A loveable old wheelchair-bound Stalinist...
February 2, 2008 10:47 AM Subscribe
posted by sleepy pete (15 comments total)
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dead. In fact, he recently released a new album
Robert Wyatt was a part of the psych/prog combo The Soft Machine
in the late 60s. In 1973 he fell out of a window at a party and broke his spine, leaving him in a wheel chair.
Wyatt's music can be jazzy, avant garde, and psychedelic, as well as combinations of beautiful, ethereal, political, and depressing, usually all at once (his first solo album after the accident was titled Rock Bottom
, a play on his condition and mental state with cover art depicting divers and liner notes saying, "songs and drones by Robert Wyatt").
Here's Wyatt doing Elvis Costello's "Shipbuilding
" and a YT version of one of my favorites "Heaps of Sheep
" from the Eno collaboration Shleep
(Wyatt provided percussion and backing vocals on Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
Here's some more Robert Wyatt youtube
stuff. Here's a discography
up to 2002 that includes his Soft Machine and Matching Mole material and here's another
that includes albums released after 2002 (in case you wanted to know).
By the way, the post title was taken from this comment
. When I first thought about this post months ago, it was about the only time Wyatt had been mentioned on MeFi, so I thought (and still think) it was fitting.