23 September 2010

King Crimson

King Crimson is a rock band founded in Dorset, England in 1969. The band has been labeled as a progressive rock group (prog-rock) but included influences and instrumentation from jazz, folk music, classical and experimental music, psychedelic rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, gamelan, and electronica.

The band has been influential on many contemporary musical artists and has a cult following despite the fact that they had little radio or music video airplay.

The band's lineup had always centered on guitarist Robert Fripp, but has changed over the years with 18 musicians and two lyricists.

Currently, the band is fronted by Adrian Belew.

The debut lineup of the band was influential (and well received by critics) but short-lived, lasting for just over one year.

Several sources (including the band website at http://www.elephant-talk.com) give the band's name origin as coming from the original lyricist Peter Sinfield.

Sinfield says, "The name King Crimson was mine. I wanted something like Led Zeppelin, something with a bit of power to it. Anything better than Giles, Giles, and Fripp. King Crimson had arrogance to it."

King Crimson can be considered a synonym for Beelzebub, the prince of demons, which is an anglicized form of the Arabic phrase B'il Sabab. Fripp has said that the Arabic means "the man with an aim" but it literally means "with a cause".

A more common etymology of "Beelzebub" is that it is Hebrew for "Lord of the Flies." In John Milton's Paradise Lost, Beelzebub was Satan's chief lieutenant among the fallen angels. He is often portrayed as a red (crimson) figure and is the King of the Underworld.



  1. On the other hand Michael Rex Giles had a lot to do with this first album. Rex latin for King... ;)

  2. Their music is demonic exactly like their name. On one of their concerts i saw on Utube there was on stage behind them big image of Satan - red with horns.I had several CD of them but since then i never wanted to hear anything of them again.To much for me.

  3. I've known about them for a long time, but never had taken the time to actually listen to them, I'm enjoying "in the court of the Crimson King", amazing how an over 50 year old record sounds better than most of today's music

  4. Anonymous5/05/2019

    King Crimthann "Niadhnair" (the Heroic) MacLugaidh was born about 75 BC at Tara Castle, Meath, Leinster, Ireland. He fell from his horse and died in 9 AD at the Fortress of Dunin, Crimthann, Bin Edar, Hill of Howth, Ireland. He married Nar-Tath-Chaoch of The Picts, born about 40 BC, in Scotland. They were parents of Fearadhach Finnfeachtnach MacCrimthann, “Fair Blessed” High King of Ireland, born 12 BC at Tara Castle, Ireland. He also married a Pict, Chabob Mar Fath born 8 BC, Meath, Leinster, Ireland.

  5. Weiner indeed! You're missing out on great timeless music!

  6. Just like porcupine tree or pink Floyd. Don't take the name too seriously


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