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PostSubject: A Prog Question   Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:46 pm

This is probably the best audience to pose the question to Smile


Welcome the the Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Prog or not?

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PostSubject: Re: A Prog Question   Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:55 pm

not prog
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PostSubject: Re: A Prog Question   Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:49 pm

It was a double studio album with songs linked by recurring themes, it had one track in excess of 12 minutes long, spoken-word passages, orchestral passages, and guest appearances by three members of YES!

Say the above sentence to somebody without revealing the name of the band or the album and ask them to guess which genre it belongs to scratch

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PostSubject: Re: A Prog Question   Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:02 am

IMO at that time Yes were not prog either.
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PostSubject: Re: A Prog Question   Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:04 am

And with the exception of Yes members, that could describe many soundtracks to films. And the sound of music wasn't prog Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: A Prog Question   Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:24 am

ColinCamel wrote:
IMO at that time Yes were not prog either.

Oh, come now - since when have Yes not fallen squarely into the prog category? Even 90125 was well and truly in the progressive rock category, despite all the sampling and shiny digital synth Smile. Generally speaking (present company excepted, Colin! Wink) the only people who tend to dismiss the Rabin-era Yes as "not prog" are the sort of prog fans who think that unless it's all Mellotrons and 10-minute-plus songs, it ain't prog. By that yardstick, practically nothing released since 1976 counts as prog... Laughing

As far as the Frankie Goes To Hollywood question is concerned... Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine certainly seemed to think it counted as prog (it was one of their "It's prog, Jim, But Not As We Know It" albums a while back). I don't know if I'd go quite that far, but if fixing the prog label to it gets some people who might otherwise not have given it a chance to listen to it and broaden their horizons a bit, then hey, I'm all for it Smile.
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PostSubject: Re: A Prog Question   Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:50 am

I really liked 90125, but as a pop rock, or maybe AOR album.
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PostSubject: Re: A Prog Question   Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:56 pm

I'd say Drama was prog though, which was also FGTH time. But having prog people doesn't make an album prog in itself. I rather like WTTPD - I keep trying to persuade myself I don't, but it keeps going back up my album list...
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