JR8 wrote:I am eternally grateful for punk, and how it blew away all this pretentious guff.
'Rutherford's anchor string section at 26:05, quite literally conjours images of Bolsheviks at the gates of Mammon'.
Yeah well KC are Prog and that's the word people use who don't get Prog when talking about Prog. Like how "trove" annoyingly follows "treasure" and "copious" predictably precedes "notes". The other tired word used is 'indulgent'.
What they call pretentious I call creative and not following the norm of formulaic structures. Most of it is no more indulgent than symphonic work, naturally some of that is indulgent, depending on one's taste and depth of understanding. A lot of later Classical stuff is too bombastic for me, but that's just me.
All I know is by choice I listened to a lot more Genesis than I did Focus or Punk.
The change in music that happened in the late 70s / early 80s was needed. Things by then peaked, run their course, there was a lot of reinvention, and most of what was once creative was not really progressing, pun intended.
Although it unfortunately didn't age as well as Prog, a lot of the creative stuff from the early 80s was very hip and artistic for its time. Talking Heads, B-52s, Joe Jackson, Gary Numan - the rest I'll have to get into that mode to complete the sentence but we've already coved that here.