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    Posted: December 05 2021 at 14:10
I just finished listening to a copy of Gowan's Strange Animal LP that I just bought and what an absolute pleasure. A perfect pristine copy beginning to end, but it got me thinking, he has all the elements of a prog band and album here but it clearly seems to be a pop album to me. And I'm fine with that, most of his others are in that same category, but there are other great examples as well. Yes' 90125, GTR, ASIA, Zon, Styx, Supertramp etc.

But what less obvious ones am I missing?

Who are the Top of the Pop-gressive bands and what albums straddle the line of Pop/Prog ?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jared Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2021 at 15:03
When anyone says Pop-Prog, I always thing of A.C.T their first three albums are absolute killers in this regard.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2021 at 15:37
Two of my pop-gressive favourites:
Nik Kershaw. The video version actually starts like a piece of avantgarde-electronic. Big smile
Everything Everything

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote EduTatsumi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2021 at 16:03
Tears for Fears would be another example of Progressive Pop?
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XTC
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Grumpyprogfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2021 at 17:42
Izz, Genesis (80's), and Utopia.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2021 at 19:58
Some other standard bearers...

Saga
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Thomas Dolby
Buggles
ELO
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote enigmatic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2021 at 20:00
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

XTC

I am shocked to see Nogbad_The_Bad posting in pop progressive thread.
Ian - I thought you are more of a RIO/Avant-prog enthusiast. XTC is pretty good choice. I watched recently Thyme's Jones interview. He mentioned that "The Why Album", Cheer-Accident pop prog album was influenced by XTC.
What else? Some of 10cc and Supertramp songs are both: pop-y and prog-y at the same time. How about early Talk Talk? My all-time favorite pop progressive song is "Golden Brown" by the Stranglers. I always considered Renaissance and Curved Air (at least some of their albums) to be part of pop progressive subgenre.
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I am more RIO / Avant but I'm a fan of XTC, Supertramp, Talk Talk, Cardiacs.
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-Blackfield,
-White Moth Black Butterfly.
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It Bites
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2021 at 02:19
Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Two of my pop-gressive favourites:
Nik Kershaw. The video version actually starts like a piece of avantgarde-electronic. Big smile


Everything Everything



Everything Everything is a great example of contemporary prog pop. Love that song.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jared Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2021 at 03:15
I love the Nik Kershaw Video Still... everything about it screams 1985!! LOL

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TerLJack Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2021 at 06:57
Those first two Ambrosia albums are pretty yummy!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progishness Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2021 at 07:41
The Tourists - Luminous Basement (1980)

The third and final album of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart's pre-Eurythmics band has quite a few proggy moments - such a shame that it was somewhat overlooked.

Possibly the best proggy track...

This is actually a non-album b-side which is also quite interesting.





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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2021 at 10:37
Well known, but The Moody Blues, Alan Parsons, and David Bowie are all on that line.
The world of sound is certainly capable of infinite variety and, were our sense developed, of infinite extensions. -- George Santayana, "The Sense of Beauty"
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kenethlevine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2021 at 11:14
Anyone's Daughter's Neue Sterne is a great progressive pop album

Here is a live version of "Der Plan"



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote miamiscot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2021 at 13:40
XTC
Tears For Fears
Talk Talk
Talking Heads
Ultravox


All the above acts sound progressive to me!!!
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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

It Bites

Yep, pretty much..
It Bites and the making of Once Around The World | Louder


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progmind Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2021 at 20:27
love XTC too

another good prog pop band its the Blue Nile
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