Progressive rock– the arty, pompous and always a tad snobby weird cousin of rock music. Those who like him will affectionately refer to him as a bit eccentric and an acquired taste. Those who don’t like him will call him an overblown pompous ass wallowing in mindless self reflection that is all too full of codswallop*.
*pick your favorite word here to describe senseless drivel – I always liked this one
But I digress and getting back to the music-
Both are correct descriptions.
Bands like Rush, early Genesis, and Yes- I do not like and will use the bad definition to explain why.
Bands like Pink Floyd, Supertramp and solo Peter Gabriel I like and will refer to the good definition.
Many fans will be the opposite or simply hate all of these groups for being way too much over the artsy ledge.
I am cool with that
But the winter games are still going on at the Cave and we need some medal winners
Before I get all my 8 or 9 readers to band together and tell me this not prog….Here is the test.
Is it artsy? Check
Is it self-important drivel and over the top in a way that angers some music fans? Check
Would you have thrown this band in with all the other progressive bands if it came out thirty years ago?
And I love this song and it is my website-Just a regular guy in a regular virtual cave-so there and let’s go to silver.
Frank Zappa.Watermelon in Easter Hay.
Frank was a talented and thoughtful musician known for a too grotesque sense of humor. He would be a mega star today. It was nothing more outrageous than Eminem.
And the dude could play guitar.
If you got a chance to see him live then you got a chance to see something like the massive migrations of buffalo across the Great Plains before they were all gone. You got to witness something special that was normal for the time but fading fast. You got to be part of history.
I now feel like I am history! (that is good, right?)
Pink Floyd.Shine On You Crazy Diamond
I could write a book on what this song means to me. (maybe someday)
My favorite Pink Floyd song from my favorite Floyd record-Wish You Were Here.
This is the ultimate bromance ditty-One guy writing a song about a friend that has lost his mind but will never be considered lost. It is song of hope and a song about love and respect. Friendship is a deep and mysterious thing that this song is not afraid to expose to the light. Madness is another dark depth that few pieces of music will dare to set sail for. Just for those two reasons this song is beautiful and this version is unforgettable.
Next I will go for the “Classics” and Cheers from the Cave!