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February 06, 2007

Wizards 1, Progression 0

Jem Godfrey (teenage prog supremo, turned multi-million selling pop producer, turned prog supremo, turned oh-fuck-the-lot-of-you-then), whose project "Frost*" I saw as a huge force for good in the world 'progressive rock' (admittedly a world I visit very rarely and gingerly these days) explains why he's given up trying to become the future of prog.

If you look at mainstream rock music, that is actually what's become "progressive" rock. Think of how it's evolved even in the last 20 years, never mind from Buddy Holly to The Beatles. From bands like The Police, to U2, to Nirvana, to Nine Inch Nails, to Foo Fighters, to Radiohead, to Muse etc... Every couple of years something new happens to it that pushes it on and makes it evolve still further. And it's just getting better and better.

Meanwhile, prog is singing twee little operettas to itself about a wizard who has to descend to a deadly platform of death in the underworld. Armed only with the mighty crystals of the mystic woman of Orcnoc-laa, he confronts the Gorgon of justice etc etc....Yawn.

On the upside, there's a great new album in my collection, and a witty new blog to read.

Posted by Tom Dolan at February 6, 2007 09:41 PM


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