friRev – wildest dreams

Go see GirlOnTheContrary for more….

In 1982, music producer Mike Stone turned a supergroup wet-dream into reality when he banded Steve Howe (Yes), Carl Palmer (ELP), John Wetton (King Crimson) and Geoff Downes (Yes, Buggles) together and dubbed them Asia.  Prog fans were salivating in anticipation of this release, but were let down when the result was closer to pop rock than prog rock.  In any case, Asia had a string of top 40 hits, rode the MTV wave during it’s infancy, and have reunited several times under different line-ups over the years.  From the first self-titled album, one song in particular, although not one of the top 40 hits, stands out because of its heartfelt anti-war lyrics, which are more than viable almost 30 years later,  and some very tasty fills by Steve Howe and Carl Palmer (one of my drumming heroes in my formative years).  There are several versions of this on YouTube but I picked the live reunited version because it faithfully captures the feel of the song, includes the Palmer chops, and presents Steve Howe as a Back To The Future professor/doc-looking deer-caught in the headlights zombie.  Dunno what happened there….

Wildest Dreams – John Wetton/Geoff Downes

They decorated all the generals
Who fought the war behind the lines
They had forgotten all the soldiers
The brandy puts them way behind the times

Insanity has found its way to TV screens
Vision seems impossible to me
They fight for king and country
I never would have thought this in my

Wildest dreams

The evening comes, we sit and watch the VJs
Clips and rushes come from, who knows where
From Washington across to California
With fighting breaking out in Leicester Square

We see the soldiers moving on to victory
And children trampled under marching feet
They fight for king and country
How many millions will they put to sleep?

Wildest dreams
Fly away

No, not in this world
No, not in the next
No, not in my wildest dreams

They recommended euthanasia
For non-conformers anywhere
Some men’s dreams for others turn to nightmares
This never would have happened in their

Wildest dreams
Fly away

No, not in this world
No, not in the next
No, not in the wildest dreams


I just heard this song from Metric for the first time a couple of days ago and didn’t want to wait until next week.  The song is excellent and the video shows some creativity and technical wizardry…as long as you pay attention



Filed under drumming, music, peace, YouTube

5 responses to “friRev – wildest dreams

  1. I never heard that song before, but as I was trying to think of it, I keep getting one by the Moody Blues named somewhat like it.


  2. Wasn’t familiar with either of these. Thanks for the recommendations.

  3. I’ve seen the original lineup four times in the past three years, as well as a double show with Yes. I have no idea how Howe does it, but he can still crank out some tasty chops. I have a hard time looking at him, though, I must admit…

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