Those of you still reading might be surprised to know that the bespectacled half of Spandex Ballet LOVES Progressive Rock – so much so, he even drums for definitely-not-dad-rock proggers, Tinyfish. This blog is intended to explain to you where – in Leon’s opinion, it all started going wrong for Prog.
Genesis – Not Always A Bag Of Rotting Shit
Many of you may not know this, but in the 1970′s, Genesis were one of the leading bands in the genre. Fronted back then by a fresh-faced (& frankly bonkers) Peter Gabriel (& worryingly founded as schoolboys by kiddie-fiddler denialist, Jonathan King), they were genuinely a forward-thinking group. In 1975, Gabriel quit, & it was decided (by all except Phil, or so he says) that Collins should replace him as frontman.
1976 – Genesis Fuck It All Up
Under Phil’s reluctant leadership, Genesis made two cracking albums in 1976 – A Trick Of The Tail, & Wind & Wuthering. However, on the latter album, there is a song called Your Own Special Way. So awful is this piece of music, that Leon felt compelled to critique it, & so popped round to the house of The Amazing Wilf (labelled the John Peel of Prog by the community), for a frank chat about this genre-murdering song. Many people blame Punk for the death of Prog. They are wrong – it’s this song.