” ‘Owzabout That Then, Guys & Gals?”… THE UK PROG CHART Unveiled

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Hoop-de-frickin-doo… the Official Charts Company (OCC) has finally awarded the Prog genre its own (album) Hit Parade. See

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34127025

The bad news (is there any good news?) is that the first chart shows efforts by Tame Impala (who?) and those wasters Muse outselling Roger Waters’ Amused To Death re-release… offerings from acts called Public Service Broadcasting and Symphony X, Joe Satriani  (sure, he can play but is he Prog?) and Faith No More (Prog, my arse!) are currently clocking up more sales than The Pink Floyd’s (admittedly a bit rubbish) Endless River.

OCC have also thoughtfully provided us with a cumulative Prog album chart for the 21st Century, which shows M*se’s Black Holes And Revelations shifting more units than Dark Side Of The Moon and Radiohead’s pitiful OK Computer outperforming Tubular Bells and Selling England By The Pound. Bear in mind though, that DSOTM, Tubular Bells and SEBT£ all did most of their (spectacular, in the case of the first two) cumulative business during the last Century.

Guys, you’ve cOCCked it up… Prog’s last stand was in 1977, when Yes released their last truly great album and Bill Buford quit the shit-hot touring line-up of Genesis, prior to Steve Hackett’s departure and that band’s decline into a slick pop act. Everybody who came after that were wasters and wannabes. Ozymandias has spoken…

This random rant previously appeared on the now defunct Bootroom Of Ozymandias blog.

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  1. Philip Broomhead

    I couldn’t agree more with Ozymandias. To problem is that today know one really knows what real Prog music is. They seem to think that just because a band/artist isn’t mainstream it must be Prog. To find real Prog you have to go back to the seventies when bands were inventive and had style. The current batch of so-called Progressive bands are just poor imitators of the true masters. If you want to listen to real prog ignore this prog album chart and put on classic seventies prog like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson. The list goes on!

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