21st Century Schizoid Band

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21st Century Schizoid Band
Origin England
Genres Rock, progressive rock
Years active 2002 - 2004
Associated acts King Crimson
Past members Ian McDonald
Jakko Jakszyk
Mel Collins
Peter Giles
Michael Giles
Ian Wallace

21st Century Schizoid Band were a King Crimson alumnus group formed in 2002.

The name derives from the famous song "21st Century Schizoid Man" from the first King Crimson album, In the Court of the Crimson King. The initial band featured Mel Collins on saxophones, flute and keyboards, Michael Giles on drums, Peter Giles on bass, Ian McDonald on saxophones, flute and keyboards, and Jakko Jakszyk on guitar and vocals. All but Jakszyk had previously been members of King Crimson together. Ian Wallace, another former Crimson member, replaced Mike Giles in early 2003, after the band's Japanese tour. Further international touring followed in 2003/04.

The band played live with sets concentrating on compositions from King Crimson's first four albums and other works from the band members' back catalogues, including McDonald and Giles. They have released three albums, mostly of live work, but including newer and/or recent compositions, such as Ian McDonald's "Let There Be Light" (from his solo album Driver's Eyes) and "Catley's Ashes", a Jakszyk instrumental which later appeared on his solo album The Bruised Romantic Glee Club (2006).

The band has been inactive since 2004. Touring proved logistically complex, with members based in different countries, and financially unrewarding. The possibility of performing again in 2005 was considered following offers from festivals, possibly with Guy Evans (of Van der Graaf Generator) on drums to replace Wallace who had other commitments, but the idea was abandoned. Wallace's death in February 2007 would seem to have closed the lid on the band for good.

Jakszyk and Collins went on to work as a trio with Robert Fripp (and with rhythmic support from Crimson members Tony Levin and Gavin Harrison) on the Scarcity of Miracles album.

Rumours in 2013 point to a possible live project involving Collins, Jakszyk, Harrison and another former Crimson member John Wetton.[1]



  1. ^ Robert Fripp Diary entry, 16 July 2013