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Gong - 80% match to Soft Machine

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Although not officially applied to a group until 1971, the name Gong had already appeared on several projects undertaken by guitarist Daevid Allen (Christopher David Allen, 13 January 1938, Melbourne, Australia), a founder member of the Soft Machine. After relocating to Paris, Allen recorded two idiosyncratic albums before establishing this anarchic, experimental ensemble. G Read more

Caravan - 75% match to Soft Machine

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Formed in Canterbury, England, in 1968, Caravan evolved from the Wilde Flowers, a seminal local attraction that had included Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers and Hugh Hopper, all later of the Soft Machine. Pye Hastings (21 January 1947, Tomnavoulin, Bamffshire, Scotland; guitar, vocals), Jimmy Hastings (flute), David Sinclair (b. 24 November 1947, Herne Bay, Kent, England; keyboard Read more

Robert Wyatt - 73% match to Soft Machine

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Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945, Bristol, England. As the drummer, vocalist and guiding spirit of the original Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt established a style that merged the avant garde with English eccentricity. His first solo album, 1970’s The End Of An Ear, presaged his departure from the above group, although its radical content resulted in a muted reception. Read more

Kevin Ayers - 60% match to Soft Machine

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16 August 1944, Herne Bay, Kent, England. Ayers spent much of his childhood in Malaysia where his stepfather was a District Officer, before returning to England and becoming a central figure in the ‘Canterbury scene’. A founder member of the Wilde Flowers and the Soft Machine, this talented singer and songwriter abandoned the latter outfit in 1968 following an ardu Read more

Van der Graaf Generator - 60% match to Soft Machine

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts
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This UK rock band’s name was suggested by its first drummer Christopher John Judge Smith who, with keyboard player Nick Pearne (sometimes credited as Peame) and songwriter Peter Hammill (5 November 1948, Ealing, London, England; vocals/guitar), formed the band at Manchester University, England, in 1967. The name was intended as a tribute to the late American physicist R Read more

Henry Cow - 56% match to Soft Machine

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
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This uncompromising left-field rock band was formed in 1968 at Cambridge University, England by Fred Frith (17 February 1949, Heathfield, East Sussex, England; guitar, violin, piano, voice) and Chris Cutler (b. 4 January 1947, Washington, DC, USA; drums, piano, voice). Tim Hodgkinson (b. 1 May 1949, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; keyboards, alto saxophone, clarinet, voice), Read more

Gentle Giant - 49% match to Soft Machine

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Formed in 1969 by the Shulman brothers; Derek (11 February 1947, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals/guitar/bass), Ray (b. 3 December 1949, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England; vocals/bass/violin) and Phil (b. 27 August 1937, Glasgow, Scotland; saxophone), on the collapse of their previous group, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound. Kerry Minnear (b. 2 January 1948, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England Read more

Magma - 49% match to Soft Machine

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Mahavishnu Orchestra - 46% match to Soft Machine

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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Led by guitarist John McLaughlin (4 January 1942, Yorkshire, England), between 1972 and 1976 the Mahavishnu Orchestra played a leading part in the creation of jazz rock fusion music. Mahavishnu was the name given to McLaughlin by his Hindu guru Snr i Chimnoy, and the unit’s early work showed the influence of Indian ragas. The first line-up included several musicians who Read more

Nucleus - 46% match to Soft Machine

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Amon Duul II - 43% match to Soft Machine

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This inventive act evolved out of a commune based in Munich, Germany. The collective spilt into two factions in 1968 following an appearance at the Essen Song Days Festival where that supported the Mothers Of Invention and the Fugs. The political wing, known as Amon Düül, did record four albums, but Amon Düül II was recognized as the musical faction. Drawing Read more

King Crimson - 43% match to Soft Machine

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Documentaries
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Arguably progressive rock’s definitive exponents, King Crimson was formed in January 1969 out of the ashes of the eccentric Giles, Giles And Fripp. Robert Fripp (16 May 1946, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England; guitar) and Mike Giles (b. 1 March 1942, Bournemouth, Dorset, England; drums) were joined by Ian McDonald (b. 25 June 1946, London, England; keyboards), before fo Read more

Peter Hammill - 41% match to Soft Machine

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5 November 1948, Ealing, London, England. In 1967, singer-songwriter and guitarist Hammill formed Van Der Graaf Generator in Manchester, England, with university friends Nick Peame (keyboards) and Chris Judge Smith (drums). The band collapsed without making any recordings, but in 1968 it was re-formed with Hammill joined by Keith Ellis (bass), Guy Evans (drums) and Hugh Bant Read more

Steve Hillage - 40% match to Soft Machine

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Stephen Simpson Hillage, 2 August 1951, Walthamstow, London, England. Guitarist Hillage played with Uriel in December 1967 alongside Mont Campbell (bass), Clive Brooks (drums) and Dave Stewart (organ). This trio carried on as Egg when Hillage went to college. He returned to music in April 1971, forming Khan with Nick Greenwood (bass), Eric Peachey (drums) and Dick Henningh Read more

Brand X - 39% match to Soft Machine

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Brand X was one of the most commercially successful of the UK jazz rock groups of the late 70s and early 80s. Moroccan Roll reached number 37 in the UK album chart in May 1977 while Is There Anything About crept in at number 93 in September 1982. The original line-up of the band comprised John Goodsall (guitar), Robin Lumley (keyboards), Percy Jones (bass, ex-Liverpool Scene) a Read more

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