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Poll Question: Who is your favourite progressive pop/jazz/rock act
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hellogoodbye Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 00:50
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Not heard Sparks before the video posted earlier. Not exactly how I'd consider it along with 10CC, Dan and all but there we go.

Donald Fagen's ear for a jazz melody (Any Major Dude) and their laid back but killer grooves (The Fez) and the lyrical matter, murder, drug dealers all sorts of interesting stuff makes any contender against Steely Dan require some serious chops.

Guess where my vote goes...


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cristi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 03:10
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mascodagama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 03:10
I feel bad for Sparks as they have some really excellent stuff and they are getting killed here.

Then again, they are going up against one of the greatest musical and lyrical teams of all time, Messrs. Becker and Fagen. A total mismatch.

SD, of course.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mortte Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 03:30
Originally posted by uduwudu uduwudu wrote:

Not heard Sparks before the video posted earlier. Not exactly how I'd consider it along with 10CC, Dan and all but there we go.

Donald Fagen's ear for a jazz melody (Any Major Dude) and their laid back but killer grooves (The Fez) and the lyrical matter, murder, drug dealers all sorts of interesting stuff makes any contender against Steely Dan require some serious chops.

Guess where my vote goes...
Well, I donīt think that vid really represents Spark, not at least wholly. Hereīs for example a song some proglovers might find great:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6siE-Vt1uI

Hereīs also great ending piece from same album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLAaAjEPIwA

I think this is the most know Sparks-piece:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAzESJ62irI
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I love Sparks but have to go with Steely Dan here.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rogerthat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 03:35
Ok, since there is an option for Both, will go with that. Why choose one over the other?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hercules Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 03:44
Both are excellent bands, but Ron Mael's stage stare, comic mime routines and Chaplinesque (or possibly Hitler piss-take, since he's of Jewish ancestry) moustache mean I'm going for Sparks. They're also very funny at times. I saw them live and you could certainly not describe them as boring.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mormegil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 06:09
Neither.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jeffro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 06:45
Steely Dan rules.
Even when I was really into heavier music back in the 80s, I loved Steely Dan. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 08:03
I predict that Steely Dan will win this poll. 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote digdug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 10:53
Steely Dan is amazing

wasn't a huge fan at first.... but they grew on me

need to check out Sparks

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cemego Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 12:59
I like sparks and steely dan, but i never thought I would see them compared.  They are so completely different stylistically I think this is an absurd poll.  I voted for both.  I think Steely Dan is more jazz where Sparks is like a new wave + prog cross over.  This is just my opinion, but you cant compare these two like this.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote maryes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 15:17
Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

Neither.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote YESESIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 16:07
These two songs occur back to back on the Pretzel Logic album, and for me have always made one of the best 'one-two punches' I know of by any band. For whoever's interested.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dr. Occulator Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 16:08
Seriously? Steely Dan lives on the highest plateau of recorded music with very few peers.
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^Dr.Occulator summed it up.....The Dan of course....but then I am a bit biased.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 16:36
I guess SD, but damn are they both a hard pass. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rednight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2018 at 17:14
Give me a choice and I'll tell you.


Edited by Rednight - February 09 2018 at 17:14
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote socrates17 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2018 at 08:56
Sparks is one of the great bands of all time.  They're one of the few who have maintained their quality from their first album to their most recent, a huge span of time.  Ron Mael is one of the very few songwriters of the rock era who is on a level with George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Vincent Youmans, Kurt Weill, Noël Coward, et al.  Most songwriters of modern times can't begin to compare (John Cale & Peter Blegvad are also exceptions to that rule) and that has something to do with my preference for prog & jazz, where there is usually something interesting going on with the instruments.  I've seen Sparks live multiple times, starting with their first lineup in 1971.  I've never seen Steely Dan, nor owned a Steely Dan album, but what I have heard seems so serious!  Do they have a sense of humor?  I don't like music which lacks a sense of humor, something that Sparks has in abundance.  Wit.  It's about wit.
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