• Re: DLC Discussion Thread: You're Not Dreaming

    I'll take Karma Police to go with Dream Police and suggest we need a few more songs by The Police
    Funny, I was thinking we needed "Karma Chameleon" and "Instant Karma!" for theme completion.
  • Re: DLC Discussion Thread: You're Not Dreaming

    I'd head some other Radiohead, and I didn't especially care for it. I just hadn't heard the song. I might have once or twice listening, but I never heard it on the radio - and if I did, it made little enough impact that I don't even recognize it.
    'Some other Radiohead'. You realize Radiohead has reinvented their sound more times than King Crimson, right? It's as foolish to dismiss Paranoid Android unheard because you didn't like Creep or Lotus Flower, as it is to dismiss Starless unheard because you didn't like Thrak or Larks Tongues in Aspic.

    Aside: Have you heard Marillion's cover of Fake Plastic Trees? Even neoprog musicmakers like Radiohead.
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    Skipping Radiohead - I'd never heard it before (I didn't listen to the radio much in the last 5 years of the 90s) and don't especially care for it now that I have heard it. Happy for those that are super excited about it.
    I have the rewind. But the Sign is a must buy!

    In the late 90s I was finding a huge "underground" Prog community and really dove into Neo-prog, and also neo-Swing. The radio in my area was dominated by Pop Tarts and Boy Bands, and most alternative music was just a little too depressing for me. :)
    The 90s and into the 2000s was also my prog and neoprog phase. My favorite artist at the time was Marillion. To this day, "This Strange Engine" stands as my second-favorite song ever (behind Genesis' "Supper's Ready"). I bought more CDs by the likes of Spock's Beard and The Flower Kings than I care to recall, as well as delving into prog's past (for a great forerunner to neoprog, if you haven't heard Locanda Delle Fate's "Forse le lucciole non si amano piu", get an ear on that).

    But a prog fan, more than anyone, should need not be told that 'I never heard (acclaimed thing) because I wasn't listening to radio when it was big' is a lame excuse. As a niche-music fan, everything you know and hear is because you sought it out, not because it landed on you. The aforementioned Supper's Ready is my favorite song despite me not listening to radio much when it came out - as I understand it, it wasn't played much on radio then anyway, and it didn't help that I was, you know, negative five years old. But decades later, as a music fan seeking out good stuff, I eventually found it. Same way I found Abbey Road, same way I found Kind of Blue.

    So, upon consideration, I have decided that I reject your excuse that you missed out on OK Computer because you had your head buried in neoprog at the time. I had my head at least partially buried in neo then too. Part of the reason we became prog fans is because of an unquenchable thirst for musical beauty. We seek and find great stuff whether it's popular or not, we don't deliberately let anything great pass us by.

    If you had listened to OK Computer and decided it wasn't for you, that's one thing. But that you hadn't even heard it before... shows a real lack of the sort of exploratory tendencies that really should be part of the progfan package.

    Note: I don't especially like Karma Police (as I mentioned earlier, I find it one of the weakest tracks on OK Computer). But there's a LOT of tasty meat on OK Computer for prog fans. There's a reason this guy whose favorite two songs of all time are prog epics, named OK Computer as best album ever. More than Hybris. More than Brave. More than In the Court of the Crimson King or Red. More than Selling England By the Pound.

    Here's a snippet from OK Computer's Wiki page:
    Numerous critics and reporters have detected a stylistic debt to 1970s progressive rock, an influence that members of Radiohead have always disavowed. According to Andy Greene in Rolling Stone, Radiohead "were collectively hostile to Seventies progressive rock ('I didn't even like Pink Floyd,' says O'Brien), but that didn't stop them from reinventing prog from scratch on OK Computer, particularly on the six-and-a-half-minute 'Paranoid Android'." Writing in 2017, The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh said OK Computer "was profoundly prog: grand and dystopian, with a lead single that was more than six minutes long.
  • Re: DLC Discussion Thread: You're Not Dreaming

    Yeah, I hate this week of DLC...

    At least a lot of you guys are happy with this week
    Even if you don't like Radiohead, getting another song from a band who we haven't seen anything from in almost 10 years ("My Iron Lung" was December 18, 2007) is a big deal.

    Who knows, maybe we can get more songs from Rolling Stones or Muse while we're at it.
    This. This should be the takeaway/consolation this week for the demented few who come away from this week's announcement disappointed (or in one case, outraged!) - it's a sign that HMX is still chasing white whales (and not always coming up empty). Radiohead's fans had as much as written off any possibility of ever getting them again - even in yesterday's November thread you can find several people, myself included, listing Radiohead as a fantasyland unattainable get before segueing to actual attainables one the requisite chuckle about the usual-suspects unattainables had come and gone.
  • Re: DLC Discussion Thread: You're Not Dreaming

    Radiohead, wow. I'd have preferred "Paranoid Android" but beggers can't be choosers! This is awesome!

    And "The Sign". I mean, I'll buy it. But Radiohead is the headliner here today.
    My personal choice would have been “Just” but its just good to know Radiohead is still willing to work with Harmonix.
    If I had my druthers I can name a dozen Radiohead songs I'd prefer. I consider Karma Police to be one of the weakest tracks on what I consider to be the greatest album of all time. But still, it's Radiohead, man.