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The original quartet.

U.K. were a progressive rock supergroup formed in 1977, originally consisting of Soft Machine guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Yes and King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford, King Crimson bassist and vocalist John Wetton (who had also played with Renaissance and Family) and Roxy Music keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson, with Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio brought on after the former two left the group. Disbanding in 1980, the three-man version of U.K. reunited in 2011 and toured for another four years before splitting again.


  • U.K. (1978)
  • Danger Money (1979)

U.K. and their music contain examples of:

  • Epic Instrumental Opener: The instrumental "Alaska" leads into "Time to Kill".
  • Fading into the Next Song: "In The Dead of Night" fades into "By The Light of Day", which in turn fades into "Presto Vivace".
  • Instrumentals: "Alaska" is the only track without vocals on their studio albums.
  • Lead Bassist: As with other groups with him as a member, John Wetton is on both bass and vocals in U.K.
  • Medley: The "In The Dead of Night" suite, consisting of "In the Dead of Night", "By The Light of Day" and "Presto Vivace and Reprise".
  • Rock Trio: Eventually became one, with Jobson on keyboards and violin, Wetton on vocals and bass guitar and Bozzio on drums and percussion.
  • Self-Titled Album: Their debut.
  • Siamese Twin Songs:
    • "Alaska", an instrumental whose final chord is the scream that begins "Time To Kill".
    • "Presto Vivace and Reprise", the first part a fast and complicated instrumental and the second a reprise of "In the Dead of Night".
  • Something Blues: "Caesar's Palace Blues". Unusually, this is also a song with a Title-Only Chorus.
  • Title-Only Chorus: "In The Dead of Night", "By The Light of Day", "Danger Money", "Rendezvous 6:02" and "Caesar's Palace Blues" all just repeat their respective titles in their choruses. Most of the rest of the songs in their discography come close by repeating their titles in their chorus, but also having other lyrics.