Posts in: English Progressive

A couple of revised posts on the blog.

🎛️ Will Arnett doesn’t like the word content either.

🎛️ Why my term ‘English Progressive’ might make sense in musical genres.

Opening up a new category on the blog that I call ‘snippets’.

More refinement might yet occur.

Having said that I reject lists I am quietly building some interesting lists of albums on AlbumWhale … and when I say lists … were I to tell you that one of those lists has just two items on it … you will understand that the word ’list’ is being rather loosely used.

Because actually, I like lists … but I like them to have context.

Sometimes the context is helped simply by knowing who created the list and maybe why they created it. ‘Top 50 guitarists in Rock music created by Rolling Stone’ might be one such example. I wouldn’t necessarily agree with who is on it, or what position they are in … But the source being a known quantity … Rolling Stone .. is sufficient for me to engage.

Lots of albums listed by someone I don’t know, where I rarely know the albums listed and those I do, I don’t like most of the time gives me no reason to engage. NONE.

If that album had a sentence that explained why? … my engagement interest goes up … significantly.

Back to my lists, they aren’t the 50 albums I’ve always loved … mainly because such a list would include bands like Talking Heads, Pink Floyd and Tears for Fears … and really … who cares?

Rather I have taken a different tack.

  1. A list of phenomenal albums by artists you might not have heard about - and why I think they are so good? 🎵 Would that be interesting?

  2. How about 🎵 a list of albums in chronological order of release that highlight the single album that opened my eyes to the artist?

  3. A new ‘WIP’ list - focussed on something I am calling 🔗 English Progressive. Early days yet, 🎵 there are only three listed so far, but the future is big

You can find all my AlbumWhale lists here - but those three are the main focus for now.

Thankyou for your attention.

🎛️ English Progressive Redux

🔗 Andrew Hickey’s ‘500 Songs’ includes a good and interesting summary of why the UK and US musicians who ‘arrived’ in the 60s sounded so different, emerging, he argues, from significant social differences and country histories.

What do you think?

🎵 More thoughts on what I call English Progressive

The Full Podcast: 🎙️ 500 Songs - ‘See Emily Play’ by The Pink Floyd

🎵Great artists, in no particular order, that make up the genre I call ‘English Progressive’.

Steven Wilson - and if you want a great place to start exploring, look no further than Grace for Drowning.

Grace for Drowning - Steven Wilson poster

What is ‘English Progressive’?

Other ‘English Progressive’ Artists

🎙️🎵🎶 Nice to listen in to your conversation @martinfeld and @lmika - thankyou.

A different kind of musical note … check out the work of Vivian Stanshall and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Viv provided ‘MC’ services for all those lines you referenced, including;

“Spanish Guitar and introducing acoustic guitar”

The Bonzo’s track Death Cab For Cutie also gave that band their name.

Love me some solid (English) Progressive.