Song infobox
Name = Indiscipline

Artist = King Crimson
Album = Discipline
Released = September 1981
track_no = 4
Recorded = 1981
Genre = Progressive rock
Length = 4:35
Writer = Adrian Belew
Composer = Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin
Label = Warner Bros.
Producer = King Crimson, Rhett Davies
prev = "Matte Kudasai"
prev_no = 3
next = "Thela Hun Ginjeet"
next_no = 5

"Indiscipline" is a song by King Crimson, from the 1981 album "Discipline". The song has become a fan favorite over the years and was often played live. On the "Beat" tour, for example, it closed all of the shows and began with a Bill Bruford drum solo. As with "Elephant Talk" and the spoken story in "Thela Hun Ginjeet", Adrian Belew would sometimes improvise small parts of the dialogue.


The song starts off slowly, primarily driven by Bruford's drums. After a short time, the guitars and stick are added in; these parts are fairly fast and very loud. After a while, the instruments all but stop, and Belew recites the verses. They are only spoken, never sung. The song returns to the driving drum/guitar/bass part before returning to vocals. This alternation occurs once more, with the instruments stopping only at the end of the track as Belew proclaims loudly "I like it!"

The song appears as the last track of the first side of the LP, creating a sort of a pun; the first side ends with "Indiscipline", the second side with "Discipline".


The lyrics of the song are based on a letter Belew received from his then-current wife, Margaret Belew. The letter is about a sculpture she had constructed.

Live versions

Due to the song's structure, it was not uncommon to find that, during the life of the '80s band, it was performed as the second and final encore, after Elephant Talk, especially on the Beat tour.

As evidenced by the many live versions from DGM issues, the song typically began with a Bruford drum solo. Some of the lyrics were improvised. The "jamming" between verses was often extended, and the song, along with Bruford's drum solo, often hauled in at ten minutes or more and would be the longest song on many of the Beat tour shows, the closest competitor being "Waiting Man". The song and the drum solo on the August 13, 1982 show, currently available for free download in either MP3 (192 kbit/s) or FLAC formats at DGM, [ [ DGM] , retrieved February 16, 2007] lasts for 11:07.

This is how the song was performed on the "Beat" tour; on the "Discipline" tour, the song saw a similar live structure, with some performances of the song peaking at over twelve minutes. On the "Three of a Perfect Pair" tour, the song was usually a bit shorter (On the June 27, 1984 show, it lasts for approximately 9:22).


On two of the album's major singles, "Elephant Talk" and "Thela Hun Ginjeet", the song appeared as a B-side.

Several live versions have been released through Discipline Global Mobile.

External links

* [ "Indiscipline" lyrics]


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