Van der Graaf Generator
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Van der Graaf Generator

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Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-songwriters Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records. They did not experience much commercial success in the ...

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Biography

Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-songwriters Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records. They did not experience much commercial success in the UK, but became popular in Italy during the 1970s. In 2005 the band reformed, and continue to perform as of 2014.

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House With No Door
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House With No Door
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Wondering
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Wondering
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Afterwards (Top Gear Session 18.11.1968)
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Afterwards (Top Gear Session 18.11.1968)
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Necromancer (Top Gear Session 18.11.1968)
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Necromancer (Top Gear Session 18.11.1968)
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People You Were Going To (Top Gear Session 18.11.1968)
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People You Were Going To (Top Gear Session 18.11.1968)
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When She Comes (John Peel Session 11 Nov 1976)
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When She Comes (John Peel Session 11 Nov 1976)
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All That Before
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All That Before
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Man Erg
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Man Erg
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Darkness - BBC Session 1971
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Darkness - BBC Session 1971
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Vision - BBC Session 1971
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Vision - BBC Session 1971
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Theme One - BBC Session 1971
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Theme One - BBC Session 1971
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Refugees
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Refugees
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A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers
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A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers
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Scorched Earth
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Scorched Earth
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Whatever Would Robert Have Said?
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Whatever Would Robert Have Said?
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Man Erg - BBC Session 1971
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Man Erg - BBC Session 1971
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Lizard Play
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Lizard Play
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Still Life (John Peel Session 20.04.1976)
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Still Life (John Peel Session  20.04.1976)
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Theme 1
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Van der Graaf Generator Biography

Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-songwriters Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records. They did not experience much commercial success in the UK, but became popular in Italy during the 1970s. In 2005 the band reformed, and continue to perform as of 2014.

The band formed at Manchester University, but settled in London where they signed with Charisma. They went through a number of incarnations in their early years, including a brief split in 1969. When they reformed, they found minor commercial success with The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other, and after the follow-up album, H to He, Who Am the Only One, stabilised around a line-up of Hammill, organist Hugh Banton, saxophonist David Jackson, and drummer Guy Evans. The quartet subsequently achieved significant success in Italy with the release of Pawn Hearts in 1971.

After several exhausting tours of Italy, the band split in 1972. They reformed in 1975, releasing Godbluff and frequently touring Italy again, before a major line-up change and a slight rename to Van der Graaf. The band split in 1978. After many years apart, the band finally united at a gig at the Royal Festival Hall and a short tour in 2005. Since then, the band has continued as a trio of Hammill, Banton, and Evans, who record and tour regularly in between Hammill's concurrent solo career. Their most recent album, ALT, was released in June 2012.

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