Matte Kudasai

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"Matte Kudasai"
Single by King Crimson
from the album Discipline
B-side Elephant Talk
Released September 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock, soft rock, new wave
Length 3:47
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) King Crimson, Rhett Davies
King Crimson singles chronology
Epitaph/21st Century Schizoid Man
(1976)
Matte Kudasai
(1981)
Elephant Talk
(1981)

"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".

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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Matte Kudasai" (special mix) (Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin)
  2. "Elephant Talk" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin)

Covers[edit]

As of 1 April 2010, Amazon.com lists at least 6 covers of this song in their MP3 collection: Most recently by Birdsong at Morning from the album Vigil, another by Jennifer Faust from the album Light As a Feather, Stiff As a Board and one by Complexblue from the album Knot the Thought That Counts. There is also an acoustic cover in the language of Catalan (named "Mate Kudasai") recorded live by singer Gerard Quintana, which can be found in his 2005 album Per un tros de cel.

On 7 February 2011, Kurt Elling released the album The Gate, with a version of the song as the opening track.

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 of 2007.

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