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    Posted: March 26 2010 at 04:44
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Could somebody explain me popularity of this animal from topic in progressive music? I was reading some curiosities about Octupus and still I don't have solution of this mystery. 
My English is poor and I want to say to everybody "Sorry fo my mistakes"
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 06:36
I never noticed any unusual popularity of the octopus in prog, other than it's use as a title of one of Gentle Giant's best albums.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 06:41
There's also a track on VDGG's debut album that's called "Octopus", as well as The Beatles' "Octopus's Garden". 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 06:46
Gentle Giant's album is called Octopus because there's 8 tracks on the album Octo-Opus.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 06:55
There's Syd's too.

Maybe because it's an exotic, mysterious, cool-looking animal, like dragons etc. Besides, when you draw one or picture one, your mind or gaze fills with swirling, whirling, colourful, psychedlic curves..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 08:07
Originally posted by PabstRibbon

Gentle Giant's album is called Octopus because there's 8 tracks on the album Octo-Opus.


That never occured to me. Obvious really, I suppose..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 12:16
Because octopi are intelligent, flexible, and can noodle on eight different instruments at the same time, just like all our favorite Prog bands.  Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:05
can forget the Ozric Tentacles now , can we??????Swirly, Coily indeed!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:09
Originally posted by Progosopher

Because octopi are intelligent, flexible, and can noodle on eight different instruments at the same time, just like all our favorite Prog bands.  Big smile

Technically I'd say only 4 instruments, as most require two hands to play correctly. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:09
They are also very good to eat, though I don't know it is relevant at all to progLOL!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:11
Don't forget the post metal band 'Giant Squid'
and the amazing instrumental jazz-prog-metal band from Chile, called, yes ... 'Octopus'.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:12
And "Squid 1/Squid 2/Octopus" by VdGG
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:16

But to answer the actual question of the thread, I think a first reason is that Octopuses are very bombastic animals.
Really, who needs 8 legs?
That's like, which band needs two drummers or 2 keyboard players or 3 guitar players?
A prog band obviously.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:17
the mighty Kraken invented by Norwegian sailers after long days  out on the seas back in the 1200 -1300 period http://ipreferboozehound.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/kraken9.jpg
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:21
Originally posted by aginor

the mighty Kraken invented by Norwegian sailers after long days  out on the seas back in the 1200 -1300 period http://ipreferboozehound.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/kraken9.jpg


I don't think the Kraken was really 'invented', as legends about many-armed sea monsters are to be found in other traditions as well (including Greek mythology). However, you're right about the name, which is definitely of Norse origin.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:29
yes i have heard about the legend of Scylla and Charybdis, both quite sad if I remember correctly, both curced for enternaty and also the the demon/titan Typhon is sad to have octopus legs as one of he's boddy parts,

and in little Mermaid the evil See Witch Ursula is quite frightening espessially after here two eels gets fried by Ariel (ive seen to much on Disney's Little Mermaid)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:35
Frankly, I don't see much occurences of the octopus/squid/nautilus in prog. Wouldn't horses or eagles be more often mentionned?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 14:36
Originally posted by aginor

yes i have heard about the legend of Scylla and Charybdis, both quite sad if I remember correctly, both curced for enternaty and also the the demon/titan Typhon is sad to have octopus legs as one of he's boddy parts,

and in little Mermaid the evil See Witch Ursula is quite frightening espessially after here two eels gets fried by Ariel (ive seen to much on Disney's Little Mermaid)
 
The original rock and a hard place Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 15:05
^ what !!! Stern Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2010 at 15:12
Originally posted by Raff

They are also very good to eat, though I don't know it is relevant at all to progLOL!


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