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