Thursday, 1 November 2018

Progtastic



The new issue of Prog magazine includes an interview with me where I talk about my record collection, especially the prog-rock side of it. It was really fun to do. Thanks, Prog!

https://www.loudersound.com/prog

I was asked to pick ten significant records, and to keep it "purist" I confined myself to choices where I had the album on vinyl, even though, for instance, I might otherwise have included The Damned's Black Album.

These were my (not all strictly prog) choices:

 The London Philharmonic Orchestra: A Stereo Space Odyssey

Genesis: A Trick of the Tail

King Crimson: In the Court/Larks Tongues

Yes: Relayer

Hawklords: 25 Years On

Kate Bush; The Dreaming

B52s: Bouncing off the Satellites

Talking Heads: Little Creatures

Sound of Ceres: The Twin

War on Drugs: Lost in a Dream

A friend asked me why I hadn't mentioned The Fall. I felt that might have been pushing my luck just a bit...

13 comments:

  1. Interesting choice of B-52's album. Notwithstanding the poignancy surrounding its release, I always felt it was one of their weaker efforts, although closing track "She Brakes for Rainbows" is one their very finest songs. Every time I hear it, I can picture Ricky Wilson driving into a golden sunset somewhere near the Pacific...

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    1. It was the first one I owned on vinyl, so it's always been a favorite of mine. I do think it's a strong album, nonetheless.

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  2. I love "Trick of the Tail" by Genesis. An incredible album that introduced me to Genesis..

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  3. I find your choice of Little Creatures over Remain in Light... disturbing.

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  4. I do indeed prefer Remain in Light - but I haven't got it on vinyl. Not that it mattered in the end but at one point I was meant to have them all available to be included in the photo shoot.

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  5. "Relayer" - man, you're not fooling around.

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    1. I'm shown with my original vinyl copy of it, too.

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  6. Hmm... I would not classify The B52’s or The Talking Heads as prog. College radio bands turned alt pop, yes, but definitely not prog... at least in the USA. I also happen to have numbers 2, 3, and 4 on vinyl.

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    1. Re: Talking Heads, IMO you get a free prog pass if you've collaborated heavily with Robert Fripp. :)

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  7. It was a more a case of the mag knowing I liked a bit of prog within a broader musical taste, so they were happy to have non-prog stuff in it.

    Re: Talking Heads, other than Fripp being on Fear of Music, there's also Adrian Belew on Remain in Light. Personally I think it was more a case of the 80s incarnation of King Crimson sounding like Talking Heads, than the other way round. Belew's vocal phrasing is very Byrne-like on songs like Matte Kudasai, Frame by Frame etc.

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  8. Mildly surprised you'd didn't squeeze the Chameleons in. The vinyl thing again, maybe?

    Coincidentally got Mark Burgess's autobiography in London last week. I presume you've already read it but, if not, it's a very good rock biog with a couple of SF/horror twists thrown in!

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  9. I did actually include one of their albums when I was asked to do a selection for this feature a couple of years ago, but which then fell through. When I revisited, I ended up keeping about half the original choices but it was very touch to decide what to include and what not to. I haven't read the biog. I'm a bit wary of books about bands that have gone through a messy breakup (see eg The Blue Nile) as it can be a bit disheartening when you revisit the records!

    Best to the folks in Fife, by the way!

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    1. Interesting observation about revisiting the records of bands who've had acrimonious breakups. I've never found that it disheartens me to the point that listening to the records is difficult, but I think that may be because I’ve never followed a band closely and then witnessed that sort of breakup in real time. I’ve only discovered artists like The Chameleons and The Blue Nile in recent years, so I’ve always viewed them as bands whose discographies are complete. If a band like Radiohead or Wilco imploded, I think I’d end up approaching their music differently (and I'd certainly think twice before diving into a biography).

      Also, nice list of records! I've got to check out "A Stereo Space Odyssey".

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