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    Posted: March 09 2018 at 04:16

Hi Everyone

Iím very new to the Prog scene, but Iíve not felt this energised by music for some time.  Iíve started on the journey and Iím enjoying every minute.

I grew up around the punk/new wave scene (Iím 54), my first gig was the Buzzcocks when I was 14 at the local music venue (no longer there).  I then really got into The Jam and the mod scene, I am still a bit of a mod really.

Being into music Iíd obviously heard of a lot of the prog music on the telly, radio and friends, but Iíll be honest it just washed over my head, my ears were just not tuned in. 

That all changed two summers ago when I got the chance to see King Crimson in Berlin.  A relative of mine is friends with Jakko Jakszyk whom I met after the concert and is a really nice generous chap.  I spent the concert sat next Budgie from Siouxsie and the Banshees fame, who was really friendly too.  KC were amazing and thatís when the world of prog opened up to me.

I got the top 100 prog album list from this website and another one from Discogs and Iím slowing working through those albums and building my prog collection.  Actually managed to see Caravan in concert at the end of last year and they were great.

Loving King Crimson, Yes, Genesis (early), Jethro Tull, Camel, Wishbone Ash, Van Der Graaf, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd etc.  Two years ago I would have just turned my nose up at these bands Ė what a fool! Iíve now seen the light.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2018 at 04:29
Wow, quite a journey, that's unusual.   If anyone will convert someone it's Crimson, especially the modern incarnation and especially live... like the Grateful Dead of prog.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2018 at 06:26
^^  Hi londonwelsh and welcome to the forum!

There's so much to explore that your journey could last many years...and that's a good thing!

Given your background in punk and new wave, eventually you should get around to hearing some bands that combined prog and punk elements...and I would start with Cardiacs. You might hate them, or they might just change your life. If you do hate them, it's worth giving them another try every couple of years, 'cos your head might have changed.




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2018 at 07:13
Hi, Welcome to the show that never ends ...
(Have fun - and contribute with your knowledge for us all to share)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 13 2018 at 03:27
Thanks for the recommendation Mascodagama, much appreciated.
I will certainly check them out and let you know what I think.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 13 2018 at 04:11
Welcome! To me prog was earlier than punk, but anyway few years after I found prog, punk become very important to me and still is as important as prog, specially post punk/new wave bands like Joy Division, Bauhaus, Siuoxsie, the Cure, Pere Ubu, the Pop Group, the Raincoats etc.

Donīt know are you already familiar with Minutemen & Nomeansno, but I think theyīre ones that mix very great way punk & prog/jazz-elements!

Also, you seem to have a great taste in prog (IMO), Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes, Caravan, Can are my big faves too!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 12 2018 at 09:31
Good shout Mascodagama - enjoying the Cardiacs!  Great band:0) Thanks
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 12 2018 at 10:15
Welcome! It's funny, I've been into Prog for a few years now but I've been slowly getting into the New Wave genre :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 12 2018 at 13:52
Originally posted by londonwelsh londonwelsh wrote:


Good shout Mascodagama - enjoying the Cardiacs!† Great band:0) Thanks


Hey Johno - glad you like 'em! Once you've let them into your ears they'll find a place in your heart.
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