Adrian Belew

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": progressive rock experimental guitar rock progressive Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 December 1949, Kentucky, USA. Guitarist Adrian Belew has enjoyed a rich and varied career, with a number of left-field stars having used his skills. His chameleon-like style, which ranges from overwrought progressive rock to impish and self-deprecating pop, has helped make his contributions more anonymous than otherwise might have been the case.

Having cut his teeth with Frank Zappa, Belew contributed admirably to Talking Heads’ tensely orchestrated early 80s output (Remain In Light, The Name Of This Band Is... , Stop Making Sense, etc.). His other clients included the Talking Heads spin-off group the Tom Tom Club. He also joined the re-formed King Crimson before Robert Fripp decided to resurrect his solo career, and spurred Belew to do the same. The funk-influenced style with which he had spiced Remain In Light resurfaced on his 1982 debut. Ill-focused and without a prevailing musical ethos to guide it (the album lurched from funk to...

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