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    Posted: August 03 2014 at 13:18
Thought this might be kind of fun and interesting. What is or was the reception for your favorite prog band in the country you are from? How popular are they there? Did they chart, get played on the radio, or tour there? Are they currently a going concern in your home country?

              My favorite band is Triumvirat, and my home is Canada. I have searched long and hard for information on Triumvirat in Canada. They were moderately successful here way back in the seventies, when the band were a recording and touring entity. Triumvirat never had a hit single, but were still sometimes played on the radio in the FM band in the mid seventies here. (though not often) They were popular especially in Quebec, which is not surprising, considering the general popularity of progressive rock there.
                          They rarely toured here, and I have only heard of two concerts, one in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in July of 1975 with Supertramp, and also a concert in Montreal, Quebec, where I heard they played with BTO.
                             When Triumvirat's albums first appeared on CD, in the early 1990s, I believe, they were available in Canada, and then subsequently the 2002 remasters the same thing, so some of us are still listening!
                    


Edited by presdoug - August 03 2014 at 16:30
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2014 at 13:22
Oooh that's hard one.  From the '70's we have Kansas and The Dixie Dregs and Happy The Man.  Really cool new bands in this decade - The Tea Club, Perfect Beings, Dream The Electric Sleep.  Djam Karet from the 1990's or so.

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Kayo Dot or Talk Talk I s'pose.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Robson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2014 at 13:30
In my country I know very few prog rock bands, something of Os Mutantes, Violeta de Outono, Aether and Bacamarte, unfortunately in Brasil since a long time ago they are not played in any popular radio station, as well as almost any other prog rock band, and they have always had to cope with the complete lack of interest in prog rock in Brasil, as long as prog never was a popular genre here Doug, and I think it will never be. Besides, people here in general think of Villa Lobos as one more "popular music composer of the old times" instead of a brilliant classical music composer! Go figure that...

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My two favorite Prog bands, Yes and Tull, were huge hits in the 70s in the U.S. My very favorite artist, Vangelis, was only truly popular for a few years in the wake of Chariots of Fire, which was also huge here. All three are still well-known, though. Kansas, of course, had their share of hits and they just played in my local area twice in the last year. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to see them.
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You might be interested to know, Doug, that I am currently listening to BTO.
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Ignoring English prog bands then I will have to talk about Rush. They become incredibly successful in England in the late seventies so were treated with great excitement when they toured here especially around the time of Hemispheres. They did it a time when Punk was all the rage here so they went against the grain. It wasn't until Spirit Of Radio though that they got onto British mainstream radio as I recall. Always help to have 'radio' in the song title I suppose.Smile

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Hi Presdoug!
I´m from Portugal and Triumvirat´s 1976 album "Old LOves Die Hard" was nº 1 at the portuguese charts at that time!!
Definetly one of my favourite bands!

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Originally posted by Polymorphia Polymorphia wrote:

Kayo Dot or Talk Talk I s'pose.
Whoops, like others I just read the title and not the actual OP. Silly me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Imperial Zeppelin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2014 at 16:04
We don't have any prog in here
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Robson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2014 at 16:12
Originally posted by Polymorphia Polymorphia wrote:

Originally posted by Polymorphia Polymorphia wrote:

Kayo Dot or Talk Talk I s'pose.
Whoops, like others I just read the title and not the actual OP. Silly me.
Me too, sorry Doug.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2014 at 16:25
Originally posted by Rick Robson Rick Robson wrote:

Originally posted by Polymorphia Polymorphia wrote:

Originally posted by Polymorphia Polymorphia wrote:

Kayo Dot or Talk Talk I s'pose.
Whoops, like others I just read the title and not the actual OP. Silly me.
Me too, sorry Doug.

Same error but I think my reply still stands.
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He is asking about how popular your favourite band is -  in the country you are from. 

So my favourite band is GOng and they are from France/Australia/ England - they don't have to be English.

In my home country they have and have had an underground following most of the time and still have a strong influence on other bands here.


Edited by akamaisondufromage - August 03 2014 at 16:33
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Changed the title of my thread to "Fave Prog Band's Popularity In Your Home Country", to lessen confusion. Even if your fave prog band is from your home country and enormous there, that still is ok to mention. (i.e. Pink Floyd in England)


Edited by presdoug - August 03 2014 at 16:40
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Still, even the most famous prog band are pretty unknown 'round these parts.

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None. I don't like any prog from Brazil.
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^That's a SAD detail about many of you folks from my country, you just pointed out one of the main reasons for the lack of popularity of this genre: people don't give the slightest support to the brasilian prog bands. That's really UNACCEPTABLE.
EDIT: That said, the fact of liking them or not is a matter of personal taste, I could say that actually I'm not a fan of any of them - some songs for me are OK - but I'd much rather have avoided this opinion , given the fact that at least some opportunity these brasilian bands should have had before and nowadays.
 

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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Ignoring English prog bands then I will have to talk about Rush. They become incredibly successful in England in the late seventies so were treated with great excitement when they toured here especially around the time of Hemispheres. They did it a time when Punk was all the rage here so they went against the grain. It wasn't until Spirit Of Radio though that they got onto British mainstream radio as I recall. Always help to have 'radio' in the song title I suppose.Smile
No need to ignore English prog bands, Richard, even if your fave is from your country, that's ok. Thumbs Up


Edited by presdoug - August 03 2014 at 17:21
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Originally posted by elpprogster elpprogster wrote:

Hi Presdoug!
I´m from Portugal and Triumvirat´s 1976 album "Old LOves Die Hard" was nº 1 at the portuguese charts at that time!!
Definetly one of my favourite bands!

That's neat!
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