Henry Cow

Formed May 1968. Disbanded August 1978
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Henry Cow

Henry Cow Biography (Wikipedia)

Henry Cow were an English avant-rock group, founded at Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson. Henry Cow's personnel fluctuated over their decade together, but drummer Chris Cutler, bassist John Greaves, and bassoonist/oboist Lindsay Cooper were important long-term members alongside Frith and Hodgkinson.

An inherent anti-commercial attitude kept them at arm's length from the mainstream music business, enabling them to experiment at will. Critic Myles Boisen writes, "[their sound] was so mercurial and daring that they had few imitators, even though they inspired many on both sides of the Atlantic with a blend of spontaneity, intricate structures, philosophy, and humor that has endured and transcended the 'progressive' tag."

While it was generally thought that Henry Cow took their name from 20th-century American composer Henry Cowell, this has been repeatedly denied by band members. According to Hodgkinson, the name "Henry Cow" was "in the air" in 1968, and it seemed like a good name for the band. It had no connection to anything. In a 1974 interview, Cutler said the name was chosen because "[i]t's silly. What could be sillier than Henry Cow?"

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Linguaphonie
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Linguaphonie
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Arcades
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Arcades
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Guider Tells Of Silent Airborne Machine (John Peel Session, 24 Apr 1973)
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Guider Tells Of Silent Airborne Machine (John Peel Session, 24 Apr 1973)
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Bee (Radio 1 Session, 24 Apr 1973)
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Bee (Radio 1 Session, 24 Apr 1973)
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Beautiful As The Moon
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Beautiful As The Moon
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Nine Funerals Of The Citizen King (John Peel Session, 24 Apr 1973)
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Nine Funerals Of The Citizen King (John Peel Session, 24 Apr 1973)
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War
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War
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Gretel’s Tale
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Gretel’s Tale
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Beautiful As The Moon - Terrible As An Army With Banners
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Beautiful As The Moon - Terrible As An Army With Banners
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Ruins
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Ruins
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Bad Alchemy
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Bad Alchemy
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Teenbeat
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Teenbeat
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Nirvana For Mice
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Nirvana For Mice
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A Worm Is At Work
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A Worm Is At Work
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Ottawa Song
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Ottawa Song
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Amygdala
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Amygdala
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Deluge
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Deluge
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On The Raft
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On The Raft
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Bee (John Peel Session, 24 Apr 1973)
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Bee (John Peel Session, 24 Apr 1973)
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