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Once and Future Band - Once and Future Band

by Rob Taylor Rating:4 Release Date:2017-01-27

Are we headed for a resurgence of interest in prog-rock beyond the classicist efforts of diehards like Steven Wilson? Arguably what made progressive rock palatable in the past was the theatrics, or fantasy elements linking the music to madcap or off-centre psychedelic folk tales. Lamb Lies Down on Broadway for instance. Bands like Queen flew the flag into more classical rock territory, and bands like Steely Dan steered into smoother waters with capricious whimsy, but with the same finicky compositional standards. 

A kind of nerdy self-consciousness, goth sensibility and bookishness held some of this stuff together alright, but once you introduce earnestness, things start to get a bit wearisome, and I’m reminded of countless hours spent in the bedrooms of others at high school being inducted into the ranks of musical snobbery, listening to stuff which bored the bejesus out of me. Thank God for punk. 

Exploring the murky ground between Camel, early Genesis, Pink Floyd, Queen and the Electric Light Orchestra is Once & Future Band. Some of the keyboard work is Tony Banks around the ‘Selling England by the Pound’ period. The male harmonies of a ubiquitous 1970s quality that caress the boundaries of countrified soft rock. Think The Eagles. And then forget that I made you do that.

Played with authenticity and skill, but like Alex from Clockwork Orange, I cannot not be psychologically conditioned to ignore a primal impulse. To exact violence upon its proponents.

 

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"Think The Eagles. And then forget that I made you do that." Even for a guy who can tolerate some of that band, that is some choice funny stuff right there.

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I didn't want to be responsible for triggering a PTSD attack ! Sorry Steve ! Not exactly sure why I feel some much animosity towards The Eagles. I didn't like them, sure, but I think its also because of the fact that their music dominated the FM...

I didn't want to be responsible for triggering a PTSD attack ! Sorry Steve ! Not exactly sure why I feel some much animosity towards The Eagles. I didn't like them, sure, but I think its also because of the fact that their music dominated the FM airwaves for so damn long in the 80s/90s

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No worries, Rob. You're not alone in Eagles hatred. Hell, Jeffrey Lebowski can't stand them either! I've long liked Joe Walsh, and when he joined, they became a better band. Still full of massive egos and misogyny, but some songs are pretty...

No worries, Rob. You're not alone in Eagles hatred. Hell, Jeffrey Lebowski can't stand them either! I've long liked Joe Walsh, and when he joined, they became a better band. Still full of massive egos and misogyny, but some songs are pretty solid. Still, hatred of them is totally understandable!

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Yeah, I don't mind JD Souther. I think he was associated with the band, right ? I'm a fan of bastardised country otherwise known as alt country. Bands like Uncle Tupelo, Giant Sand, Slobberbone, DBT etc etc etc so I guess some of the roots are...

Yeah, I don't mind JD Souther. I think he was associated with the band, right ? I'm a fan of bastardised country otherwise known as alt country. Bands like Uncle Tupelo, Giant Sand, Slobberbone, DBT etc etc etc so I guess some of the roots are similar. Also the rogue back-end Hazlewood and Co.

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Souther was one of their homies, along with Jackson Browne and Linda Rondstadt. All roads seem to lead back to Gram Parsons, however, and his stuff is very good. He couldn't hang with Keef, however. Tough tits, I reckon. Gotta know one's limitations.

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If we're talking 70s bands to hate I'd like to offer up Supertramp. They make my blood boil.

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Steve Miller Band and Bad Company are Evils 1a and b on my list. So mind numbingly banal I want to gouge my ears out with a rusty spoon.

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Bloody well right, you've gotta right to say

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