Watch Robert Fripp Cover Black Sabbath’s "Paranoid" in a Prison Cell

King Crimson legend Robert Fripp has taken his ever-evolving approach to the guitar in a dizzying amount of fascinatingly off-beat directions over the course of his half-century-plus career. 

But this is a very strange turn, even for him.

In a video posted to the YouTube channel of his wife of 34 years, musician and actress Toyah Wilcox, Fripp – sporting fake tattoos, sitting in a fake prison cell and armed with a Fernandes Custom Gold – has a go at the Black Sabbath classic, "Paranoid." 

Meanwhile, Wilcox shows off her best dance moves behind the cell as Fripp chugs along, giving the whole scene a – in this writer's opinion – Twin Peaks sort of vibe. But hey, it's open to interpretation.

“Happy Sunday lunch from Toyah and Robert!” Fripp says after he's done channeling his inner Iommi.

An unexpected treat from the ever-unpredictable master...

Jackson Maxwell
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.