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    Posted: February 20 2013 at 22:03
Originally posted by HolyMoly

I feel a little guilty because I probably hadn't listened to any of his albums for a year or so.  But pulling them out again today, there are countless songs in there that have been a part of my life for what seems like forever.  He's brought me so much joy in my life, and has continually sparked my imagination as I wondered how anyone who wrote something as light as "Butterfly Dance" could then turn around and do something as thoroughly demented and evil as "Song From the Bottom of a Well".  He liked to experiment, but he liked to play it simple too.  He saw the world with the eyes of a child, and had the poetic gifts to let us see that world too.
 
 
Well said Steve Clap
Ayers and Wyatt were the co-founders of Soft Machine i understand, and were great friends back in the day. Kevin left after Soft Machine's first album and tour. They opened for Hendrix on his American tour which you can appreciate would have been a whirlwind for the band and Kevin decided to leave and go solo.
Ayers spent his childhood growing up in Malaysia enjoying the beach and warm weather. So when his parents moved back to the UK when he was around 12 it was traumatic for him as he was shipped off to boarding school and also dealing with the grey and damp climate. He would spend the rest of his life trying to escape England eventually living in France. He loved the warmer climates including the people who lived there because he felt these people enjoyed life more and were more relaxed.
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R.I.P Kevin Ayers! A very unique and enigmatic performer
A GREAT YEAR FOR PROG!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2013 at 23:39
Originally posted by HolyMoly

NOOOOOOOOOOOO

CryCryCry

omg....
This.
OMFG.............................why does this have to happen..................................................?????
R.I.P. Kevin, I'll be shooting at the moon for ya' !!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SaltyJon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2013 at 00:07
Very upsetting news, RIP Kevin. 
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R.I.P
 
 
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Prog has been losing people lately Disapprove   R.I.P
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Post Options Post Options   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2013 at 06:04
Originally posted by chopper

A great loss, I love his solo albums. A giant of prog.
 
And why can't I see anything about this on the BBC web site?
Well it got on the BBC in the end, apparently Kevin's father started the Old Grey Whistle Test.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2013 at 06:06
Originally posted by chopper

Originally posted by chopper

A great loss, I love his solo albums. A giant of prog.
 
And why can't I see anything about this on the BBC web site?
Well it got on the BBC in the end, apparently Kevin's father started the Old Grey Whistle Test.

That was on the BBC site yesterday. It is  posted in a duplicate thread.
Coldness doth get away with the badness.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2013 at 06:48
Originally posted by Snow Dog

Originally posted by chopper

Originally posted by chopper

A great loss, I love his solo albums. A giant of prog.
 
And why can't I see anything about this on the BBC web site?
Well it got on the BBC in the end, apparently Kevin's father started the Old Grey Whistle Test.

That was on the BBC site yesterday. It is  posted in a duplicate thread.
Yeah, I saw it on the BBC yesterday, but it did take them a while to post it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2013 at 07:02
Originally posted by chopper

Originally posted by Snow Dog

Originally posted by chopper

Originally posted by chopper

A great loss, I love his solo albums. A giant of prog.
 
And why can't I see anything about this on the BBC web site?
Well it got on the BBC in the end, apparently Kevin's father started the Old Grey Whistle Test.

That was on the BBC site yesterday. It is  posted in a duplicate thread.
Yeah, I saw it on the BBC yesterday, but it did take them a while to post it.

Very true.
Coldness doth get away with the badness.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Alucard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2013 at 11:41
Kevin Ayers died last monday at his French home.
Cry
Tadpoles keep screaming in my ear
"Hey there! Rotter's Club!
Explain the meaning of this song and share it"

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Thanks, Alucard. I hadn't heard. Unhappy
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Just to point out this thread to those thinking of starting another (with all due respect)

 


Edited by akamaisondufromage - February 21 2013 at 12:18
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Very sad. RIP Unhappy
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Post Options Post Options   Quote CPicard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2013 at 16:06
Went to my library, picked up Joy Of A Toy, started to play the chords of "Song For Insane Times".
What could I do else?


Edited by CPicard - February 21 2013 at 16:08
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RIP Ayers
Loved you when you were in Soft. + your Joy of a toy album. Your voice was so soothing for us.
Peace and courage for your relatives.


Edited by Olivier! - February 21 2013 at 19:59
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very very sad. Lost one of my musical icons.
 
loved his music and his attitude
 
"Goodbye, everybody, Now it's time to go.
I hope I don't leave you feeling low, oh no...."
 
 
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"Don't be sad and down
Take another look around"
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And by the way,
THANK YOU
VERY
MUCH
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Post Options Post Options   Quote RoyFairbank Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 23 2013 at 14:59
RIP

I don't like soft machine very much but It stinks losing a prog legend.

One song by Ayers I like that I just played was Saturday Night from Falling Up. I used to play it on Saturday night shifts at work, as the sun set. I found out he had passed on on a saturday night (or evening).... weird coincidence.....
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