The Birth Machine Baby sculpture pictured above was photographed by me in the Last Rites Gallery in Manhattan, which has a number original HR Giger pieces on display. Giger, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 74, is perhaps best known in popular culture as the designer of the Alien creatures in the film franchise of the same name, or, if you are a bit older, the designer of the cover of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s 1973 epic prog rock masterpiece, Brain Salad Surgery. But his career was about so much more than that.
Keyboard wizard and all-around musical genius Keith Emerson celebrates his Birthday today, having been born on November 2nd, 1944. This live video for the song “Karn Evil 9” is super-grainy (I suspect it was record on VHS from a TV signal) but still so much fun! What a great fucking song, and look how thin Greg Lake was! The 70s were Awesome. Happy Birthday, Keith!
A half a dozen years after Swiss surrealist HR Giger designed the cover art for Emerson Lake & Palmer’s 1973 prog rock opus, Brain Salad Surgery, he increased his profile greatly with a little gig designing the title creatures for a sci-fi flick called Alien. Now, the chest-burster Aliens from that film’s pivotal early scene meet delicious pastry in the form of the HR Giger-inspired Wedding Cake. The picture above really says it all: a brilliant creation, and it’s probably delicious as well!
Cake by Jet City Cakes
Emerson With One of His ‘70s-era Moog Synthesizers
Keith Emerson, keyboardist for prog-rock legends, Emerson, Lake & Palmer was born on this day, November 2nd in 1944! Brain Salad Surgery is still one of my favorite albums of all time! Happy Birthday Keith!