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    Posted: April 01 2014 at 09:20
(Neither an April Fool's joke or a pun. LOL)

Imagine you've been working at a radio station for a year now. For the most part you've just been helping out other hosts with their shows--and yes, that includes doing the coffee runs. However, you've just been given your own radio show to host where you'll be bringing prog to the masses. As much as you would like to play ten epics, well... you can't. The station still needs to air commercials and all that, so for your show you'll need ten songs that:

-Will interest the regular listeners of the station. You can decide what the radio station plays regularly (classic rock, hard rock, music from 'x' country only etc.)
-The songs must be 5 minutes or less for the most part. (Can be a few seconds over)
-You may have one longer song in your radio show, at most 7 minutes long. Again, it has to interest your audience.
-You can have songs with a bit of swearing in it, as it'll be edited out. If swearing is the whole song, probably not a great choice.

For example, a station that plays at heaviest Metallica and lightest The Rolling Stones:
-Devin Townsend--The Fluke (LONG SONG)
-Voivod--Into My Hypercube
-Pink Floyd--Have a Cigar
-Jethro Tull--Overhang
-Genesis--I Know What I Like
-The Mars Volta--L'via L'viaquez (single version)
-Rush--YYZ
-Tool--Sober
-Devin Townsend--Bend it Like Bender!
-Rush--Spirit of Radio

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2014 at 10:28
Time stand still - Rush (that might be over 5 mins..)
Living in the past - Jethro Tull
Kayleigh - Marillion
Roundabout (single version) - Yes
Northern Lights - Rennaisance
House of the King - Focus

The Mars Volta--L'via L'viaquez (single version) - yes, I stole that from your list. Good choice!

Man of our times - Genesis
Heartbeat - King Crimson

Edit: Yeah, The Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin


Edited by Blacksword - April 01 2014 at 11:49
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2014 at 10:58
Don't know how proggy they are but I always enjoy hearing the ELP singles on the radio:
Lucky Man
From The Beginning
Still You Turn Me On
and all of the early Moody Blues songs.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 02 2014 at 01:48
Renaissance - Northern Lights
Jethro Tull - Living In The Past
ELP - Fanfare For The Common Man
Muse - Take a Bow
Aphrodites Child - The Four Horseman
Big Big Train - Make Some Noise
IQ - Through The Corridors
Kayak - Royal Bed Bouncer
Yes - Wonderous Stories

my seven minute track 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mystic Mamba Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 31 2018 at 22:47
In the order I would play them

Frost* - Numbers
Steven Wilson - Hand Cannot Erase
Flying Colors - Bombs Away
Rush - Time and Motion
Yes - Life on a Film Set
TSO - Mozart and Memories
Dream Theater - Hell's Kitchen
It Bites - Fahrenheit
311 - Sometimes Jacks Rule the Realm (actual song is only 5 minutes)
Toto - Great Expectations (7 minute track)

I tried to pick some underappreciated/lesser known songs
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mortte Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 31 2018 at 23:20
Pink Floyd: Arnold Layne
Caravan: Golf Girl
Yes: Roundabout
King Crimson: I Talk To the Wind
Rush: Circumstances
Genesis: Timetable
Wigwam: Losing Hold
Jehtro Tull: Alive & Well & Living In
Magma: Kobaia
Family: Mellowing Grey

I think there are more than one over five minutes, but who cares...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2018 at 00:51
Man, I had a whole list but forgot to copy and paste and so captcha(crapsha)got me and everything I typed was gone. I'll try again tomorrow. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Saperlipopette! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2018 at 00:57
Something like this:

Caravan - Hello Hello (#7 version)
Can - Mother Sky (the 6:41 Cannibalism-edit for the my one longer song)
Captain Beefheart - Long Neck Bottles
Kevin Ayers - Song For Insane Times
Neu! - Neuschnee
Amon Düül II - Archangels Thunderbird
Earth and Fire - Song of the Marching Children (single edit)
Pink Floyd - Embryo (1970-studio version from Picnic - A Breath of Fresh Air)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Road Train
Trees - Murdoch




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Genesis - Harold the Barrel
Genesis - Counting Out Time
Faust - The Sad Skinhead
King Crimson - Cat Food (the most Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd song ever)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Beginner's Luck
Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill
Pink Floyd - Not Now John
Pink Floyd - Wut's... Uh the Deal
Pink Floyd - The Gold It's in the...
Riverside - #Addicted
Riverside - Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened by a Hat?)
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All the proud men turned to dust
And so all things, time will mend
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Saga - On the Loose
Queen - Killer Queen
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
Yes - Long Distance Runaround
Supersister - Radio
Renaissance - Nothern Lights
Camel - Never Let Go (single version)
Jethro Tull - Living in the Past
Barclay James Harvest - Child of the Universe (single version)
Mike Oldfield - To France

From 1970 - 1982. I posted only songs that were released as singles and not obscure songs.
I left out Moody Blues, Genesis, Caravan, Pink Floyd, Eloy, because I could only post 10 songs.



Edited by Kingsnake - April 01 2018 at 04:54
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10 bands - a choice from each, with an alternative selection. The odd 'singles edit' needed on a few.

Renaissance - Northern Lights (Carpet of the Sun)
Yes - Wonderous Stories (Roundabout)
Spock's Beard - June (All On A Sunday)
Genesis - I Know What I Like... (Carpet Crawlers)
ELP - Fanfare for the Common Man (Lucky Man)
It Bites - Cartoon Graveyard (Lights)
Jethro Tull - Teacher (One Brown Mouse)
Rush - Spirit of Radio (Time Stands Still)
Focus - Sylvia (House of the King)
Steven Wilson - Lazarus (Nowhere Now)

One extra.........

Marillion - Incommunicato (Sugar Mice)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MortSahlFan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2018 at 08:23
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Man, I had a whole list but forgot to copy and paste and so captcha(crapsha)got me and everything I typed was gone. I'll try again tomorrow. 


Next time that happens, just go BACK, hit REFRESH, and it will ask you to click the CAPTCHA and has worked for me 100% of the time.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2018 at 08:58
Heat Of The Moment by Asia
Owner Of A Lonely Heart by Yes
That’s All by Genesis
Another Brick In The Wall II by Pink Floyd
My Mistake by (Prog) Split Enz
Sweet Lorraine by Uriah Heep
Fanfare For The Common Man by ELP
Mr. Roboto by Styx
................I could continue..............
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2018 at 09:52
first three that jump to mind...

Yes - Roundabout  (duh)
ELP - Lucky Man (as I've said.. the ONLY pop song in history you can break your wrist air drumming to. Micky tested.. Micky approved)
Tull - Locomotive Breath

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................I could continue..............[/QUOTE]

Continue. Great topic.
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OK let's hear what I play for you today...

Cardiacs - Signs
Talk Talk - Living in Another World
Can - Spoon
Art Zoyd - Konzo Bele
King Crimson - Frame by Frame
Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
David Sylvian - When Poets Dreamed of Angels
Novalis - Danmark
Amon Düül II - Archangels Thunderbird
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Earth Hymn
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MortSahlFan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2018 at 10:27
Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

OK let's hear what I play for you today...

Cardiacs - Signs
Talk Talk - Living in Another World
Can - Spoon
Art Zoyd - Konzo Bele
King Crimson - Frame by Frame
Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
David Sylvian - When Poets Dreamed of Angels
Novalis - Danmark
Amon Düül II - Archangels Thunderbird
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Earth Hymn


I didn't even know "Earth Hymn" - really good!
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I considered what prog music (and prog bands) actually has been played on radio (considering many of the selections by other posters have never been played on the radio, or at least not since the mid-70s, and have at least a hint of commercial appeal):

Tull - Aqualung
Yes - Roundabout (radio singles edit)
ELP - Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Part 2
Rush - Anthem
Pink Floyd - Run Like Hell
Kansas - The Wall
Supertramp - Bloody Well Right
King Crimson - The Night Watch
Genesis - The Carpet Crawlers
Alan Parsons Project - Time


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Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:

I considered what prog music (and prog bands) actually has been played on radio (considering many of the selections by other posters have never been played on the radio, or at least not since the mid-70s, and have at least a hint of commercial appeal):
Although ELP sold millions of albums back in the 70's I've never heard Karn Evil 9 on radio (I have however heard every band on my own list though). In fact I've never heard half of the songs on your list on radio where I live. You think the whole world listens to Kansas just because you do? But its no surprise as I've gotten used to both brits and americans thinking other countries has no cultural identity on their own. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 01 2018 at 12:59
Originally posted by Saperlipopette! Saperlipopette! wrote:

Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:

I considered what prog music (and prog bands) actually has been played on radio (considering many of the selections by other posters have never been played on the radio, or at least not since the mid-70s, and have at least a hint of commercial appeal):
Although ELP sold millions of albums back in the 70's I've never heard Karn Evil 9 on radio (I have however heard every band on my own list though). In fact I've never heard half of the songs on your list on radio where I live. You think the whole world listens to Kansas just because you do? But its no surprise as I've gotten used to both brits and americans thinking other countries has no cultural identity on their own. 

Karn Evil 9 was played to death on American and Canadian airwaves, and I believe that most sentient posters here recognize and have heard the songs on the radio from the list I posted. I've never really listened to Kansas at all, but evidently the album Leftoverture went 6x platinum around the world, indicating that even knuckle-dragging dolts from your country bought the album. 

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