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|Studio album by King Crimson|
|Released||June 18, 1982|
|Genre||Progressive rock, experimental rock, math rock, new wave|
|King Crimson chronology|
The Beat Generation
According to the Trouser Press Record Guide, the album focused on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac. The album makes several references to the writings of the Beat Generation:
- "Neal and Jack and Me" is the track most obviously inspired by Beat writers. The 'Jack' of the title is Beat writer Jack Kerouac, and the 'Neal' of the title is Kerouac's friend Neal Cassady. The song was released as a b-side to "Heartbeat". The song picks up where the album Discipline left off, with interlocking guitars playing in 5/4. Guitars frequently play in polyrhythms with 5/4 over 7/8.
- "Heartbeat" is also the name of the book written by Carolyn Cassady, Neal's wife, about her experiences with the Beats.
- "Sartori in Tangier" also derives its title from Beat influences including the Jack Kerouac novel Satori in Paris, and the city of Tangier in Morocco, where a number of Beat writers resided and which they often used as a setting for their writing. Writer Paul Bowles was associated with the Beats, and his novel The Sheltering Sky, which provided the title for a track on King Crimson's previous studio album, Discipline, is partly set in Tangier. The song was first released as a b-side to the Heartbeat 12" single in 1982. It is entirely instrumental with the intro performed by Tony Levin on the Chapman Stick.
- "Neurotica" shares its title with Neurotica, a Beat-era magazine.
- "The Howler" refers to the Beat poem Howl by Allen Ginsberg, which Fripp suggested to Belew as inspiration for the lyrics.
|1.||"Neal and Jack and Me"||4:22|
|3.||"Sartori in Tangier" (instrumental)||3:54|
|6.||"Two Hands" (lyrics: A. Belew and Margaret Belew)||3:23|
- King Crimson
- Robert Fripp – guitar, organ, Frippertronics
- Adrian Belew – guitar, lead vocals, additional drums on 'Sartori in Tangier'
- Tony Levin – bass guitar, Chapman stick, backing vocals
- Bill Bruford – drums
|1982||Billboard Pop Albums||52|
|1982||"Heartbeat"||Billboard Mainstream Rock||57|
In popular culture
- Allmusic review
- Rolling Stone review
- "King Crimson". Trouser Press. Archived from the original on 4 August 2005. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
- "Neurotica". Landesmania. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- Chapter 10: Battling the Social Neurosis. The Culture of Spontaneity (University of Chicago Press). Retrieved 2009-03-20.