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  • by ct (2477) on 2002.01.08 17:29 (#2889) Homepage Journal
    Funny, as I read this, my huge randomized playlist I stream from home offered up King Crimson's Vroom.

    My playlist runs the gamut of prog rock. Genesis, Pink Floyd, Marillion, King Crimson, I've got David Gilmour's solo albums in there, Peter Gabriel's solo work (Which isn't exactly prog). I also have some bands which I'd classify as neo-prog. Guys who grew up listening to 70's prog. Spock's Beard I highly recommend for the music, but if horrid lyrics make you ill, you may want to avoid. Echolyn was a post-prog band that really only had regional success in the northeast, but I like them alot. Flower Kings is great music with a lead singer who sounds like a goat with a chipmunk stuck in his throat.

    One of my current favorites is a british band called "Porcupine Tree". I don't know quite how to classify them. If you drew a musical line from Pink Floyd to, say, Radiohead, PT would live somewhere in the middle, taking forays in each direction. And if you like dark lyrics, you've come to the right place, with songs like "Stop Swimming" and "Hatesong".

    Now, as for Yes, there's things they have done that makes me want to just crank the volume up. But in large doses, Yes really begins to drain me.

    As for Rush, well... Let me make an analogy for you. I live in Cincinnati, and am a Cincinnati Bengals fan. I will always be a Bengals fan. This team had the worst record in the NFL in the 90's and hasn't had a season over 500 since 1990. And yet I keep going back. That's the way I am with Rush. They could release a CD full of Geddy Lee's bowel sounds, and I'd probably buy it. There's no rational reason, it's just the way I'm wired. I still think that Albums like Moving Pictures stand as relevant pieces of music today. But I also think that they haven't had a complete, coherent album, since, well, Moving Pictures. Take Test For Echo. On the same CD you have fantastic songs like "Driven" and "Half the World", but they share the disc with dreck like "Virtuality". For me, it's more of a pick and choose.

    • Yeah, some of the old Rush stuff isn't all that bad, at least musically. But lyrically I really don't feel like Peart has much to say. Its generally pretty cheesy. A lot of it is regurgitated Ayn Rand at best.

      Of course, there's some songs that I'd probably still like if I bothered to listened to them, like Time Stand Still on Hold Your Fire. But I don't really bother. Too much trouble to sort out the wheat from the chaff, I'm afraid.