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1.33 | 5 ratings | 1 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

A My Experience
B What I Did

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Hammill / vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass
- Guy Evans / drums
- Phil Harrison / synthesizers
- David Jackson / saxes, flute
- Morris Pert / percussion

Releases information

Vinyl 7" Mercury / 6000 689 Netherlands

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(5 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (20%)
Poor. Only for completionists (40%)

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Review by Matti
1 stars -- First review for this single -- Peter Hammill and especially his classic prog band Van der Graaf Generator are among my long-time favourites, but I certainly don't like everything he's done, quite far from it in fact. The majority of the early 80's output is a good example of that. Sitting Targets (1981) does contain some pretty good songs, but the songs in this single -- both taken from the album -- are in my opinion nearly awful to listen to.

'My Experience' is a noisy and punkish song, and it reminds me of Talking Heads but with a harder edge. Not a song I'd wish to re-listen after hearing it once.

'What I Did' is even worse! Noisier and more aggressive. The soundscape is hostile, industrial and cold -- and terribly monotonous. Especially the percussion is like banging one's head against a wall. Good grief. In theory I appreciate the way Peter Hammill was at the time positive towards the punk & new wave movements and let them influence in his own expression, but this is a firm No Thank You for me.

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