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The continental connection also gave the Anglo-French Gong some distance from mainstream prog — that and Daevid Allen's umbilical link to the early days of psychedelia as a founding member of Soft Machine. While most progressive acts were invariably po-faced and sniffy about old style psych gimmickry, Gong dragged the '67 vibe into the '70s, wrapping it up in a visionary mythology that involved pot head pixies, flying teapots and intergalactic travel. Faintly anachronistic and often anarchic, Gong's way of life tended to undermine perceptions of their music, though their glissando guitar enhanced psychedelia ("Fohat Digs Holes in Space") and druggy ambient chillout ("A Sprinkling of Clouds") have endured far better than the mystical tales Allen wove around them. The jazz-influenced collective could be surprisingly robust, too, as the amateurish commune rock of "You Can't Kill Me" and the insistent riffery of "I Never Glid Before" confirm.