|Single by King Crimson|
|from the album Discipline|
|Genre||Progressive rock, new wave|
|Producer(s)||King Crimson, Rhett Davies|
|King Crimson singles chronology|
"Matte Kudasai" is a single by the progressive rock band King Crimson, released in 1981. Its tracks are from the album Discipline (1981). "Matte Kudasai" evolved from another song recorded by The League of Gentlemen called "Northa Kudasai", which in turn became "North Star" on Robert Fripp's 1979 album Exposure.
The latest versions of Discipline contain two versions of "Matte Kudasai". On the original releases, just one version was included. That version omitted a guitar part by Robert Fripp. "Matte Kudasai (alternative version)" has the guitar part included.
Adrian Belew applies a slide and echo to his guitar to simulate the sound of seagulls at least twice in the song. Once in the beginning and, again, near the end.
"Matte Kudasai" means "please wait" in Japanese.
- "Matte Kudasai" (special mix) (Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin)
- "Elephant Talk" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin)
Mr. McFall's Chamber covered the song on its 2001 album Upstart Jugglers.
On 20 April 2011, k.d. lang and her band the Siss Boom Bang covered the song as part of her concert at the BBC Radio Theater. The audio and video of that performance were broadcast on 21 April 2011 on BBC Radio 2. Lang noted in her introduction to the song that it was influential on the sound of her fifth album, Ingenue.
In late 2005, Voiceprint released the first Crimson Jazz Trio album, The King Crimson Songbook, Volume One with a well-received instrumental version of the song, featuring fretless bass work by Tim Landers. The Crimson Jazz Trio was a short-lived jazz trio conceived by former King Crimson drummer Ian Wallace and pianist Jody Nardone. The trio's brief existence was prematurely ended by Wallace's death in February 2007.
- Robert Fripp – Roland G-303 guitar synthesizer controller, Roland GR-300 guitar synthesizer
- Adrian Belew – guitar, vocals
- Tony Levin – Music Man Stingray 4 bass
- Bill Bruford – drums
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