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What decade did you first get into prog?

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Poll Question: In what decade did you first get into prog?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Peter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 29 2013 at 13:20
Around 1972-73
Let the monkey drive.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HemispheresOfXanadu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 29 2013 at 13:43
Wish I could say it was sooner, but... 2010s. 
Realized I really liked Rush in late 2011. Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog_Traveller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2013 at 16:24
So four people back in the sixties said to themselves "no this isn't psychedelic this is prog rock man." Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog_Traveller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2013 at 16:35
Originally posted by Larree Larree wrote:

In theory I could say the 60's and start a debate over what was "prog" before the actual genre existed but since I heard ITCOTCK for the first time in 1970 I selected the 1970's.  

And I think it is awesome that people are discovering prog in the 2010's!  Seven votes for the 2010's so far.  Cool!



Yeah that was kind of my point actually and I like the way you worded it there. Whether ITCOTCK was the first prog album is almost irrelevant in a way. It's hard to argue though that it was the album that really started the genre and more importantly made people aware of the genre. You can't have a prog genre if nobody is aware of it or knows how to label it. Sure, there were some songs here and there and some albums and I personally consider the Nice to be probably the first real prog band but the fact is that COURT is really the one that put prog on the map and made people aware of this thing called prog. So I would say that prog as a fully formed genre did not exist until the seventies.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sukmytoe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2013 at 16:53
The early 70's when the prog rock definition hadn't been thought of yet Smile. In SA the record shops used the term Underground to lump all of the bands that I loved in - from Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep to Hawkwind, Pink Floyd etc.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog_Traveller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2013 at 17:38
Some of those bands didn't stay underground for very long. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote giselle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2013 at 17:40
late 60s
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog_Traveller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2013 at 23:13
Originally posted by giselle giselle wrote:

late 60s



Just wondering what albums from the late sixties got you into prog? I can probably guess one of them. Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ian Stuart Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2013 at 16:25
Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:

I'm 57, I was completely blown away by ITCOTCK and its Mellotrons!  1969


Ditto for me - 'though I'll hit 59 this year end.  Clyde Clifford with Beaker Street introduced me to this (and much more!) and a used record store in Kansas City (whilst vacationing with the 'rents from N. IL) sold me my first copy.  The rest, as they say, ... 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Argonaught Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2013 at 17:33
Yay, got to vote with the majority :) .. old folks we are, there is not denying

Has to be 1977, when I first laid my hands on my own tape recorder and turntable :) - long ago
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote otto pankrock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2013 at 11:05
'70s
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RoeDent Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 22 2013 at 13:31
2000s. 2006, to be more precise.
"I like to think that oysters transcend national barriers" - Roger Waters
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog_Traveller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 30 2014 at 00:43
I thought it would be fun to pull this poll out from the dead. I know there are many people on here who didn't get to vote the first time around so I thought I would resurrect this thread just for the fun of it(plus I am interested in statistics and am curious about the demographics of prog fans). Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote uduwudu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 30 2014 at 00:51
Originally posted by silverpot silverpot wrote:

The 60s for me. It started with the Moodies' Days of Future Passed. Before that I was of course a staunch Beatles fan.

It has struck me that the devoted Beatles' fans all went with the Moodies, the Floyds and the rest of the so called prog bands, while the most devoted Stones' fans later prefered Led Zep, Purple and Sabbath.    


True, except for those of us who also like The Moodies and Floyd and are fascinated by people's fascination with The Beatles...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote uduwudu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 30 2014 at 01:00
Originally posted by silverpot silverpot wrote:

Originally posted by Prog_Traveller Prog_Traveller wrote:

It's funny how so few people, so far anyway, got into prog in the 90's. In the eighties prog was pretty invisible for the most part although in reality the big named seventies bands such as Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd as well as Rush were all pretty big and also ELP(with the ELPowell lineup) to some degree. I think a lot of us who got into these bands in the eighties(including myself) just discovered these bands back catalogs and got into prog that way.

In the nineties prog was just starting to gain some momentum again but it was mainly limited to newsgroups and websites. In the 2000's there were social media sites like Myspace, Facebook and the increasing popularity of prog festivals such as Rosfest and Nearfest to help the genres visibility.


In the 60s and 70s I didn't know I was into prog.LOL  I learnt that when I discovered this fantastic site.
So yeah, the internet is invaluable for spreading new music and that's probably why prog has become a sort of fashion these days. 


Fashion? Cool


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog_Traveller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 30 2014 at 02:10
^ Prog is either the most popular unpopular music genre or the most unpopular popular one. Tongue I think the band Rush is a good example of that. ;)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Xonty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 30 2014 at 07:07
Just about the 2010s. First prog song I heard was "The Spirit Of Radio" after I got it for Christmas 2009. I didn't listen to any more Rush for a year or 2 later so I'll go for 2010s Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Daysbetween Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 30 2014 at 07:52
1972 with a borrowed album from a school mate and I've never stopped listening. 
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2000s. I was in high school and heard my first prog album in its entirety, falling in love with it immediately. It was Deloused in the Comatorium by The Mars Volta. A masterpiece through and through!

From there came DSOTM, Moving Pictures, the rest of the Rush discography, and beyond.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote genbanks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 30 2014 at 08:50
I'm 44 and started the prog path in 1984 with Genesis Shapes then The Wall and 90125 but my transformation became few months after when looking back for Genesis catalogue i was shocked by Watcher of the Skies
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