The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has a unique and much-revered place in the music firmament.
The final work of Daevid Allen’s life, Gong’s ‘I See You’ found him writing some of the best material of his career, while Gong updated their classic sound.
Steve Hillage was part of Gong’s formative years, recording the ‘Radio Gnome Trilogy’ with Daevid Allen. “It left an indelible mark on me,” he says.
In the late 60s, the quaint, historic city of Canterbury birthed a scene defined by its breezy, jazz-influenced vibe, quirky lyrics, and refusal to take itself too seriously.
Gong’s energised Acid Motherhood, recorded with Acid Mothers Temple, generated some controversy among hardcore fans when it was released on 30 March 2004.
The experimental rock collective has been going strong since being co-founded by the late Daevid Allen in the 1960s.
Gong’s ‘Shamal’ was a transitional LP, bridging between the stewardships of visionary Australian Daevid Allen and the prodigiously talented Pierre Moerlen.
With many members of the original Gong line-up returning, their 2009 album, ‘2032’, presented a fresh take on the band’s much-loved Radio Gnome Trilogy.
The albums' new editions include bonus discs featuring live and previously unreleased studio recordings.
With partner Daevid Allen, Smith formed the first incarnation of Gong in 1967.
Coinciding with their 50th anniversary, it's curated by former member Steve Hillage and has the full involvement of original band members.
Released in 1971, ‘Banana Moon’, the debut album by Gong mainman Daevid Allen, took nothing seriously and attracted high-profile fans such as David Bowie.
Disregarding conformity, Daevid Allen released ‘Now Is The Happiest Time Of Your Life’ in 1977: bona-fide anarchy at the height of punk.
Released in April 1972, Continental Circus is an anomaly in the Gong canon, but nonetheless radiates their signature charm.
Gong’s debut album, ‘Magick Brother’, stands as evidence of a wayward but irresistible collective, and what can be achieved when anarchy meets inspiration.