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    Posted: December 12 2020 at 19:05
Don't worry, I'm not trying to create a new subgenre here or suggest the induction of this band into PA. I just really enjoy Midnight Oil and realized their roots have their proggy moments? They are generally regarded as a surf band but their albums pre-"10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1" are different (in a good way). This would probably fall as a case similar to "Love Over Gold", but if I'm not wrong, I once read somewhere that they used to be a prog tribute band or something like that when they were named "Farm", but I'm not sure if this is actually true.

Anyway, check out this song from their self-titled debut, pretty interesting;

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2020 at 19:18
This Prog lounge is intended for general Prog discussions, and if talking about a band that is not in PA, then it should be in General Music Discussions, or if suggesting it then Suggest New Bands...

I guess a Prog surf topic could work in a Prog forum, but then it's better to focus on ones included in Prog categories.

This is the forum where the most misplaced topics go. People should read this:
http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=13082

If there is anywhere else to put it, chances are that's a better place. Moved.

You might find this Prog Surf topic to be of interest in the Prog Recommendations/Featured albums topic: http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=113956

As for Midnight Oil, I was a big fan and found that album quite proggy. While I wouldn't suggest Midnight Oil for Prog Related since that category operates in a certain way, but it does have music that falls into the prog related universe for me, and it is a band that appeals to many into Prog.
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Thanks for the advice, and so sorry for the inconvenience, I'll take more care from now on. Thumbs Up

Well, even when they left this proggy style strongly aside for a more hard rock sound, they still managed to create their own identity and that's probably what makes them so special (some claim they sound a bit punk but I disagree).

And again, about their debut, the closing track is just lovely, it's also the longest.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 13 2020 at 14:09
No problem in moving it. My explanation is a little long-winded; just been moving a lot of topics so it's meant for a general audience and happened to be done in this one.

Speaking of surf Prog, I've been thinking through a list of 1995 albums to make a poll on and was reminded of Mr. Bungle's Disco Volante which has some surf rock qualities (a very wacky mish-mash of styles).



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Doringo call their music prog surf. 😉


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 13 2020 at 15:25
Originally posted by Umeda Umeda wrote:

Don't worry, I'm not trying to create a new subgenre here or suggest the induction of this band into PA. I just really enjoy Midnight Oil and realized their roots have their proggy moments? They are generally regarded as a surf band but their albums pre-"10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1" are different (in a good way). This would probably fall as a case similar to "Love Over Gold", but if I'm not wrong, I once read somewhere that they used to be a prog tribute band or something like that when they were named "Farm", but I'm not sure if this is actually true.

Anyway, check out this song from their self-titled debut, pretty interesting;

Midnight Oil are major Yes fans and love prog. Check out "Bus To Bondi" on the Oils first album. Pure prog.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 13 2020 at 15:46
^ "Bus To Bondi" is a great song and could be placed in the Cardiacs sort of quirky post-punk vein.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 13 2020 at 16:18
There was a band in the early 2000's called the Mermen who fit this category.
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This just popped into my head:



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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

There was a band in the early 2000's called the Mermen who fit this category.

Great band. Mentioned in the link that Greg (Logan) posted. 


I should have put this one into the Interactive Poll #88 thread.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rednight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 15 2020 at 06:51
Portions of a few songs have that surf feel emulating the obvious, such as Firth of Fifth's "A waterfall, his madrigal, an inland sea, his mystery."
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 15 2020 at 10:26
Prog surf...and I think of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard...although Im not entirely sure Id call them a prog band...tadah!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote suitkees Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 15 2020 at 10:42
Strange that nobody came up with this homage to the Beach Boys yet :

Marillion - Cannibal Surf Babe:


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