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
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  • brunOz_mendes

    It's intriguing to see how many distinct directions King Crimson took on their way and how most of them sounds good. Amazing album!

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Tarkus10

    Progressive Rock version of Talking heads. [2]

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • nospr

    Progressive Rock version of Talking heads. Amazing

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • CommanderTahu

    One of the best prog-rock albums of all time. I rate this album with ones like Tarkus and Fragile.

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • kismetcow

    Thirty years later and this whole record really stands up. Talking Heads didn't "do" this, exactly, but they did also make excellent use of Adrian Belew.

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
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