All this talk about Reznor and Adrian Belew got me hankering for some Adrian Belew. Well, I don’t have any Belew on vinyl, but I do have King Crimson. Discipline it is.
The three mid-eighties King Crimson albums Discipline, Beat, and Three of a Perfect Pair were masterpieces of the technical and emotional. A blend of Belew’s earthbound vocals and Fripp’s technical prowess(not that Belew was a slouch…listen to his ‘elephant talk’ on “Elephant Talk”). Tony Levin on bass and Bill Bruford on drums pretty much made this incarnation of the band unstoppable. But what made these albums so special to my ears was Adrian Belew adding a heart to this utilitarian machine. He went on to make four albums that would change my thinking and push me to want to be a songwriter. But until then, he got really weird and out there with King Crimson. It all started right here, on 1981s Discipline.