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Ardent Manchester rock fans will all recall the influential music of local group Van der Graaf Generator. The band was formed in 1967 by Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith who met at Manchester University. | The original line up consisted of Hammill, Smith and organist Nick Pearne.

| Pearne quickly left the group which resulted in numerous line-up changes. | The band signed to Charisma Records but failed to achieve any real success before the line-up changed again. | The new-look group consisted of Hammill, David Jackson, Guy Evans and Hugh Banton. They experienced brief success in the UK with two album releases.

| The Least We Can Do is Wave to Each Other was released in Feb 1970 and H to He, Who Am the Only One was released in December 1970.

| The album The Least We Can Do is Wave to Each Other was Charisma records first ever album release. | Many artists claim to have been inspired by the music of Van der Graaf Generator, including John Lydon and Julian Cope. King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp even played on two of their albums.

| The band split in 1972 after several successful tours throughout Italy. | They returned in 1975 to release a new album, Godbluff. Changes were once again made to the line-up and the band changed their name from Van der Graaf Generator to the more simple Van der Graaf. The group disbanded once again in 1978.

| It wasn't until many years later in 2005 that the band once again reformed. This time the group consisted only of Hammill, Barton and Evans.

| The trio continued to tour and record new music together. Their most recent album Do Not Disturb was released in September 2016.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Feb 21, 2018
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