Matte Kudasai

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"Matte Kudasai"
Single by King Crimson
from the album Discipline
B-side"Elephant Talk"
ReleasedSeptember 1981
GenreProgressive rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin
Producer(s)King Crimson, Rhett Davies
King Crimson singles chronology
"Epitaph/21st Century Schizoid Man"
"Matte Kudasai"
"Elephant Talk"

"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 30th and 35th anniversary editions of Discipline contain two versions of "Matte Kudasai". On the original LP, cassette and CD releases, just one version was included. That version featured a guitar overdub by Robert Fripp. "Matte Kudasai (Alternative version)" (as it appears as a bonus track on current editions) is the original version included on the LP .

Adrian Belew applies a slide and echo to his guitar to simulate the sound of seagulls twice in the song; once at the beginning, and again near the end.

"Matte Kudasai" means "wait, please" 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)


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 2007.

The Levin Brothers (keyboardist/arranger Pete Levin and King Crimson bassist Tony Levin) included an instrumental version of "Matte Kudasai" on their 2014 album Levin Brothers.[1]



  1. ^ "The Levin Brothers Homepage". Retrieved 2016-10-19.

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