Steven Wilson Takes A Detour …

… or does he?

This little ditty from his next album was released this week …



… and the usual armchair critics are already weighing in – as I type, just shy of 70,000 views and already there are nearly 500 thumb downs … to give you a comparison – two other tracks off his next album.

  • Pariah – over 600,000 views with 208 thumb downs
  • Song of One – just shy of 300,000 views with 421 thumbs down

I think it is clear that the thumbs down are way out of proportion … but I have a theory.

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Spend Your Life Doing Something You Love

I was born in ’67
The year of Sgt. Pepper
And are you experienced

… no, not me. That would be Steven Wilson. Those lyrics are extracted from the track Time Flies, from the album The Incident.

It’s a great song, and I was reminded of those opening lyrics when I saw that The Beatles were releasing the 50th Anniversary of Sergeant Peppers. Fifty Years since ‘The Summer Of Love’. That means Wilson is fifty years old this year. I’ve written about him before in many places – not least of which on this very blog. This link takes you to the various posts – well worth a click around and through if you have a Wilson interest.

Meanwhile, on a very different blog, we recently got into a discussion of great musicians, bands, performers etc that you might feel should be more publically acknowledged. For me – Wilson is right at the top of my list. One of my friends asked for a ‘where do I start to get into him’ … he asked because SW is – to say the least … prolific.

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Music Has A Power Beyond Anticipation

I have been listening to a podcast with Alex Baldwin talking to Patti Smith. You can do the same … just follow the link. It’s a great podcast, recorded after she represented Bob Dylan to accept the Nobel Prize and even if you have read ‘Just Kids‘ you will find lots of insights into her life – and self.

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Steven Wilson – The Masonic – San Francisco

Not my first time to see the man. Won’t be the last. First saw him around 14 years ago – shortly after buying my first album by his band Porcupine Tree. In Abstentia. Since then I have acquired close to 50 of his albums (no exaggeration – I just checked) and seen him maybe 10 times. Yes – I am a fan.

The Set List

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Integrated Inspiration

This passing through the feeds today – and I see Phantogram are releasing their third album – called three. I guess all their originality went into their songs.phantogram-you-dont-get-me-high-anymore-tonight-show-starring-jimmy-fallon-video-watch-640x426

If you want to take a listen click through – rather good really.

What caught my eye is how much the set reminded me of Genesis in the early 70s
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Of course Genesis didn’t have “an eerie backdrop of mannequin parts.” – I guess that part came from Steven Wilson …..