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Originally posted by Negoba Negoba wrote:

Peter Gabriel solo, naturally.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DiamondDog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2011 at 10:46
A lot of these posts seem to be talking about pop chart success rather than just the genre as the question seemed to suggest. If anyone deserves the doubtful accolade of prog pop makes then it would be Clouds, who in a way had that very problem.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2011 at 19:49
Genesis first two Post Gabriel albums are really beautiful, and in many ways pop.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Horizons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2011 at 21:08
I don't see Trespass being pop. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ambient Hurricanes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 25 2011 at 20:55
Originally posted by Textbook Textbook wrote:

 For me it's Rush. Even in their most progressive years, there were always tracks like Something For Nothing, Closer To The Heart, Circumstances, Entre Nous, Freewill, Limelight etc around which managed to sound ready for the radio (though many of them weren't even singles) without being stupid or predictable. Perhaps because they were younger than a lot of their prog peers, they found the shift to pop rock and synths a lot more natural, and Peart's refusal to write dumb lyrics helped too.

I agree.  In my opinion, all of Rush's more pop-rock oriented 80's albums are worth four stars at least, if not five.  They were always songwriters at heart anyway, unlike other 70's prog greats who could well be classified as "composers" in the classical sense.  That's really where Rush separated themselves from most of the other 70's prog bands; they were able to lose "proginess" without losing quality.
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Originally posted by Ambient Hurricanes Ambient Hurricanes wrote:

Originally posted by Textbook Textbook wrote:

 For me it's Rush. Even in their most progressive years, there were always tracks like Something For Nothing, Closer To The Heart, Circumstances, Entre Nous, Freewill, Limelight etc around which managed to sound ready for the radio (though many of them weren't even singles) without being stupid or predictable. Perhaps because they were younger than a lot of their prog peers, they found the shift to pop rock and synths a lot more natural, and Peart's refusal to write dumb lyrics helped too.

I agree.  In my opinion, all of Rush's more pop-rock oriented 80's albums are worth four stars at least, if not five.  They were always songwriters at heart anyway, unlike other 70's prog greats who could well be classified as "composers" in the classical sense.  That's really where Rush separated themselves from most of the other 70's prog bands; they were able to lose "proginess" without losing quality.

Agreed on both posts. I've said it a thousands times, Hold Your Fire is really great. And the sprinkled tracks throughout their career that were highly accessible, were great mentions. 

Fly By Night, Closer to the Heart, Spirit of Radio, Limelight, Subdivisions. etc. 
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Originally posted by Negoba Negoba wrote:

Peter Gabriel solo, naturally.
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Supertramp would have to be my pick hands down.
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Or were they a pop/rock band who made the best PROG??? Hmmm?????
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Quiet One Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 29 2011 at 15:37
Supertramp, indeed.

Porcupine Tree does some very fine poppish stuff, heard on Stupid Dream, Lightbulb Sun, Deadwing, etc.
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Clouds Watercolour Days
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I think the biggies, when they wanted to, tended to make the best 'pop' in the guise of Artrock (or the other way 'round) ;  Floyd, Tull, ELP, Yes


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Originally posted by resurrection resurrection wrote:

Clouds Watercolour Days
yep, a goodie
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Earth and Fire!  I've made myself a CD of all their singles and b-sides from the 1970s.  They were incredible at that kind of thing.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote colorofmoney91 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2012 at 21:53
I really like King Crimson's pop songs from their '80s albums, specifically Beat. Brian Eno's pop on Another Green World is also very nice. Peter Gabriel made some good pop music too.
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ELO for sure, but these guys run a very close second:


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Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

Earth and Fire!  I've made myself a CD of all their singles and b-sides from the 1970s.  They were incredible at that kind of thing.  


That's true, they were very good at that.
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Pink Floyd are very Poppy at times
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Originally posted by resurrection resurrection wrote:

Clouds Watercolour Days

I see the point, Clouds could write pop songs, but never really played like a pop group, definitely one of the earliest - perhaps even THE earliest - progressive rock band. In any case, The Clouds Scrapbook is a better contender for pop songs than Watercolour Days.
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