Archive for July, 2011

Return of the Giant Hogweed – Really!

July 7, 2011

Heracleum Mantegazziani! It’s not just a Genesis song. Those guys warned us about this back in the ’70’s, and here I thought it was just a fantasy story … like the rest of Nursery Cryme. It’s not! It’s invading New York state, and the story of how it escaped its native lands is exactly what Genesis said in their lyrics … “Fashionable country gentlemen had some cultivated wild gardens in which they innocently planted the Giant Hogweed throughout the land!”

Check out the links below, or enjoy the YouTube video of Genesis singing out their warning.

Huffington Post article about Giant Hogweeds.
Complete lyrics to “Return of the Giant Hogweed”

Alphataurus Reunites

July 2, 2011

Italian symphonic proggers Alphataurus are back together again. They released a single self-titled album in 1973, followed by a demo-quality release of their unfinished second album, Dietro L’uragano, also recorded in 1973 but only released in 1992. In November 2010, they re-united and played a concert in Mezzago, Italy. I’ve requested further information from the band and I’ll pass further information along as soon as it’s available. — Fred Trafton