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    Posted: December 04 2013 at 14:54
Originally posted by dr wu23

...I'm sure 'they' used the name KC because of name recognition and I have no problem with that...


Such tactics can sure help with sales, but using the name KC meant that those people expecting KC and the Sunshine Band might be left feeling very misled and irate (might have helped turn a few disco fans into prog fans though).  I think it would have been better if they had stuck with the name King Crimson instead of using the initials for name recognition from a very different audience... Hey, but whatever works. ;)
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I don't see any contradiction in that - whatever band of musicians were brought together, with only Fripp as the constant - I'm sure it was a communal effort, or at least, could be. That doesn't change the fact that the band originally called King Crimson were no longer together, Fripp merely used the label as a selling tool for whatever projects he fancied at the time.


So anytime a band changes personnel or breaks up, they should develop a new name? That's what I'm inferring from this.

I suppose it's all about the balance - new incarnations can be formed or evolved by one member leaving and somewhere down the line another, but there must come a point (around midway?) when the original band cannot be said to exist. In the case of King Crimson, wholesale clear-out with only Fripp as constant speaks for itself. A very fine guitarist for sure, and always interesting in whatever he does, but King Crimson still lives? Hardly. 
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How many original members need remain before a band becomes a brand






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What a good headline - When does a band become a brand? Sounds like an excellent discussion topic to me.
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Fripp makes a clear distinction between Crimson, solo and other projects and that is his right. Anyone can see that KC is very much a creative whole rather than a vehicle for Fripp, which is why he chooses his band mates very carefully. Personally I think he's at his best when he is feeding off other people's ideas and creativity.


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