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Category: Progressive Music Lounges
Forum Name: Suggest New Bands and Artists
Forum Description: Suggest, create polls, and classify new bands you would like included on Prog Archives
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Topic: Mansun
Posted By: Mahonster
Subject: Mansun
Date Posted: January 02 2006 at 15:47
I'm talking about the mid-late 90s British band.

Their first album was mostly alternative rock, but from then onwards they headed in a more progressive direction, particuarly with their album Six which features a number of songs over the eight minute mark, a certain degree of complexity, a lot of experimentation such as a song featuring a female opera singer and a man talking, psychadellicy guitar sounds. I've heard them mentioned here before a few times but they're still not added. I suppose they'd be catagorised as Art Rock.

Try listening to songs like Cancer and Being a Girl  to see the band at their most progressive.



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Posted By: horza
Date Posted: January 10 2006 at 18:04
We need some additional info, namely:

A short paragraph with your reasons why this band should be added
Artist/band biography (usually found on their web site)
Country
Prog genre (This may be subject to change by PA staff)
Artist picture
Official Website
Discography (In a List style not in a Paragraph, Include line up and Year of release)
A group (5) of MP3 that give best overview of bands sound in 128 bit stereo,mp3



Thanks

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Originally posted by darkshade:

Calling Mike Portnoy a bad drummer is like calling Stephen Hawking an idiot.


Posted By: Trotsky
Date Posted: January 11 2006 at 03:31

I've got two of their albums ... Grey Lantern (which I like a lot, but clearly isn't prog, despite the recurrence of some characters ... and Six, which I really found too boring ... it's in my "to sell" box actually!

 



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"Death to Utopia! Death to faith! Death to love! Death to hope?" thunders the 20th century. "Surrender, you pathetic dreamer.

"No" replies the unhumbled optimist "You are only the present."


Posted By: Jim Garten
Date Posted: January 11 2006 at 03:57
To my mind a sadly overlooked band, in many ways...

Originally posted by Mahonster Mahonster wrote:

Try listening to songs like Cancer and Being a Girl to see the band at their most progressive


I'd go more for 'Television' from "Six" - a modern progressive epic!

Originally posted by Trotsky Trotsky wrote:

Six, which I really found too boring ... it's in my "to sell" box actually!


Shame on you, sir.


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Posted By: Trotsky
Date Posted: January 11 2006 at 09:18
Originally posted by Jim Garten Jim Garten wrote:

To my mind a sadly overlooked band, in many ways...

Originally posted by Mahonster Mahonster wrote:

Try listening to songs like Cancer and Being a Girl to see the band at their most progressive


I'd go more for 'Television' from "Six" - a modern progressive epic!

Originally posted by Trotsky Trotsky wrote:

Six, which I really found too boring ... it's in my "to sell" box actually!


Shame on you, sir.


... OK I'll drag it out for one more listen ...


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"Death to Utopia! Death to faith! Death to love! Death to hope?" thunders the 20th century. "Surrender, you pathetic dreamer.

"No" replies the unhumbled optimist "You are only the present."


Posted By: Kotro
Date Posted: January 11 2006 at 10:35
The website Allmusic.com cathegorizes them as Neo-Prog, and makes some comparissons to Marillion...

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Posted By: horza
Date Posted: January 11 2006 at 12:26
Although I'm not sure that this band is prog I'll put them up for consideration

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Originally posted by darkshade:

Calling Mike Portnoy a bad drummer is like calling Stephen Hawking an idiot.


Posted By: Mahonster
Date Posted: January 13 2006 at 11:49
Thanks very much! I'm no expert on the band, so I'm not the best to write a biolgraphy... but here's their official site. I hope it helps.

http://www.mansun.net/


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: January 24 2006 at 17:48
I like this band a lot.Funny thing I was listening to Porcupine Tree 'Deadwing' the other day and I could hear Mansun infuences.I don't think they would be out of place in the archive under 'prog related'. 


Posted By: Chandy
Date Posted: April 30 2006 at 16:49
Scary.

I'm new to all of this, just starting to think that 'prog' is maybe what I've been looking for in music all these years.  Recently my wife put me onto Porcupine Tree and, while listening to Deadwing (I just adore 'Arriving Somewhere But Not Here') and doing a bit of googling on them I found this site.  I've always championed the cause of Mansun from back when Attack of the Grey Lantern was released.  I don't know whay but I have always loved that album; right now it's still basically my number 1 album of all time (okay Wide Open Space seems shoved in as a 'this might get some sales' track but the rest of the album just..well I think it flows and fits with itself superbly, I just love the way different instrumental themes come back all throughout it..anyway..).  So, on coming here I did a search for Mansun and came up with nothing.  Decided to see if anyone had anything to say in the forums and hey-presto, have you saying 'I was listening to Purcupine Tree and thinking of Mansun'.  As I said, scary!

I don't pick up anything consciously linking the two but in my mind there are definite similarities that I think are just due to 'prog' (but what would I know?) hence why I thought they would be listed here.  Oh, and Six grew on me eventually but Attack always seemed a far far better album, I was dissapointed with Six by comparison.

Anyway, just then to register my vote for adding Mansun to the site.  Great band, even if it was only for one album :P

Laters!

Chandy



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