Another one was McDonald & Giles, who were half of the King Crimson line-up that recorded the classic progressive rock album In The Court Of The Crimson King (i.e. the one whose cover is my current avatar). According to Stranger Than Fiction, Tim (vocals/piano) and Phil (drums) had formed the one-off duo Mellodrone to perform at a festival months prior to the formation of Split Ends. At this performance, Mellodrone performed a 20 minute piece - no doubt in a prog rock style. Anyway, the McDonald & Giles album was an influence. Anyone heard their music?