Yesterday, happy birthday to impresario Jonathan King (1944). Today happy birthday to Tom Waits (1949).
I read last week that Wayne Bickerton died. Of Little meaning to most people, but as I was a King Crimson fan, it matters to me. For Mr. Bickerton produced the debut album by Giles, Giles & Fripp!
“The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp” came out on Deram Records in 1968 to little applause. When I first tried to find a copy (about 1971 or so), it was difficult, but I somehow managed to pull it off. It was inexpensive, as GG & F were not yet famous.
There is some decent music on that LP! What I got was a sealed copy of the U.S. version of “The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp”; $3.95 from a beloved record store that no longer exists (Ray Avery’s Rare Records, Glendale, CA).
It was not all that difficult to reconcile the GG&F LP to King Crimson. The sound is not all that dissimilar. It is easy to hear Mr. Fripp’s guitar work! Thankfully, King Crimson did not choose to use spoken word as intro / outro pieces.
I saw Mr. Bickerton’s name on a few other records I own – The World of Oz, for instance (Deram Records). And, of course, he was the same guy who bolstered The Rubettes, a wonderful UK 70’s glam rock band.
Mr. Bickerton also worked for a U.K. performing rights association, apparently. Anyway, he croaked.
So, if you’ve got anything with him as the producer, it’s likely fairly UK style cheese, waiting to happen on your turntable. It’s not all bad stuff, but…it is cheese.