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Poll Question: Who is your favourite progressive pop/jazz/rock act
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    Posted: February 08 2018 at 16:27
Two bands from US like their similar minded art rock/pop, progressive pop pioneering acts of UK (10CC, ELO, Supertramp, Roxy Music and Queen) managed to movie between pop, theatre, satire, glam, jazz, humor and pop culture like nobodys buisness. With influence of Beat poet generation, science-fition, fassion, art school, and liberation within the format of rock. Which of these unikeUS acts do you like the mostly
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Steely Dan - on a different level.
"...and the man in the mirror has sad eyes."
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote YESESIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2018 at 16:33
Can't vote yet because I know nothing of this 'Sparks' deal, but to me Steely Dan is great to say the very least. I've said it before on here but I'd put the first 7 Dan albums up against the first 7 from ANY music artist and like my chances. If Sparks is like them at all then I'm a fan already. 
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Oh, I tried the Mael brothers - some early gig where Ron (?) is at an RMI Electra-Piano and the singer was *really* OTT, operatic even. Didnít like it - AT ALL !!   And, at least in a recent interview with them, they look kinda Ďscaryí to me. I remember a song from when I was about 8 years old, with a ventriloquist dummy singing ??
Never got into SD, but I donít mind their songs when I hear them.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2018 at 16:58
Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Oh, I tried the Mael brothers - some early gig where Ron (?) is at an RMI Electra-Piano and the singer was *really* OTT, operatic even. Didnít like it - AT ALL !!   And, at least in a recent interview with them, they look kinda Ďscaryí to me. I remember a song from when I was about 8 years old, with a ventriloquist dummy singing ??
Never got into SD, but I donít mind their songs when I hear them.
I Would recomend Steely Dans debute, more raw, genuine and rock. Some realy amazing preformances and they play as a unit.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote YESESIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2018 at 17:01
Originally posted by Icarium Icarium wrote:

Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Oh, I tried the Mael brothers - some early gig where Ron (?) is at an RMI Electra-Piano and the singer was *really* OTT, operatic even. Didnít like it - AT ALL !!   And, at least in a recent interview with them, they look kinda Ďscaryí to me. I remember a song from when I was about 8 years old, with a ventriloquist dummy singing ??
Never got into SD, but I donít mind their songs when I hear them.
I Would recomend Steely Dans debute, more raw, genuine and rock. Some realy amazing preformances and they play as a unit.

Or Katy Lied maybe for someone who hasn't heard one of their full albums before. It's pretty accessible imo. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2018 at 17:07
Iíve often looked over their albums, and Katy Lied always looked interesting (with the Katy Did ha ha) on the cover.
I will try in good time. Thereís just so much stuff Iím hung-up on, itís a bit hard to get around to everything.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote YESESIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2018 at 17:14
Here's a track from it that might make you think of one of our members here lol.



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Thanks !! Itís pretty Ďsmoothí, not my idea of Prog. Dodgy subject matter.
Better than any Sparks Iíve heard. Their androgynous image is rather unsettling to me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2018 at 17:31
There are a handfull of Sparks songs that I really like (including most of their 2017 album) and quite a few that I really don't like. Whatever I heard of Steely Dan was nice but didn't move me much, so more feelings (though not all positive) and therefore the vote for Sparks.
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Neither.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Frenetic Zetetic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2018 at 18:17
Steely Dan.
The bluebells are ringing for Sweetmeal Sam, real ham,
handing out bread and jam just like any picnic...
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Originally posted by YESESIS YESESIS wrote:

Can't vote yet because I know nothing of this 'Sparks' deal, but to me Steely Dan is great to say the very least. I've said it before on here but I'd put the first 7 Dan albums up against the first 7 from ANY music artist and like my chances. If Sparks is like them at all then I'm a fan already. 

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Based on the 70's...Steely Dan hands down

  Since 2000, Sparks by a long shot
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Steely Dan
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote YESESIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2018 at 20:18
Oh ok, very 80's. And I recognize a member of the Go-Go's with them here as well.

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So easy, Steely Dan is pure genius. Aja is easily a top 10 record of all time for me. Too bad for Sparks, they're pretty cool.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2018 at 21:22
Originally posted by Squonk19 Squonk19 wrote:

Steely Dan - on a different level.
Well said.
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easily Steely Dan---an important band---Aja a great record----they went to an very good arty private school upstate near me---and made some good smart songs
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Definitely Sparks, I have found Steely Dan really boring.
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