A small sampling of my wayward musical tastes has washed up on the shores of BBC Radio 6 in a show I put together called Progressive (originally broadcast Sunday noon, 24 March 2012).
Art rock, baroque pop, freak folk, psychedelic soul -- whatever you call it, it's all progressive: music that's ahead of its time and out of this world. Over the years, progressive artists from King Crimson to Love to Curved Air to Kraftwerk to Funkadelic have collectively twisted our melons into one giant Salvador Dali melting clock. This hour-long platter party places today's alt fave raves in the context of their musical forebears, including Yes, Spirit, and early Eno.
Listen, pray thee, as I banish musical snobbery and celebrate the unalloyed joy of outsider pop, matchmaking current indie selections with the sometimes intimidating, other times unfairly mocked art-sounds of yore.
Also, Alison Goldfrapp joins me to reveal her dark prog rock past, as well as offering tips on interpretive dancing to King Crimson.
To listen, click on the following video:
YES -- Going for the One
TAME IMPALA -- Apocalypse Dreams
MIDLAKE -- Roscoe
SPIRIT -- Life Has Just Begun
FUNKADELIC -- Groovallegiance
DUNGEN -- Svart Är Himlen
BRIAN ENO -- Needles in the Camel's Eye
TV ON THE RADIO -- Staring at the Sun
GOLDFRAPP -- Eat Yourself
KING CRIMSON -- Frame by Frame
KRISTEEN YOUNG -- I'll Get You Back
MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS -- I've Seen All Good People/Your Move
I first saw Kristeen Young a few years ago at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. She's a wild hybrid of Maria Callas, Kate Bush and Nina Hagen. She pounds the bejeepers out of her keyboard and transfixes the audience with her strange beauty and abrasive pop songs. Or is that the other way around?
Top image from the front cover of "The 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus" by Spirit