Robert Wyatt

Former Wilde Flowers, Soft Machine and Matching Mole front man Robert Wyatt's a mystery to most Americans (including myself).  Critics seem to go ga-ga over him, but to my ears his fragile tenor voice and political baggage are at best an acquired taste.  Still, I'm always curious and some of the material I've been exposed to is fascinating.
 
After two studio albums and a solo effort "End of an Ear" Wyatt broke Matching Mole up in late 1972, heading off to Italy with then-girlfriend/poet Alfreda Benge.  Returning reinvigorated to the UK he decided to reactivate Matching Mole.  Unfortunately while attending a party hosted by Gong's Gilli Smyth, in July 1973 a drunk Wyatt fell out of a fourth floor window.  He shattered his spine and was left paralyzed from the waist down.  During a difficult recuperation period and extensive physical therapy Wyatt continued to write material.  Within a matter of months of his release from the hospital the now wheelchair confined Wyatt resumed his career as a solo act. -
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http://www.strongcomet.com/wyatt/ Almost official website
http://www.myspace.com/robertwyatt
http://www.last.fm/music/Robert+Wyatt

Robert Wyatt has an extensive catalogue, best for us at Future-Link is direct visitors and the curious to Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
Here is where you will find Roberts amazing life as a musician.

All information below is from Wikipedia

• The End of an Ear (1970)
• Rock Bottom (1974)
• Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (1975)
• The Animals Film (1982, Soundtrack)
• Old Rottenhat (1985)
• Dondestan (1991)
• Shleep (1997)
• Dondestan (Revisited) (1998)
• Cuckooland (2003)
• Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8 September 1974 (2005)
• Comicopera (2007)
• Radio Experiment Rome, February 1981 (2009)
• Orchestre National de Jazz Daniel Yvinec / Around Robert Wyatt (2009)
• For the Ghosts Within with Gilad Atzmon and Ros Stephen (2010)


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The injury led Wyatt to abandon the Matching Mole project, and his rock drumming (though he would continue to play drums and percussion in more of a "jazz" fashion, without the use of his feet). He promptly embarked on a solo career, and with musician friends (including Mike Oldfield, Ivor Cutler and Henry Cow guitarist Fred Frith) released his solo album Rock Bottom[1] on 26 July 1974. Two months later Wyatt put out a single, a cover version of "I'm a Believer", which hit number 29 in the UK chart.[1] Both were produced by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. There were strong arguments with the producer of Top of the Pops surrounding Wyatt's performance of "I'm a Believer," on the grounds that his use of a wheelchair 'was not suitable for family viewing', the producer wanting Wyatt to appear on a normal chair. Wyatt won the day and 'lost his rag but not the wheel chair'. A contemporary issue of New Musical Express featured the band (a stand-in acting for Mason), all in wheelchairs, on its cover. Wyatt subsequently sang lead vocals on Mason's first solo album Fictitious Sports in 1981 (with songwriting credits going to Carla Bley).

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Book: Robert Wyatt : Wrong Movements, by Michael King, SAF Publishing (Canada) 1994 ISBN 0-946719-10-1 ISBN 978-0-946719-10-5

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