ORGAN THING: Van Der Graaf Generator being on tour, now, is a kind of miracle, not just because they started their utterly unique thing so long ago, but because they’re doing it with as much if not more vigour and honesty than ever…

Live review: Van Der Graaf Generator – London Palladium, 24th February 2022 – It has to be asked: would this show be like this if we hadn’t all come through two years of existential dread?   It’s hard to tell, with Van Der Graaf Generator. Existential dread – or perhaps existential obsession is more accurate  –…

ORGAN PREVIEW: “All life has been in some kind of abeyance. Now at last things seem to be on the way to starting up again”, Peter Hammill looks forward “with joy and excitement (and the usual pinch of trepidation)” to February’s Van Der Graaf Generator UK shows…

Van Der Graaf Generator’s UK tour is now less than a month away, the rescheduled dates really do look like they will be happening this time, and so, without wishing to tempt anything, a message from Peter Hammill regarding the upcoming VdGG tour as it appeared a day or two ago on his website… “Astonishingly,…

ORGAN THING: List time, our top albums of 2021, who made it? Gazelle Twin & NYX, Peter Hammill, Michael J Sheehy, Black Country New Road, Robert Calvert, Flying Luttenbachers, Deerhoof, Van Der Graaf, Alex Ward, Charlotte Greve, the Commoners Choir and…

The self indulgent end of year best albums list thing, everyone loves a list don’t they? Do like to wait until the actual end of the year though, we’re almost there now and well, here it is. Of course we haven’t listened to everything, of course we haven’t, we certainly haven’t reviewed everything – we…

ORGAN THING: And then there were the other three, Van Der Graaf Generator’s Godbluff, Still Life and H To He Who Am The Only One reissued, four properly classic albums and… 

There’s a beautiful warmth to this original version of House With No Door, I’ve listen to so many live versions, not sure when I last listened to the original studio version. There’s a warmth to the whole album actually (even if bodies are torn by vultures and…). We featured the re-issued Pawn Hearts a few…

ORGAN THING: Van Der Graaf Generator, The Charisma Years – I mean, catch hold of that BBC session version of Killer from 1970 and tell me it isn’t laced with punk rock danger…

Okay, I confess, the distractions were cleared as soon as the postman handed it over, straight to Plague of Lighthouse Keepers, and of course it sounds wonderful, how could it not? It could have been any number of tracks really but that was the one that originally pulled me in. It is slightly strange without…