Twang Bar King

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Twang Bar King
Adrian Belew - Twang Bar King.jpg
Studio album by Adrian Belew
Released 1983
Genre Rock
Length 42:59
Label Island
Producer Adrian Belew
Adrian Belew chronology
Lone Rhino
Twang Bar King
Desire Caught By the Tail

Twang Bar King is the second solo album by Adrian Belew, released in 1983.

Made while Belew was an active member of King Crimson during the early 1980s, Twang Bar King was recorded in between the sessions and tours for Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair. Like its predecessor Lone Rhino, it features the members of Belew's pre-King Crimson band GaGa (this time augmented by session drummer and former Elvis Presley band member Larrie Londin) and the songs on it are drawn from GaGa's repertoire. This would be the last album on which Belew would work with the GaGa lineup. The R&B interlude "Sexy Rhino" continues the "rhino" theme from Lone Rhino and uses a Roland TR-808 drum machine.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and arranged by Adrian Belew except “I’m Down” written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney

  1. "I'm Down" – 2:54
  2. "I Wonder" – 4:39
  3. "Life Without a Cage" – 3:20
  4. "Sexy Rhino" – 0:37
  5. "Twang Bar King" – 1:26
  6. "Another Time" – 3:02
  7. "The Rail Song" – 5:39
  8. "Paint the Road" – 3:19
  9. "She Is Not Dead" – 4:41
  10. "Fish Head" – 4:30
  11. "The Ideal Woman" – 4:08
  12. "Ballet for a Blue Whale" – 4:44


  • Adrian Belew – guitars, percussion, lead vocals, arrangements
  • Christy Bley – acoustic piano, vocals
  • William Janssen – saxophones, bass clarinet, vocals
  • Larrie Londin – drums
  • J. Clifton Mayhugh – bass, vocals
  • Gary Platt - bass trombone
  • Stan Hertzman - executive producer
  • Rich Denhart - assistant producer
  • Gary Platt - engineer
  • Mike Getz - artwork, design

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