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    Posted: August 19 2016 at 06:09
In my opinion it can take more skill as a musician and a songwriter to pen something that appeals quite broadly to people but at the same time is quite complex and/or quirky and unusual, than to write something very complex and 'clever' but broadly unlistenable to most ears

It's often the case that a piece of music has broad appeal and shifts lots of units because it's built on a tried and tested formula proved to work in the past.

Obvious examples that combine complete originality, imagination, musicality, progginess, quirkiness with 'listenability' (is that a word?)..could be

Dreamer - Supertramp
The logical song - Supertramp
Hocus Pocus - Focus
I know what I like - Genesis
Joybringer - Manfred Manns Earth band


Any others spring to mind??
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^Those were all singles. You're looking for examples of prog singles specifically?
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So what about ELP's quirky pieces ??
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Originally posted by zravkapt zravkapt wrote:

^Those were all singles. You're looking for examples of prog singles specifically?


They are all singles, but no, they don't have to be. Whatever springs to mind..

I could add Down & Out and Dance on a Volcano by Genesis. Not singles (IIRC) odd time signatures and pretty quirky but catchy and commercial nontheless.
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King Crimson had their moments..

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Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
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Sparks - This town aint big enough....
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A lot of art rock bands would fit, something like Steely Dan or 10cc.
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In The Land of Grey and Pink comes to mind, especially Golf Girl and the title track. 
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Frank Zappa's "Peaches en Regalia"



Henry Cow/ Slapp Happy's "War" has been accessible enough for me to hear on classic rock radio.



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Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (singles in 5/4 are by definition "quirky")
Peter Gabriel - Excuse Me (any song starting off with a barbershop quartet is odd)
The Decemberists - The Shankhill Butchers (a nice campfire children's song about murderers with cleavers) 
Donovan - The Jabberwocky (proggy in a folk way, particularly the strings and subject matter)
Rejoyce - Jefferson Airplane (any approximation of James Joyce that is proto-prog)
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Hocus Pocus, which you already mentioned, was the first thing to come to my mind. But the mention of Bohemian Rhapsody would seem to be spot on. I might also add Roundabout, though.
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Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

Hocus Pocus, which you already mentioned, was the first thing to come to my mind. But the mention of Bohemian Rhapsody would seem to be spot on. I might also add Roundabout, though.


I agree about Roundabout.

Yes had a few IMO. Leave It from 90125 is very commercial sounding but rhythmically it's all over the place.
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I'm going to throw in Renaissance's "Northern Lights". Commercial enough to chart but still undeniably by a prog band (listen to the bass line).
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^^^ Good choice. Lovely song too.
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