This program marks the middle point (time wise, not numbering) of our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era – 661 selections from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.
Part Twenty-Five of the journey went as follows:
Crazy World of Arthur Brown – prelude + nightmare
Temptations – hurry tomorrow
Nektar – remember the future [part 1]
Hatfield + the North – the Yes No interlude
David Bowie – station to station
The Who – Tommy overture
The Who – amazing journey
The Who – sparks
The Who – see me feel me
Focus – birth
Focus – Hamburger Concerto excerpts
Al Stewart – roads to Moscow
Randophonic will be taking a brief break from new programming for the next couple or three weeks. Fresh episodes of the Solid Time of Change will return in the new year, every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.
On one level, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown was the definition of a one hit novelty act. Light your hair on fire, howl like a crazy person, give the kids something to scream about. But listen closely to that debut album and you’ll realize there’s depth beyond all the surface craziness – a singer who can work four octaves and a band that can cook for sure, but they can also play the changes, turn a mood on its head, tear your head off in the process.
In 10cc‘s hands, pop was alive and rather brilliantly insane in 1976. Or whatever you call the kind of music they were messing around with on the album How Dare You? in general, the song I Wanna Rule The World in particular – spending big money on studio time and album art. “Art for art’s sake, money for god’s sake,” as one of the other songs on the album put it.