Psychedelic rock band formed by Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth in France in 1969. Gong became pioneers of a new brand of psychedelia/space-rock/trip-rock - with a conceptual ethos involving aliens and alternative realities. An international outfit, increasingly linked to other bands of the Canterbury scene, many musicians came and went. Without Daevid the band continued with Steve Hillage as leader for a short while, and then in various incarnations as the more jazz-rock styled Pierre Moerlen's Gong. There have been many other versions of Gong over the years, and many reformations since 1990.
See also band offshoots (in chronological order of existence) : Paragong, Planet Gong (2), Pierre Moerlen's Gong, Mother Gong, New York Gong, Gongmaison, Gongzilla, Gong Matrices, Gong Global Family, Acid Mothers Gong, etc.

Gong Discography


Gong Magick Brother (Album) BYG Records France 1969 Sell This Version
Gong Avec Daevid Allen Gong Avec Daevid Allen - Continental Circus (Album) Philips France 1971 Sell This Version
Gong Camembert Electrique (Album) BYG Records France 1971 Sell This Version
Gong Flying Teapot (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1) (Album) Virgin France 1973 Sell This Version
Gong Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2) (Album) Virgin France 1973 Sell This Version
Gong You (Album) Virgin US 1974 Sell This Version
Gong Shamal (Album) Virgin, Virgin US 1975 Sell This Version
Gong Gazeuse! (Album) Virgin UK 1976 Sell This Version
Gong Live Etc. (Album) Virgin, Virgin UK 1977 Sell This Version
Gong Gong Est Mort (Album) Tapioca, Tapioca France 1977 Sell This Version
Gong Expresso II (Album) Virgin Greece 1978 Sell This Version
none Gong Gong Live À Lyons(Cass, Album) Ottersongs none UK 1982 Sell This Version
OT 16 Gong Live At Mallacoff(Cass, Album) Ottersongs OT 16 UK 1982 Sell This Version
Gong The Mystery And The History Of The Planet Gong (Album) Demi Monde UK 1989 Sell This Version
Gong Live Au Bataclan 1973 (Album) Mantra France 1989 Sell This Version
Gong Live At Sheffield 1974 (Album) Mantra France 1990 Sell This Version
Daevid Allen / Banana Moon Band / Gong Daevid Allen / Banana Moon Band / Gong - Je Ne Fum' Pas Des Bananes (Album) Legend Music France 1992 Sell This Version
Gong Shapeshifter (Album) Celluloid France 1992 Sell This Version
Gong Live On TV 1990 (Album) Code 90 UK 1992 Sell This Version
Gong The Birthday Party (Album) Voiceprint, GAS Records (2) UK 1995 Sell This Version
Gong Camembert Eclectique (Album) GAS Records (2) UK 1995 Sell This Version
Gong Pre-Modernist Wireless: The Peel Sessions (Album) Strange Fruit UK 1995 Sell This Version
Gong You Remixed (Album) Hypnotic, Purple Pyramid, Outer Music US 1997 Sell This Version
PCCY 01145, PCCY-01145 Gong You Remixed (Phase 1.5)(CD, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Canyon International, Canyon International PCCY 01145, PCCY-01145 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
SMA CD 834, 085-139012 Gong Live 2 Infinitea(CD, Album) Madfish, Madfish SMA CD 834, 085-139012 UK 2000 Sell This Version

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August 24, 2016
R.I.P Gilli ... just heard the sad news .. :(


March 14, 2015
a genuine freak and prophet , the way to be


March 14, 2015
R.I.P daevid .. i've just heard the sad news :(


November 22, 2013
One of my absolute favorites. I was introduced to them by a friend through the PMG albums, which were OK, and from there I found the trilogy albums, which are superb. "Zero to infinity" hooks right in, very good album.


June 23, 2012
edited over 2 years ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Some still can be found in Daevid Allen's smile.
Thanx for they great Live performance, Gong is Psychedelic...Gong is the drug.

Zero The Hero And The Witch's Spell is the real name for Acid. Check out Microcosmic Allen's side project for more slide Space guitar.


March 6, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
apart from Hawkwind , I had never heard anything so psychedelic, some of my dads lps came close, but I heard angels egg first back in '92 heavily tripping on purple om acid tabs , and quite frankly it blew me away and tore my face off all at the same time . The thing with gong is , occasionally you don't get it or its not your "cup of tea" (get it?) but most of the time it's just psychedelic bliss, but then , that's what taking acid/shrooms/dots- whatever is all about , isn't it? You never know where it's gonna take you. Definitely go for the radio gnome trilogy of albums, and if you have some "good shit in stock" try gong est mort. I love underground black metAl and warehouse London acid techno but gong fill in the gaps . Remember it's fun to take a trip , put acid in your veins


January 21, 2011
edited over 2 years ago
Definately one of the most tripped out funked up jazz psych folk rock psychedelic bands to have come out of the 60's hippy scene.. gong really are masterful purveyors of all things crazy and wonderful..


October 9, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
After becoming a devout Ozric Tentacles convert in the early 90's I went on a quest to find out just who could have possibly influenced the Ozric's unbelievable sound. Conversations with older muso's revealed that I should look for the answer in a group called Gong. "Find the 'Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy' and you will understand", they told me.

After some searching I found "Flying Teapot", the first album in the trilogy, and was treated to a bizarre hybrid of psychedelic jazzy jamming with a healthy dose of synthy noodling on some tracks. "Not bad", I thought, and definitely worth tracking down the second album of the trilogy, "Angel's Egg".

Things started to get really interesting on "Angel's Egg". The sound became bigger, more cosmic and spacey. More synth effects and bubbles....more beautiful. By the end of the album I could't wait to hear the final album in the trilogy, "You", which was supposed to be the best of them all.

Once "You" was in my hands I just looked at the cover for a bit and wondered what could possibly be inside. The album starts and time begins to slow down as you're drawn back into the story. The music kicks in and you just hold on for the ride. You'll have to listen for yourself.

I guess if you're on this page you must have at least heard of the group or been hyperlinked through something related. There is nothing like Gong and as mentioned above they influenced a huge group of musicians after them.

I highly recommend the trilogy as a starting point.

Remember, you are me, I am you, all of us together.....

Now go aummmmmmmmmmmmmm..................


September 15, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
So you searched out Gong - the band who seeded the techno scene and have spawned so many cool bands - Ozrics, System 7, Orb ....... The early stuff is great - 'You' is the best imho. But for a real buzz try Gong You Remixed - a compilation of remixes of Gong material by The Orb, Shamen, System 7 etc - Phase1 and Phase 2 (2xCD) on glisscd001.


June 22, 2002
gong are THE only band of their kind ever to grace the music world and other worlds alike, they need to be understood at deeper levels to grasp who they really are and to discover what YOUR relatinship with the planet really is all about, it is a self dicovery to look deeper into their past and present movements,spiritualy,lyricaly,and physically..

i love ya Zero!...


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