|| Bands of much geekiness
||Sep. 8th, 2003 04:44 pm|
Just bought Arena's "The Visitor". In 'Enemy Without', the following lyric caught my ear, sung as it was in finest prog-rock melancholy:|
I let the child die, on signal fifteen
Combine this with "Ghost in the Firewall" on "Immortal?" and I start to fear this band.
But are there geekier bands out there, that have cracked the market to any extent?
 I'm still not sure what prog-rock is, but I think Arena are.
 Eg 'nip into virgin to buy it' scales of availability.
prog rock=progressive rock=Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Gong, 70s bands with songs that go on for hours with long twiddly guitar solos (anything done by Rick "I'm a wizard, no honest i am" Wakeman is almost certainly prog), album titles like "Return of the Manticore", "Tales from Topographic Oceans". Usually big dollops of Arthurian legend/pastoral fantasy.
ELP/YES were huge,and are thoroughly available in HMV/virgin.
(This has been a public service announcement, as aside from Gong, i can't stand the stuff myself. *g* .)
Prog rock seems to cover an overlarge multitude of sins. Much of it is, IMNSHO, psychedelic shite, but it also seems to cover such musical masters as Marillion and Arena, who generally seem rather more dark, gritty and listenable. Pendragon are pretty good too, but their lyrics could be ground to make high-grade bread, and then you get fantasy-rock like Blind Guardian &c, which is another box entirely.
Prog rock is a much-maligned genre. This appears to be because it runs the gamut from some of the most exercrable, pretentious toss ever-recorded (much of Rick Wakeman's solo stuff, post-Gabriel Genesis), to truly great bands like Rush and King Crimson. I'm a bit of a sucker for a lot of the late 60s / 70s prog acts like Van Der Graaf Generator, Soft Machine, Yes, Gabriel-era Genesis, but somehow never really got on with Marillion. There are frequent prog / psych crossovers, e.g. some Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, but in general the two are quite distinct. Don't know Pendragon... if you wanted recommendations of great prog albums (you probably don't, but never mind) I would strongly suggest picking up King Crimson's 'Red', Rush's 'A Farewell To Kings' or Yes' 'Fragile'.
I suppose to put things in context it's only fair I point out that I really like Emerson, Lake and Palmer :-).
 Oh and I meant geeky bands that have made it, not prog rock bands, just to clarify - I could list plenty of the former from 'The best prog rock album in the world ever
', which is currently befouling my desk drawer - anyone do me the service of taking it off my hands?
*raises eyebrow* How much do you want for it?
I'll give it to the next person heading cambswards if you want it.