Australian Progressive rock

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Garret with flair and hair. Photo by Bob King 1977.
Bob King is Australia’s best known rock photographer and this shot of the Oils looking like the nice north shore school boys they (still) are was taken at the War and Peace night club at Parramatta – a tough venue from much tougher days, just as Aussie pub rock was about to explode. Bob is a legend as much as many of his subjects.

How many different beats and time signatures can one try to squeeze into one bar? How many modulations can one perform in any over-extended middle section before a complete aural breakdown occurs? How grandiosely obscurantist can a rock muso be when composing/patching together long pieces of disparate (yet plainly just) rock music – to show off one’s apparent virtuosity.

Australian Prog Rock was arty, it was fun – and it was a heady experience to listen to. Listen to our podcast on Australian Prog Rock and get artificially uplifted by its similarly heady contents.

Remember Mackenzie Theory? Sons of the Vegetal Mother? Madder Lake? No? Well sample the early days of Midnight Oil and Split Enz before they progged up the charts with songs of more suitable structure and duration…

Australian Prog Rock was arty, it was fun – and it was a heady experience to listen to. Listen to our podcast on Australian Prog Rock and get artificially uplifted by its similarly heady contents. Remember Mackenzie Theory? Sons of the Vegetal Mother? Madder Lake? No? Well sample the early days of Midnight Oil and Split Enz before they progged up the charts with songs of more suitable structure and duration…

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