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(Slate)   The untimely death of Progressive Rock, which once was the future of rock and roll but became, for some inexplicable reason, a joke   (slate.com) divider line 234
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2012-08-14 08:43:32 AM  
If this were a real Progressive Rock article, it would take an hour to read and go off on multiple tangents.
 
2012-08-14 09:00:09 AM  
Since the article never really got around to saying anything, here is a link to a live performance of Yes from 1975, "Close to the Edge"

// The 4 minute jazzy intro should asplode the head of all but the uber-enlightened.

// I'm not too sure about the intro either but I like the rest of the piece
 
2012-08-14 09:06:45 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
RIP Progressing Rock
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-08-14 09:09:40 AM  
It's been a week or two since I last said it, so: I miss 1970s prog. I was too young to get into it seriously. My father had some ELP albums and my mother had 8-track of Journey to the Centre of the Earth to pass the time on long car trips. Yes' shorter stuff was on the radio, and a single or two from Genesis' Lamb. I didn't buy my first record until the 1980s, and by that time pop and pop-rock ruled.

I recommend Iain Banks' novel Espedair Street, in part a fictional look at the 1970s prog scene.
 
2012-08-14 09:10:03 AM  
Yes but this freed me up to right a rock opera about the life of Jack the Ripper.
 
2012-08-14 09:12:30 AM  

Cheron: Yes but this freed me up to right a rock opera about the life of Jack the Ripper.


Saucy Jack?

I envy you....
 
2012-08-14 09:14:26 AM  
The untimely death of Progressive Rock

It was indeed untimely. Should have happened *MUCH* sooner.
 
2012-08-14 09:15:19 AM  
userserve-ak.last.fm

Thank you, foul-mouthed yobs. Thank you.
 
2012-08-14 09:16:04 AM  
It died under the weight of it's own bombast.

You want to know what happened to prog rock? It didn't die it just evolved into prog metal Tool is a perfect example of a band with it's roots in the musicianship of Prog Rock
 
2012-08-14 09:17:39 AM  

NuttierThanEver: It died under the weight of its own bombast.


Yep. Good stuff, but when the capes come out, things get eye-rolly.
 
2012-08-14 09:18:36 AM  
Fave Prog Rock album. Ever.

www.progarchives.com
 
2012-08-14 09:20:18 AM  

ZAZ: I recommend Iain Banks' novel Espedair Street, in part a fictional look at the 1970s prog scene.


I see it's available for the Kindle. Excellent. Sounds like it'd be a good read.
 
2012-08-14 09:25:33 AM  
Yeah, prog is dead. That would explain why Rush is still filling arenas worldwide, and released a concept album recently to near universal critical acclaim.

Truly a dead genre.
 
Skr
2012-08-14 09:26:54 AM  
Meh I still like enough of the Progressive Rock acts. You can dissect the makings of multiple songs from a single track and the oddities seemed pretty decent for taking the mind in alternate directions.

Things like Gentle Giant I'll always be able to go back to. Floyd too, though they skittered around prog and other genres.



NuttierThanEver:
You want to know what happened to prog rock? It didn't die it just evolved into prog metal Tool is a perfect example of a band with it's roots in the musicianship of Prog Rock


I might get shot for saying this, but I was comparing Rush and TOOL side by side one day and found that they can be frighteningly alike in structure and methodology.
 
2012-08-14 09:27:21 AM  
cache.gawker.com
PROGRESSIVE ROCK IS WHERE SCIENCE COMES FROM


/beware of Floyd holes
 
kab
2012-08-14 09:28:50 AM  
Article written (as usual) by someone only slightly less clueless than the hipster metal dipshiat we endured a few days ago.
 
2012-08-14 09:30:57 AM  
Apparently it's a mortal sin to insult Rush on Fark but, I like some prog rock. Some.....like Tool. For the most part it's way too technical for a large portion of people to enjoy. That is why punk became popular, anyone could do it.

Future of rock and roll? Please, it's produced some talented musicians but it will always be on the fringe.
 
2012-08-14 09:33:55 AM  
A joke? Watch the strip club scene from Buffalo '66 and tell me that "Heart of the Sunrise" isn't the coolest strip club murder fantasy music ever.

(I will leave it up to you to decide if "strip club" or "murder" is a clue as to whether or not to watch it at work.)
 
2012-08-14 09:34:42 AM  
rush sucks, i said it, and i'm canadian

geddy lee looks like a singing witch
 
2012-08-14 09:35:04 AM  

SilentStrider: Yeah, prog is dead. That would explain why Rush is still filling arenas worldwide, and released a concept album recently to near universal critical acclaim.

Truly a dead genre.


Exception that proves the rule.

My bluegrass band did a cover of "Beyond and Before" by Yes. One day we were playing to a fairly young audience of mostly college/grad students. They loved us, but when I went to introduce the song and asked if anyone had ever heard of Yes, it went like this:

Me: "OK, we're going to break from the traditional stuff a bit. Anyone ever heard of a band called 'Yes'"?

Audience: *crickets*

Me: "Uh... prog rock band from the 70s. Anyone know what prog rock is?"

Audience: *crickets* *confused stares*

Me: "Okaaayyy... well, this is from a band you've never heard of, who are representative of a style you've never heard of, and this is one of their more obscure songs. One two three four...."
 
2012-08-14 09:35:15 AM  
Prog, like all music genres, is not dead by any means. It has found it's audience and as mentioned in the article still packs medium to large venues. Good music is good music and no matter what you like you will be able to find someone out there making what you like. Thank you internet for helping me find all of the 'lost' prog.
 
2012-08-14 09:39:09 AM  

gilgigamesh: SilentStrider: Yeah, prog is dead. That would explain why Rush is still filling arenas worldwide, and released a concept album recently to near universal critical acclaim.

Truly a dead genre.

Exception that proves the rule.

My bluegrass band did a cover of "Beyond and Before" by Yes. One day we were playing to a fairly young audience of mostly college/grad students. They loved us, but when I went to introduce the song and asked if anyone had ever heard of Yes, it went like this:

Me: "OK, we're going to break from the traditional stuff a bit. Anyone ever heard of a band called 'Yes'"?

Audience: *crickets*

Me: "Uh... prog rock band from the 70s. Anyone know what prog rock is?"

Audience: *crickets* *confused stares*

Me: "Okaaayyy... well, this is from a band you've never heard of, who are representative of a style you've never heard of, and this is one of their more obscure songs. One two three four...."


Someone in the audience could have at least tried to start up a Slappy Squirrel and Skippy "Who?" "Yes." "The Band!" thing.

Damn kids today.
 
2012-08-14 09:39:12 AM  
prog is alive and well and doing just fine outside the mainstream.
 
2012-08-14 09:42:34 AM  
Listening to "Thick as a Brick" as I type this. I go through stages of liking it and stages of thinking it's too much. War and Peace may be a great novel, but that doesn't mean I only want to read big heavy novels all the time. Prog rock has always taken itself too seriously and that, more than anything, was probably its downfall. Most people just want to hear catchy dance tunes.

/God is an overwhelming responsibility.
 
2012-08-14 09:43:00 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Someone in the audience could have at least tried to start up a Slappy Squirrel and Skippy "Who?" "Yes." "The Band!" thing.

Damn kids today.


I doubt they've heard of the Who either.
 
2012-08-14 09:48:29 AM  

SilentStrider: Yeah, prog is dead. That would explain why Rush is still filling arenas worldwide, and released a concept album recently to near universal critical acclaim.


Rush remains the best way to pick up fat chicks since ham on a fishing pole.

Tat'dGreaser: I like some prog rock. Some.....like Tool. For the most part it's way too technical for a large portion of people to enjoy. That is why punk became popular, anyone could do it.


Prog has always been better as an influence than the goal.
 
2012-08-14 09:49:12 AM  
Listen to Between the Buried and Me's album Colors. Then try to tell me prog is dead.
 
2012-08-14 09:49:51 AM  

NuttierThanEver: It died under the weight of it's own bombast.

You want to know what happened to prog rock? It didn't die it just evolved into prog metal Tool is a perfect example of a band with it's roots in the musicianship of Prog Rock


As my composition professor said, "music doesn't progress; it evolves."

Prog is alive and well; it just doesn't exist in the spotlight like it did briefly in the 70s when it was "new" and it took time to get into the culture (unlike, say, dubstep which became annoying five minutes after it blew up and everyone knew what it was), and its tropes aren't what they once were, but prog lives on.
 
2012-08-14 09:49:56 AM  
Articles where a type of music is declared dead are ALWAYS RIGHT.
 
2012-08-14 09:50:03 AM  
Like all other genres prog can be hit or miss with me. What I like, I like a lot. What I don't like, I don't like a lot. As a whole it isn't a genre I can sink into daily, but that's most genres. I will posit that as we near the ten year anniversary of one of my favorite albums, QotSA-Songs for the Death (Aug 27) that it had some prog rock aspects to it. At least in creating a complete overall feel to the album and pulling it together with DJ chatter and intertwining of music.
 
2012-08-14 09:53:54 AM  
Porcupine Tree?
 
2012-08-14 09:57:28 AM  
Pics like this didn't help

carlbegai.com

/great album
 
2012-08-14 09:57:38 AM  

SilentStrider: Yeah, prog is dead. That would explain why Rush is still filling arenas worldwide, and released a concept album recently to near universal critical acclaim.

Truly a dead genre.


You know any other prog rock bands enjoying that current success?

Anyway, that article writer sounded fat. And bitter. A bitter fat.
 
2012-08-14 09:58:07 AM  
I read the article and still can't decide whether to keep or sell my Van Der Graaf Generator album collection. Is it cool to own so much of this stuff?
 
2012-08-14 09:58:43 AM  
Squackett?
 
2012-08-14 10:01:01 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Someone in the audience could have at least tried to start up a Slappy Squirrel and Skippy "Who?" "Yes." "The Band!" thing.


You get favorited for that reference. "No, The Band isn't playing Woodstock!"
 
2012-08-14 10:03:56 AM  

Orgasmatron138: Articles where a type of music is declared dead are ALWAYS RIGHT.


Yes, I'm sure it will continue to attract legions of fans in the same way Ska, Big Band and Swing remain popular today. Face it, one day in the future middle school band kids will be tooting out a few lines of Aquatarkus in "A Salute to Progressive Rock" while their bored parents and grandparents listen politely. The percussionists may have a little trouble keeping the beat, though.
 
2012-08-14 10:04:05 AM  
I used to date a stripper named Emerson.

/Also, Yes: "South Side of the Sky"
 
2012-08-14 10:04:50 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-14 10:07:16 AM  
Prog isn't dead, it just evolves...

sputnikmusic.com
 
2012-08-14 10:08:20 AM  

MilesTeg: Pics like this didn't help

[carlbegai.com image 287x300]

/great album


You're damn right it is...

(Mindcrime was better IMHO)
 
2012-08-14 10:09:02 AM  
I love prog. Dream theater up to six degrees of inner turbulence is great. just about everything steven willson does is great. when it's done well there is nothing i enjoy more. (although im not a huge fan of rush. geddy lee looks like a california condor)

shameless plug: my band Blueshift (we're somewhere between rock and prog rock) Link

also the venture brothers episode mentioned a few times here already is amazing.
 
2012-08-14 10:09:34 AM  

NuttierThanEver: It died under the weight of it's own bombast.


Either that or extra apostrophes.
 
2012-08-14 10:11:07 AM  
farm1.static.flickr.com

/would like a word
 
2012-08-14 10:11:39 AM  

TexanBoy: Listen to Between the Buried and Me's album Colors. Then try to tell me prog is dead.


The fact that I've never heard of them leads me to believe it is.
 
2012-08-14 10:16:19 AM  

Fark Me with a Chainsaw: Prog isn't dead, it just evolves...

[sputnikmusic.com image 475x366]


Yup. Check this out when you have a couple of hours to spare:
www.progarchives.com
Motorpsycho, The Death Defying Unicorn
Link
 
2012-08-14 10:16:33 AM  

Skr: Things like Gentle Giant I'll always be able to go back to.


I thought I knew a decent amount of prog, but I hadn't heard of Gentle Giant until the Sherman Helmsley threads a couple weeks ago. Stupid me. That's good stuff, and they managed to keep some humor about themselves.
 
2012-08-14 10:21:03 AM  
I liked Rush before they were cool.
 
2012-08-14 10:22:03 AM  

BadJazz: I liked Rush before they were cool.


Rush was never cool
 
2012-08-14 10:22:13 AM  

theorellior: Skr: Things like Gentle Giant I'll always be able to go back to.

I thought I knew a decent amount of prog, but I hadn't heard of Gentle Giant until the Sherman Helmsley threads a couple weeks ago. Stupid me. That's good stuff, and they managed to keep some humor about themselves.


The last time you watched a Jeffersons re-run, I'll bet you weren't thinking, "Now I'd bet there's a guy who knows his obscure progressive rock."
 
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