I know we debated this in the old place but hey new site ,let’s argue the same stuff again.
David Peperell, a bloke I know in Melbourne , a veteran of the Melbourne music scene and someone whose musical opinion I respect came up with his own criteria for Prog. He was prompted by this silly list of prog bands ….Toto?
According to David, prog bands must be 1. English and 2. Active in the period 1969-1979. German bands are Kraut Rock not Prog and bands after 1979 are just out of the cultural loop.
I queried the English only criterion and thought prog bands could exist outside his time period but I concede this is where the original and the best comes from.
I offered this definition. I
Bands using elaborate time scales, a bevy of keyboards , musically trained classical influences if not classics lifted, extended instrumental passages and lyrics pertaining to fantasy worlds to me are prog. Throw in a few capes and you’re a cert.
And here was his list of who he regarded as genuine prog. ( Yes I spotted Focus as anomalous to0)
ALAN PARSONS PROJECT
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER
HATFIELD AND THE NORTH
MCDONALD AND GILES
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR