King Missile (art rock)

King Missile is still around to this day, but they released their most celebrated work in the late 80s and the early 90s. The most identifiable aspect of their unique sound is lyrical content (which you more or less just have to hear to understand). Some songs are comprised of stereotypical crunchy riffs reminiscent of the time period, while others are merely built around soft piano chords and nothing else. While the music itself might not be impressive on its own, the compositions as a whole truly stand at an arm’s length from most of the band’s more popular contemporaries.

Interesting fact: Before the full realization of King Missile, the band’s founder, John S. Hall, read what would eventually become song lyrics at open-mic poetry readings in Greenwich Village.

Recommended listening: “Martin Scorsese”

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