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 singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has a unique and much-revered place in the music firmament.
Gong’s ‘Shamal’ was a transitional LP, bridging between the stewardships of visionary Australian Daevid Allen and the prodigiously talented Pierre Moerlen.
With many member of the original Gong line-up returning, their 2009 album, ‘2032’, presented a fresh take on the band’s much-loved Radio Gnome Trilogy.
With partner Daevid Allen, Smith formed the first incarnation of Gong in 1967.
Released in 1971, Banana Moon, 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.
With Angels Egg, Daevid Allen and Gong arguably went out into the furthest reaches that their space-rock explorations had taken them to date.
The future of progressive rock giants Gong is bright, according to Kavus Torabi, frontman of the 2015 line-up.
Daevid Allen, the founder of progressive trailblazers Gong, who died of cancer, aged 77, on 13 March 2015, sent his bandmates a farewell message.