* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** Despite all the pretentiousness, there's still some good stuff that can be found on the band's first five albums, such as "The Barbarian", "Tarkus", "The Curse of Baba Yaga", "The Endless Enigma" and, most [[EpicRocking definitely]], "First Impression, Part 2" of Karn Evil 9 ("Welcome Back, My Friends to the Show that never ends!")
** Excerpts from "First Impression, Part 2" have even been used for the theme song and incidental music of [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] Television's prime-time show "The Generation Game" -- though not the bit about "seven virgins and a mule", obviously.
* CoveredUp: Most people who aren't classical music listeners are most likely to identify "Pictures at an Exhibition" with ELP than with Modest Mussorgsky.
* DeadHorseGenre: Some claim ELP was the final nail on progressive rock's coffin.
* EndingFatigue: "Memoirs of an Officer and Gentleman", a 20-minute song that has a five-minute coda consisting of marching music with no vocals.
* FanonDiscontinuity: ''Love Beach.''
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* SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}: Emerson's antics with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv5f5P5VbIc&feature=related Moog ribbon controller]], as seen from 0:41 - 0:51 and 1:33 - 1:51.
* HellIsThatNoise: "Toccata," most definitely. A prog version of a twentieth century composition that features strong discontinuity, dissonance, and SensoryAbuse. One of ELP's more frightening recordings. It's also so very much CreepyAwesome.
** Emerson actually played an early version of the "Toccata" to composer Alberto Ginastera, who praised it as "diabolical" and commended its creepiness, largely since the "Toccata" had been written to be terrifying in the first place.
* NarmCharm: "Lucky Man". Yes, the lyrics are simplistic and naive (it was written by a ''twelve-year-old'' Greg Lake). Yes, the guitar and vocals are pretty. And yes, [[TearJerker it's pretty sad]] [[DownerEnding nonetheless]].
* NightmareFuel: On the one hand, a lot of [=ELP=]'s attempts at this come across as NightmareRetardant. On the other, they could pull it off when they tried, as seen with "The Barbarian", "Toccata", possibly "Knife Edge" and ''maybe'' Keith Emerson's distorted, Dalek-like computer voice at the end of "Karn Evil 9".
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Pretty much every song by Lake that doesn't have lyrics by Peter Sinfield.
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