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    Posted: December 23 2007 at 00:27
Hi all, what a great site - I've been a prog-lover for over a decade and a web nut for almost a year and the two interests are now wonderfully engaged to be married.

One thing I am unsure of before I can consider full consummation: the lack of Mansun in the Archives.

If any prog fan listens to Six, Shotgun, Cancer or the extended Being A Girl then they must surely feel they are hearing alternative epic prog rock Wink

These are all from 'Six', Mansun's second album.  Their debut 'Attack of the Grey Lantern' also has its progressive moments, tho' mainly in its first two songs...still, the album is meant to be a 'concept album', something about a hero called Ed, shaped like an egg, and in love with a guy from Liverpool who doesn't pay his taxes.

The third and last Mansun album 'Little Kix' was not prog at all and was thus nice but dull.

So I guess the question is: do Mansun deserve admission to the Archives on the strength of only a handful of songs?

(and what songs!) Clap

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 23 2007 at 06:52
I wish the Search function allowed us to search the Forum in full, because there have been some interesting comments and thoughts made about Mansun.
I think Mansun and Paul Draper made some of the best eclectic alternative/Indie music of the late 90s, often surpassing Radiohead (who greatly admired them). They were undoubtably influenced by Prog and pull their influences from similar source material yet didn't fully resolve those influences: AotGL is a superbly vague concept that hints at greater things to come but stays within the confines of Pop; Six (which is a remarkable album) is a very experimental album, yet is not an entirely progressive in the accepted sense. I think they are Prog within the limitations of 1990s Indie - whether that is enough for inclusion in PA is something worth discussing.
Without question, Mansun were at the forefront of a movement that leads directly from Radiohead to Muse to the new Alternative/Progressive bands that are now emerging, (some of whom are being added to the PA).
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