June 30, 2021 Playlist

"The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other" by Van der Graaf Generator (1970)
Van der Graaf Generator "The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other"  1970 (UK)
Van der Graaf Generator, a lesser-known British prog-rock band that has existed off and on since the late sixties, was planning to do a tour in 2020 and should be hitting the road later this year. This week's CAOTW was their first proper album, released more than 50 years ago. Following a debut album (The Aerosol Grey Machine 1969) which was really a solo project by the group's singer/songwriter Peter Hammill, the band's line-up solidified around Hammill, Hugh Banton (keyboards), Guy Evans (drums), David Jaxon (horns) and Nic Potter (bass). Although Hammill occasionally played guitar, their usual lack of that instrument was a distinctive ingredient in their sound (like the Canterbury band Egg only with horns). After their next album, the bassist left and then their music was arranged for the unusual combo of just keyboards, drums, horns and voice. The group broke up in 1971 (but not really; they still played with Hammill on his solo albums), but then regrouped in 1975 for a few more records before falling silent through the 80's and 90's. The classic quartet reformed again in the early 2000's, and have sporadically continued as a trio of Hammill-Banton-Evans after Jaxon left about a decade ago. Their most recent album came out in 2016, and happily I wouldn't be surprised if they still have one more in them.
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request

Artist Song Album Year Country
The Blues MagoosSometimes I Think About (R)Psychedelic Lollipop1966USA
WandGrave Robber1000 Days2015USA
Grave Flowers Bongo Band Sleepy Eyes
   / Tomorrow
Strength Of Spring (N)2021 (Castle Face)USA
Teenage FanclubStar SignBandwagonesque1991UK (Scotland)
Teenage Fanclub HomeEndless Arcade (N)2021 (Merge)UK (Scotland)
Billy F. Gibbons More-More-MoreHardware (N)2021 (Concord)USA
ZZ TopMaster Of SparksTres Hombres1973USA
Black Keys Crawling Kingsnake (John Lee Hooker) Delta Kream (N)2021 (Easy Eye / Nonesuch)USA
Tom Jones Talking Reality Television Blues (Todd Snider)Surrounded By Time (N)2021 (S Curve / EMI)UK (Wales)
Guided By Voices Ant RepellantEarth Man Blues (N)2021 (GBV Inc.)USA
black midi DethronedCavalcade (N)2021 (Rough Trade)UK
Van der Graaf GeneratorWhite HammerThe Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
Van der Graaf GeneratorWhatever Would Robert Have Said?The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
Van der Graaf GeneratorAfter The FloodThe Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
Van der Graaf GeneratorForever FallingDo Not Disturb2016UK
Thurston Moore SirenBy The Fire (N)2020 (Daydream Library Series)USA
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Danger Bird (live)Way Down In The Rust Bucket (N)rec. 1990 (2021 Reprise)Canada/USA
Elf (Ronnie James Dio vocals)Ain't It All Amusing (R)Carolina County Ball1974USA
Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree Names Of North End WomenNames Of North End Women (N)2020 (Mute)USA/Spain
Sons Of Kemet Envision Yourself LevitatingBlack To The Future (N)2021 (Impulse!)UK
Taras Bulba The Big DuvallSometimes The Night (N)2021 (Riot Season)UK
St. Vincent The Melting Of The SunDaddy's Home (N)2021 (Loma Vista)USA
Joe McPheeNation TimeNation Time1970USA

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