Centipede was an English avant-garde jazz big-band led by pianist Keith Tippett for the 1971 RCA/Neon double-album Septober Energy, comprised of a title-sake improvisation split across four sides. It was produced by Robert Fripp shortly after Tippet’s involvement with the 1970 King Crimson albums In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard. The 50+ ensemble featured […]

McDonald and Giles

McDonald and Giles were an English symphonic-rock duo that released a self-titled album on Island in January 1971. The duo consisted of multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and drummer–percussionist Michael Giles, who commenced the project fresh off their one-album stint in King Crimson. Giles had earlier played with Crimson-mastermind Robert Fripp and younger brother Peter Giles in […]

Giles Giles and Fripp

Giles Giles and Fripp were an English chamber-pop/psych combo from Bournemouth, Dorset, that issued the album The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp on Deram in 1968. The band consisted of guitarist Robert Fripp, woodwindist Ian McDonald, and a rhythm section comprised of Peter Giles (bass) and his older brother Michael Giles (drums). They […]


Foreigner were an English-American melodic-rock band formed in New York by ex-Spooky Tooth guitarist Mick Jones and former Black Sheep vocalist Lou Gramm. The band released six albums on Atlantic between 1977 and 1987, scoring stateside with the radio evergreens “Feels Like the First Time,” “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” “Urgent,” “I Want to Know What […]

King Crimson

King Crimson are an English rock band, active at multiple intervals since 1969. The original lineup of guitarist Robert Fripp, bassist–singer Greg Lake, reedist–keyboardist Ian McDonald, and drummer Michael Giles made one album, In the Court of the Crimson King, the catalyst for symphonic-rock. When Lake departed for Emerson Lake & Palmer and McDonald and […]