Peter Blegvad describes why Henry Cow was just not the group for him. I love the last line.
"The piece that got me kicked out was "Living In The Heart Of The Beast". I was assigned the task for the collective to come up with suitable verbals, and I wrote two verses about a woman throwing raisins at a pile of bones. Tim just said, I'm sorry, this is not at all what we want. And he wrote reams of this political tirade. I admired his passion and application but it left me cold. I am to my bones a flippant individual, I don't know why I was created thus or what I'm trying to deny, but it clashed with the extreme seriousness. People who take themselves very seriously make me giggle, unless they're pointing a weapon at me or my loved ones"
Go here to read more about Mr. Blegvad - http://calyx.club.fr/mus/blegvad_peter.html
Go here to read more about Henry Cow - http://www.ccutler.com/ccutler/bands/group02.shtml