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    Posted: December 24 2010 at 17:44
I'm certain that David Bowie isn't here for nothing but I never heard something from him that was close to prog. If you can show me it'll be appreciated.
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As a Prog Related artist, I think he has a fair amount of material with a prog (music in prog categories such as Krautrock) relation (and I could see him in Crossover for the Berlin trilogy).

From Low:



From "Heroes":








Edited by Logan - December 24 2010 at 18:06
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An artist added that makes no sense?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 24 2010 at 18:21
Originally posted by JJLehto

An artist added that makes no sense?

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Agreed, they all have some kind of sense behind them whether people agree or not, or understand the reasons behind the additions. Too often people have called additions nonsense without being familiar enough with the artist's music or without understanding the artist's relation to music/ categories in PA (or not being familiar enough with the music scenes/ idioms that one finds a relation to).

Just cause I like this track, by the way:




Edited by Logan - December 24 2010 at 18:25
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 24 2010 at 18:36
 
 
 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote TODDLER Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 27 2010 at 18:22

In his early material you can plainly hear the influence of Syd Barrett. He falls into the old and unique proggy singer songwriter a few years after Syd became a hermit or during that time. Space Oddity has that oddball English prog style which derived from that era. During the Berlin period when he worked with Fripp and Eno the music was perhaps more intense. The mystery for me is the un-released Glastonbury Fayre performance where he showed to the stage with an acoustic guitar. Supposedly he performed early versions of bizzare songs that later became classics but, more in a folk style.

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Like Roxy Music, Gabriel & Hammill, Bowie used to be Art Rock, didn't he?

African Night Flight
from Lodger (a truly underrappreciated album) reminds me of The Residents. A far out nursery rhyme:


Over the bushland over the trees
Wise like Orangutang that was me


Red Sails. Kraut/Motorik (as in Neu!) + new wave:



The hinterland, the hinterland

Were going to sail to the hinterland
It is far far far far far far away far far far da da da




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Post Options Post Options   Quote ProgressiveAttic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 10:03
not prog (although the lyrics would be perfect for a prog song ).... but for some reason I find this extremely amusing :

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It really sounds a bit like the Residents! But more german.
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Originally posted by ProgressiveAttic

not prog (although the lyrics would be perfect for a prog song ).... but for some reason I find this extremely amusing :


I was trying to find the real video to post. never found it so didn't bother.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 10:54
Originally posted by Snow Dog

Originally posted by ProgressiveAttic

not prog (although the lyrics would be perfect for a prog song ).... but for some reason I find this extremely amusing :


I was trying to find the real video to post. never found it so didn't bother.

I don't understand - why did he put him on a train to Eastbourne?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 11:04
Originally posted by chopper

Originally posted by Snow Dog

Originally posted by ProgressiveAttic

not prog (although the lyrics would be perfect for a prog song ).... but for some reason I find this extremely amusing :


I was trying to find the real video to post. never found it so didn't bother.

I don't understand - why did he put him on a train to Eastbourne?
To paraphrase Eddie Izzard¹, because that's where people go to die, and then they move to Bexhill
 
 
 
 
 
 
¹ paraphrased because I'm too lazy to look up the exact quote.


Edited by Dean - December 30 2010 at 11:14


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Listen to A Small Plot of Land from the album 1.Outside
'The incense burned away and the stench began to rise' (Pete Townshend)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Truth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 17:48

Most of his Berlin-period work was prog if not all of it.

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Edited by progvortex - January 03 2011 at 00:01
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Originally posted by The_Jester

I'm certain that David Bowie isn't here for nothing but I never heard something from him that was close to prog. If you can show me it'll be appreciated.
 
 
 
 
I'd have to gree that it's not really obvious why the glam icon  Bowie sits in prog-related at all when looking at its 7's material (except for maybe Space Oddity - the song)...... One of the main arguments was that Bowie's more progressive stuff was in his late 80's and early 90's albums (of which, outside a song here and there,  I don't know much, I must admit) that were indeed a tad more experimental than his glam days.... and I believe that's the argument that clinched it  for his inclusion.... but I never cared to find out about those albums.
 
Actually Bowie was quite a tough sell to many of us (yours truly included) and it took many months (probably over a year) to get him included by those who lobbied it.
Bowie's inclusion  later altered the general outlook of prog-related and opened the door (dare I say floodgates) for many other ever-so-slightly-prog artistes to be included
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More space rock but here's one I always liked...

You must be joking.....Take a running jump......
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Post Options Post Options   Quote paganinio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 23 2011 at 06:08
I think his 1977 album Low had some subtle influence to Pink Floyd's Animals. The ambient/Krautrock-esque proto-industrial soundscape can be experienced in both.
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