Gentle Giant have premiered a brand new video for “Inside Out”, which you can check out below.
“Inside Out” is taken from the pioneering prog-rock outfit’s final studio album, 1980’s Civilian, which is being reissued in remastered form this month (with the vinyl reissue to follow later in the year). The new reissue includes the previously-unissued track “Heroes No More.”
Civilian, the band’s tenth studio album, was recorded at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick was released in 1980. The album contained shorter, more commercial material. The band split after a short US tour. Some rare footage of the Miami show at the Gusman Cultural Center on that final tour resurfaced recently.
“It amazes me that there are still things to be discovered,” said Noah Shulman, son of Derek, and the man who put together the “Proclamation” fan video earlier this year that saw the surviving members of the band reunite (virtually) for the first time since 1980.
Jack Skelly who compiled Gentle Giant’s Tour History had chronicled the events of that evening: “Interestingly, Derek introduced the song “Knots” to the crowd as a “psychedelic” song. One fan claims Giant looked ill during this concert, even remembering John Weathers repeatedly throwing up into a bucket on stage during the show.
“As it turns out, the fan was correct. The band had eaten some bad burgers beforehand, jokingly described by Derek in a backstage press interview after the gig, as “Kentucky Fried Rat”. This also explains why Derek frequently left the stage when he was not singing. The food poisoning hit the players when the opening act, a group called Hoochie, took the stage, and continued through all of Giant’s set. Gary recalls this difficult gig, but says they still managed to put on a good show, even though they played without their own lighting and sound rig. This equipment was, unfortunately, on its way to Houston, the site of the following night’s show.”