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  • Alan Oehler wrote on November 10, 2008 report

    There's an editor's note in the question where you asked Belew where the title of "Lark's Tongues in Aspic" came from: "...the title came from a Monty Python's Flying Circus skit."

    Not sure about that; there's the skit with the Whizzo Chocolate Assortment where one of the candies is "garnished with lark's vomit," but nothing about tongues or aspic.

    Wikipedia has an article on the album

    that says that percussionist Jaime Muir came up with the title:

    "The title was invented by percussionist Jamie Muir and is meant to signify what he heard in this album's music: something fragile and delicate (larks' tongues) encased in something corrosive and acidic (aspic)."

    Of course aspic isn't corrosive or acidic particularly.

    Finally, the King Crimson fan site Elephant Talk has a wiki article titled "FAQ-What Does It All Mean?"

    where it says this:

    "Where did the title 'Larks Tongues In Aspic' come from?

    "The phrase seems to have originated in the studio when someone asked, 'What shall we call the album?'. Jamie Muir reportedly replied, 'Why, Larks Tongues In Aspic, of course!'. As far as any intrinsic meaning, 'little bird tongues in tomato jello' may not be a profound concept, but the chosen title certainly has a lyrical sound to it. Perhaps it's best to draw your own conclusions....

    "Kathryn O. reports on the history of this phrase:

    '... it (Larks Tongues In Aspic) is a real food, long eaten by decadent European and Asian monarchs/nobility (there are historical reports of thousands being eaten at Versailles in one sitting!), and during the 70's actually made a return to favor as a nouvelle cuisine delicacy, and was thus greatly mocked and derided as an indication of how silly the new cuisine was.'"

  • John Kelman wrote on November 10, 2008 report

    Thanks Alan - I'll make an adjustment.
    John Kelman,
    Managing Editor,
    All About Jazz

  • Dan Wasser wrote on November 14, 2008 report

    Fabulous interview. Very informative. I love Adrian and Crim. Thank you so much for posting it.

    One comment. I recall reading an interview of Bill Bruford and he said that Larks' Toungues was an inside joke because it actually sounds like: "toungues in ass." He might have been joking but it's true.