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Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:



I'm equally bitter about Company Caine, Chetarca, Crossfire, Madder Lake, Blackfeather, Extradition...





And now I'm going to add Aleph to that list.

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Originally posted by micky micky wrote:


The way I always saw it,  the site is not a playpen for favs or personal tastes. It does say on that nice site banner... the ultimate resource ...  the job was always to catalog and if one was to error.. it was to error on the side of being inclusionary.. rather than being exclusionary. This site had LONG ever stopped being a simple prog rock site. It had veered deeply into 'progressive' long before I helped corrupt it further.

I always thought the best way to see it was to Let the listeners discover and judge for themselves.





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Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:

Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:



I'm equally bitter about Company Caine, Chetarca, Crossfire, Madder Lake, Blackfeather, Extradition...





And now I'm going to add Aleph to that list.

Still dumbfounded to this day as to why some of these were rejected; I feel your pain. Thanks for the reviews for the Aussie bands that DID get added, sl75.  
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I do realise this blog thread is primarily about Australian Prog, not just "Prog in Australia", but nevertheless I thought I'd post this here for the benefit of other residents of Oz who may not be aware yet that a certain French band are visiting our shores early next year...

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Are you looking for something to read over the holiday period? Are you interested in the 1970-1975 period here in Oz that spawned many of the older Oz bands considered on PA as prog (Spectrum, Tully, Tamam Shud, Bakery, Fraternity, et al, just to name the ones here on PA)? If so, here is a darn good read from the Milesago site which puts that period in context with the Oz music scene before (60's pop) and after (the Countdown years):
http://www.milesago.com/Overview.htm

Happy reading!

EDIT: to update the list of bands, in particular to remove Co-caine (but also add some other bands for good measure) - mea culpa, I forgot that Company Caine aren't actually on PA after all... Disapprove


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Milesago is an amazing website.

Like that article says, it's truly amazing how little attention Australian music of that era gets now - it's like the year zero attitude of punk still holds all these years later - you still see so many lists of 'best Australian albums' or histories of Australian music that imply nothing happened before "(I'm) Stranded".
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Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:

Originally posted by micky micky wrote:


The way I always saw it,  the site is not a playpen for favs or personal tastes. It does say on that nice site banner... the ultimate resource ...  the job was always to catalog and if one was to error.. it was to error on the side of being inclusionary.. rather than being exclusionary. This site had LONG ever stopped being a simple prog rock site. It had veered deeply into 'progressive' long before I helped corrupt it further.

I always thought the best way to see it was to Let the listeners discover and judge for themselves.





Amen


yeah... I do love a good rant and my soapbox.
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Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:

Milesago is an amazing website.

Sure is - the band bios and other info on there is streets ahead of the various books on Oz rock I've got (though they're a still good reference) - truly a labour of love for someone. And the Milesago website does it all with minimal "web bling" too.

Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:

Like that article says, it's truly amazing how little attention Australian music of that era gets now - it's like the year zero attitude of punk still holds all these years later - you still see so many lists of 'best Australian albums' or histories of Australian music that imply nothing happened before "(I'm) Stranded".


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It's almost like the two "polar opposites" of popular music that got established on the ABC at about the same time - the assumed "pop" mainstream (Countdown, nationally) versus the self-defined "alternative" outlet 2JJ (the anti-Countdown?)...

I've pondered for a long time the "invisible" nature of Aussie music pre the Skyhooks/Sherbet-era (which seems to be a handy cutoff point): from occasional listening to commercial FM radio here in Adelaide since the early '80's the only songs I remember hearing from that period are: "Eagle rock"/"Come back again", "I'll be gone" and "Most people I know" - nothing more... That's why it's so good that Aztec Music (and others) are doing such a grand job in reissuing those albums by Spectrum, Tamam Shud, Tully, Thorpie, Buffalo, etc etc. And think too that those artists are the tip of the iceberg when you consider all the other bands that were well-known mainly in their local capital city...

And having said that, I talk to some people who were in their teens and twenties during that time and who were out and about at gigs/festivals during those years  - they can still namecheck quite a few of of those now "invisible" bands and artists (ah yes, Headband...).


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Originally posted by David64T David64T wrote:



And having said that, I talk to some people who were in their teens and twenties during that time and who were out and about at gigs/festivals during those years  - they can still namecheck quite a few of of those now "invisible" bands and artists (ah yes, Headband...).




Coincidentally, I just got Headband's album a couple of weeks ago.

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Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:

Originally posted by David64T David64T wrote:



And having said that, I talk to some people who were in their teens and twenties during that time and who were out and about at gigs/festivals during those years  - they can still namecheck quite a few of of those now "invisible" bands and artists (ah yes, Headband...).




Coincidentally, I just got Headband's album a couple of weeks ago.



A great coincidence! What's your verdict on the album (I assume it's Song For Tooley and not the NZ band of the same name)?

The last time I looked for music by Headband music (probably back in 2013 when Chris Bailey passed on) I could only find "Stay with me" and that "Supercars" song....
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Originally posted by David64T David64T wrote:


A great coincidence! What's your verdict on the album (I assume it's Song For Tooley and not the NZ band of the same name)?


Yep, Song For Tooley. I've only listened a couple of times so far, don't have anything profound to say about it yet other than that so far I like it!
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Originally posted by David64T David64T wrote:


The last time I looked for music by Headband music (probably back in 2013 when Chris Bailey passed on) I could only find "Stay with me" and that "Supercars" song....


Someone has posted the whole album on Dailymotion:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2kf2f2


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Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:

Originally posted by David64T David64T wrote:


The last time I looked for music by Headband music (probably back in 2013 when Chris Bailey passed on) I could only find "Stay with me" and that "Supercars" song....


Someone has posted the whole album on Dailymotion:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2kf2f2

Thanks!  I am checking it out now, and am liking what I hear - will see if I can order it on CD (Doug Larson seems to have it).
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Great to Aussie Prog getting some air time here
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