Sunday, very cold and snow falling, a time of fairytale and fireplace.
No better time of year to watch a band of Gnomes with pointed hats and woolen sweaters, playing a strange, jazzy, acid induced, rock music with a cartoonish vocal arrangement. Sounds like pure madness ?, well it is, sweet madness at its best.
GONG is a progressive rock, so called Canterbury scene, group formed in Paris 1968. Between 1973 and 1974, Gong released their “Radio Gnome Trilogy”, three records that would be their most famous, and create the Gong (Gnome) mythology, Flying Teapot, Angel’s Egg, and You.
After the triology Daevid Allen, Gong’s founder, left the band. Gong did another album without him, “Shamal” (1976), after that also guitarist “Steve Hillage” left, and the remaining Gong, became a Jazz/Fusion group as Pierre Moerlen’s Gong. Gong have later been reunited and reinvented in various forms.