A Perfect Introduction to Prog: 2003. Or, was it 2002?

fk fpWell, not quite perfect, but I probably got your attention.  I’m becoming a marketer!  Dear Lord.  Help us all.

For much of my life, friends have asked me to explain progressive rock to them.  A decade ago (Or so.  It might have been more than a decade ago–probably sometime around 2002, now that I think about it), I decided to start burning CDs as a way of introducing the genre.  This morning, as I was cleaning an area that should’ve been cleaned a while ago, I came across a copy of the CD.

For whatever reason, I entitled it “Regressive Rock, Part I.”  I must’ve thought that was pretty funny at the time, though I don’t remember exactly why.  I assume that I didn’t want my friends thinking that “progressive” had something to do with crazy right-wing nationalists (such as Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson from a century ago; or President Bush of 2002).  In the United States, “progressive” often recalls horrifically embarrassing memories of slaughtering Indians, interning Japanese Americans, and treating African-Americans inhumanely.

Well, regardless.

As I was making Sunday brunch, I popped the CD in and found myself quite happy with the selections.  Here they are.  Let me know what you think.

 

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1.  Flower Kings, “Deaf, Numb, and Blind”

Here’s my own appreciation of this song: https://progarchy.com/2012/11/17/mini-review-deaf-numb-and-blind/

2.   Genesis, “Squonk”

3.  Rush, “Natural Science”

4.  Pat Methany, “The Roots of Coincidence”

5.  Pink Floyd, “Echoes”

6.  Spock’s Beard, “At the End of the Day”

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