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YMMV: King Crimson
  • Awesome Music: Plenty of it— not surprising given the members' virtuosity and the sheer amount of Epic Rocking they do. Just about every fan will put "21st Century Schizoid Man," "Fracture," and "Starless" at the top of the list.
  • Broken Base: Whenever the band has recorded new music, there are some fans who say "They Changed It, Now It Sucks," while others say "It's the Same, Now It Sucks."
  • Funny Moments: One wouldn't think King Crimson capable of managing one, but the Three of a Perfect Pair bonus track "The King Crimson Barber Shop" proves otherwise.
    • Adrian Belew recounted an incident on his blog about his first tour with the band: While they were dressing for the show, Robert Fripp made faces at Belew and flashed him his genitals.
    • The Lizard lineup in "Bolero: The Peacock's Tale" where they reprise the verse section of the moody "Prince Rupert Awakes" as a Rat Pack-styled swing.
    • Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With EP includes a bonus track at the end of the album which features almost 4 minutes of (sometimes ridiculous) improvisations, and a lot of random banter between the group.
  • Ending Fatigue: "Moonchild" suffers from this big time, with ten minutes of ambient improvisation that goes nowhere. It's almost universally considered the low point of their otherwise beloved debut album.
    • "Starless" is undoubtedly a beautiful song, but damn if that instrumental section isn't long (about 8 minutes after the lyrical part has ended).
    • The ending of the "The Court of the Crimson King" isn't overly long, but it feels like it since it's kind of repetitive.
  • Hell Is That Noise: John Wetton's bass around the 4:02 and 12:27 mark of "Larks Tongues In Aspic, Part 1".
    • Also the screeching at the end of "Talking Drum"
    • And the intro to "Fallen Angel"
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Blood rack, barbed wire, politician's funeral pyre. Innocents raped with napalm fire..."
    • Many of their instrumentals are pretty creepy too, such as "Fracture".
  • Tear Jerker: Crim has a bunch to these, but the saddest probably has to go to "Starless".
    • Also "Epitaph", the song portion of "Moonchild", "Prelude: Song Of The Gulls", "Islands", "Exiles", "The Night Watch", "Trio", "Fallen Angel", "Waiting Man".
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: The Deception of the Thrush, which even Adrian Belew says he doesn't understand.
    • The lyrics of Peter Sinfield.
      • Peter Sinfield may actually be a case of World of Symbolism: he has an entire site dedicated to explaining the elaborate, obscure tapestry of historical, religious, and mythological references in his lyrics. Doesn't make the lyrics themselves any less mind-boggling, though.
  • Ur Example: Heavier moments make them overlap with Progressive Metal, especially on the album Red. "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part Two)" are also good examples of this, and are frequently covered by progressive metal groups.

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