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    Posted: July 11 2013 at 23:27
Originally posted by maani

Uh...although I didn't look at all 11 pages of this thread, I'm guessing that at least one sci-fi prog band is missing.  My avatar is probably the only truly sci-fi concept album in prog.  (Though some of Parsons' stuff comes close.)

Not sure how many of these were mentioned, but I would also add EJ's "Rocket Man" and "I've Seen the Saucers"; The Reggie Knighton Band's "Rock and Roll Alien" and "UFO"; Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein"; and Styx's "Mr. Roboto."

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Originally posted by Gerinski

Originally posted by cstack3

"The Return of the Giant Hogweed" by Genesis is a nice bit of satire on B-grade sci-fi films!   I like the drama that Gabriel evokes with his vocals....
I guess strongly inspired by The Little Shop Of Horrors.

actually the song is based on a real plant. have a look at this wikipedia entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_mantegazzianum

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I am surprised Amon Düül 2 have not been mentioned yet; many of their songs deal with SF-themes, like "Apocalyptic Bore", "Archie the Robot", "Mr. Kraut's Jinx", "Lost in Space", even "Syntelman's March of the Roaring Seventies".

Jack Lancaster's album "Marscape" has to be mentioned as well.

Flaming Youth had a whole album based on a Sci-Fi idea (mankind leaving earth in a gigantic spaceship named "Ark 2")

Omega had the album "Time Robber".

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Originally posted by BaldJean


Originally posted by Gerinski



Originally posted by cstack3


"The Return of the Giant Hogweed" by Genesis is a nice bit of satire on B-grade sci-fi films!   I like the drama that Gabriel evokes with his vocals....

I guess strongly inspired by The Little Shop Of Horrors.
actually the song is based on a real plant. have a look at this wikipedia entry:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_mantegazzianum


Yup. All true. Actually, Hogweed is a nickname I use often for many people I know. What a name. Lol
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Originally posted by progbethyname

Originally posted by BaldJean


Originally posted by Gerinski



Originally posted by cstack3


"The Return of the Giant Hogweed" by Genesis is a nice bit of satire on B-grade sci-fi films!   I like the drama that Gabriel evokes with his vocals....

I guess strongly inspired by The Little Shop Of Horrors.
actually the song is based on a real plant. have a look at this wikipedia entry:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_mantegazzianum


Yup. All true. Actually, Hogweed is a nickname I use often for many people I know. What a name. Lol

I thought Phil Collins was the primary vocalist on that song...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 13 2013 at 10:28
Originally posted by Neo-Romantic

Originally posted by progbethyname

Originally posted by BaldJean


Originally posted by Gerinski



Originally posted by cstack3


"The Return of the Giant Hogweed" by Genesis is a nice bit of satire on B-grade sci-fi films!   I like the drama that Gabriel evokes with his vocals....

I guess strongly inspired by The Little Shop Of Horrors.
actually the song is based on a real plant. have a look at this wikipedia entry:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_mantegazzianum


Yup. All true. Actually, Hogweed is a nickname I use often for many people I know. What a name. Lol

I thought Phil Collins was the primary vocalist on that song...


I had never heard that Collins sings ROTGH, I always assumed it was Gabriel....sounds just like him! 

Here's a bit of an article I found:


After a brief instrumental (subtitled "The Dance of the Giant Hogweed"), the song ends in a crashing climax where the hogweed reigns victorious over the human race. “Mighty hogweed is avenged. Human bodies soon will know our anger. Kill them with your hogweed hairs, Heracleum mantegazziani. Giant hogweed lives”
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....sounds like sci-fi to me!  I think it was typical Gabriel tongue-in-cheek humor.  Quite a wonderful song! 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 13 2013 at 10:53
Originally posted by cstack3

Originally posted by Neo-Romantic

Originally posted by progbethyname

Originally posted by BaldJean


Originally posted by Gerinski



Originally posted by cstack3


"The Return of the Giant Hogweed" by Genesis is a nice bit of satire on B-grade sci-fi films!   I like the drama that Gabriel evokes with his vocals....

I guess strongly inspired by The Little Shop Of Horrors.
actually the song is based on a real plant. have a look at this wikipedia entry:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_mantegazzianum


Yup. All true. Actually, Hogweed is a nickname I use often for many people I know. What a name. Lol

I thought Phil Collins was the primary vocalist on that song...


I had never heard that Collins sings ROTGH, I always assumed it was Gabriel....sounds just like him! 

Here's a bit of an article I found:


After a brief instrumental (subtitled "The Dance of the Giant Hogweed"), the song ends in a crashing climax where the hogweed reigns victorious over the human race. “Mighty hogweed is avenged. Human bodies soon will know our anger. Kill them with your hogweed hairs, Heracleum mantegazziani. Giant hogweed lives”
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....sounds like sci-fi to me!  I think it was typical Gabriel tongue-in-cheek humor.  Quite a wonderful song! 

I've seen giant hogweeds, they're disappointingly unspectacular. Gabriel based the song on the true account of the introduction of the hogweed into Britian by Victorian plant collectors as described in the Wikipedia entry for the plant. Based upon the simullarities to The Day of the Triffids it's a fair bet that John Wyndham used the same source story - both come from Russia, both were actively cultivated for positive reasons and both have a toxic venom that can cause blindness. That Gabriel's version also results in victory for the plants it's quite likely that he had Wyndham's version in mind when he wrote it.


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Mostly I tend to hear the real Sci fi qualities of prog in the synthesisers. The robotic laser beam of the moog perfectly illustrates an "otherworldliness" that we have come to associate with sci fi. just listen to the soundtracks of old sci fi movies.
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Alan Parsons I ROBOT is pretty great. ;)
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Some more based on actual stories:

The Byrds - Space Odyssey. From "The Notorious Byrd Brothers". It was directly inspired by the Arthur C. Clarke short "The Sentinel" which was the basis for "2001". And it even came out several months in advance of the movie. How cool is that?

Pearls Before Swine - The Rocket Man, which, unlike that *other* Rocket Man song, was inspired by the Ray Bradbury short. It's on "The Use of Ashes", and on the next album "City of Gold", they dipped in the Bradbury bag again with "The Man".

So did Barclay James Harvest with their classic Medicine Man, inspired by the Mr. Dark character in Something Wicked This Way Comes.
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^Great contributions, thanks!!  

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Check out the set-list for the "Prog Rock & Sci-Fi" series I did for my radio show:

Part I

Part II

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I'm sure this was mentioned  but I'm too tired to read the whole thread right now.....I just saw a review of Julians Treatment on the home page so ......
Savarin is also a sci-fi writer though I have not read any of his novels which is odd for me since I'm an avid sci-fi fan but never came across any of his novels.
 
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Originally posted by ProgressiveAttic

Check out the set-list for the "Prog Rock & Sci-Fi" series I did for my radio show:

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Thank you, that is a fine contribution to our thread!  I forgot "Machine Messiah" by Yes!  Doh! Ouch
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While not necessarily prog, Roy Wood's “Boulders” contains a song called Miss Clarke and the Computer in which he sings from the POV of the latter in a nasal, inflectionless tone about his growing emotional attachment to his female handler. It’s pretty hilarious now because of the way-outdated views on computer technology. And it’s even all-acoustic to boot. (pun intended)

Another one inspired by an actual story: Hawkwind - Damnation Alley, from the Roger Zelazny novel.






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Originally posted by MustardSea

Originally posted by octopus-4

I remember a novel by John Varley (or John Shirley maybe) in which something was happening at a concert of Blue Oyster Cult. Sci-Fi Quoting Prog(related) instead of vice versa.

I don't remember the title of that novel, it was about a "living city" and was published around the end of the 80s.


wasn't that a trilogy set on a kind of living, hollow world around Saturn or Titan? I think the first one was even called "Titan" if I'm not wrong but it's been a while since I've read it so I could be completely wrong LOL


The trilogy is composed of Titan, Wizard, and Demon.  Love those books.
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Originally posted by AreYouHuman

Another one inspired by an actual story: Hawkwind - Damnation Alley, from the Roger Zelazny novel.


If the movie ever gets the remake it deserves, they ought to use Hawkwind's song AND make the central character a tool the way Zelazny wrote him. I've no doubt John Carpenter's Snake Plissken was inspired by Hell Tanner.
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In Search of Ancient Gods. The album had Bill Bruford and a couple of folks from Brand X, I think! Very nice album, too!
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