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Old 03-25-2020, 08:44 AM   #23
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Exclamation Re: Why the evolution of the term "prog"?

To me it's very clear that these bands originating in the 1960's were all "progressive rock" bands quite simply because they aspired to something more than commercially successful top forty singles:


Beatles
Rolling Stones
Yardbirds
Cream
Led Zeppelin
Traffic
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
Byrds
Lovin' Spoonful
Buffalo Springfield
Deep Purple
Santana
Animals
The Who
Ten Years After
Jefferson Airplane
Bee Gees
Doors
Kinks
Grateful Dead
Jeff Beck Group
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Spirit
Them
Spencer Davis Group
Donovan
(Peter Green's) Fleetwood Mac
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Butterfield Blues Band
Electric Prunes
Zombies
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Steppenwolf
Big Brother & the Holding Company


If therefore you're reluctant to include them within the umbrella of "prog" bands, I'd argue that you're not using the terms synonymously. You're using a more restrictive, exclusive definition for "prog" than for "progressive rock". You're limiting your definition of "prog" to that rock music "with odd time signatures and atypical lyrics played by exceptional musicians".

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