Monday, May 07, 2007

Please Kill Me

I have taken a radical step.

Last night, in a fog of rage at the wateriness of Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet, I collected together every album and CD I possess by King Crimson, Marillion, Yes, The Mars Volta, Jethro Tull, Mike Keneally, Genesis, Can, the Soft Machine, and the Moody Blues, opened my second-story window, and heaved the whole stinking lot of them into the flowerbed below.

This event will henceforth be known at Jingo Acres as The Defenestration of Prog.

25 comments:

Tom W. said...

No, not the Tull too!? Oh, the humanity...

J. Andrew Boyle said...

One of my favorite words.

Defenestration.

Right before Merkin.

Neddie said...

"Defenestration" sounds so filthy, doesn't it? A Latinate euphemism for something you'd have to pay a pro extra to do...

"I'd like to start with a little frottage, move on to lingual stimulation, and finally, when I'm good and ready, the defenestration!

"And would you mind wearing this merkin while you work?

Tom, I had a sort of a satori moment somewhere in my mid-thirties, when I forgave myself for liking Jethro Tull when I was 13.

kirkmc said...

You'll regret it. I got rid of all those albums a long time ago, and found myself, in recent years, buying a few of them again. Especially the Tull, in fact, Thick as a Brick being one of the soundtracks of my teenage years. But also Close to the Edge, assorted Genesis, and others. I still find Crimson to be ahead of its time too (at least early Crimson.)

Neddie said...

Never actually been much of a prog-head, actually -- I don't actually own most of those records. I was just in love with that awful pun.

"Songs from the Wood" still has its moments. "Thick as a Brick" was kind of ruined for me when a college friend (who comments here occasionally, come to think of it, hey, Jerry!) mockingly la-la-la'd the section that links "teach him to play Monopoly and how to sing in the rain" and "The Poet and the Painter..." Ooog. Let's put on the B-52s....

Neddie said...

Funnily enough, I only just remembered something from yesterday:

Mowing 3 acres gives a man a lot of time to think. I noticed that the pokeberry bushes had begun to spring up -- another thing I've got to run around pulling out. Pokeberries meandered into the subject of poke salad, which led to the song "Poke Salad Annie" (a song I've never heard). That led to "Cross-Eyed Mary" but with "Poke Salad Annie" where Mary once was ("Poke Salad Annie goes jumping in again!"). Then I flashed on an image of Jack Black doing a vocal rendition of the flute solo as he might have done in "School of Rock."

Then I wrapped the mower around a tree...

Like I say, a lot of time to think.

mg said...

Tired of wateriness?!?

Go ahead. Take exclusive comfort in your Earth Wind & Fire then. See how long that'll be enough for you. You'll be picking jewel cases out of the azaleas sooner than you think.

pi said...

not the King Crimson!

Nedddiiiieeee......

(Plus you missed the chance to pun on the Frippery of prog-rock. Maybe a few too many lawnmower fumes?)

Bobby Lightfoot said...

Dude admitting that you _had_ Marillion is th' sort of brave 'n' cathartic breakthrough that blogs were MADE for.

'kay, I feel emboldened. I have...mmm...let me lean over and regard th' collection...I have "X&Y" by Coldplay.

But I can probably trade it in for a UK Subs import.

Dilly Dilly Prog-Head said...

I was walkin' through the park
Dreamin' of a spark
Till I heard the whisper nee-nee-nee-nee-nee
The age of summer long

Then I heard the children singin'
They were runnin' through the rainbow
They were singin' a song for you
Well, it seemed to be a song for you
The one I wanted to write for you
Foooooor you.

You.

You.

Lavender's blue
Dilly dilly
Lavender's green
When I am Queen
Dilly dilly
You will be King

A penny for your thoughts, my dear
A penny for your thoughts, my dear

Are you you for your love?
Are you you for your love?


Are you.....Jeddie? ARE YOU??!!

Simon said...

Uh, you might want to take XTCFan to one side and have some quiet words with him. He's trying to turn me onto King Crimson.

Jennifer said...

Were you wearing an Adrian Belew-esque jumpsuit while mowing the lawn or were you hopping on one foot ala Ian Anderson?

Are you serious? You've never heard "Poke Salad Annie"?

Neddie said...

He's trying to turn me onto King Crimson.

Probably not a difficult thing to resist. I've always found it hard to find a warm, beating heart at the core of Crim music.

Are you serious? You've never heard "Poke Salad Annie"?

Not consciously, no. Having read up on it, it appears to have been part of the Late Elvis' repertoire, and so it's actually very likely that I have, and were I to hear it I'd recognize it.

(Three minutes later...)

Well, this being the Internet Age and all, I popped over to the iTunes Store and listened to a couple of 30-second extracts, and it's confirmed. Never heard it. I can say that if Tony Joe White's version predates 1968 or so, then John Fogarty's got a lot of 'splainin' to do: Looks like the entire CCR career was lifted lock, stock and Gibson ES-335 from that one recording.

julia said...

the Defenestration of Prog

oh, ouch. Ow, ow, ow.

Ouch.

Neddie said...

oh, ouch. Ow, ow, ow.

Finally the reaction I was trying to provoke instead of "Dude, 'Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 2' off Brain Salad Surgery does too not suck!"

Thank you, Julia, for actually getting the joke.

julia said...

under the circumstances I suppose I should have said "the pane"

XTCfan said...

Probably not a difficult thing to resist. I've always found it hard to find a warm, beating heart at the core of Crim music.

Oh, fuck all y'alls. Of course, it depends what version of the band you're listening to -- the '72-'74 band pumped plenty of red corpuscles through its musicular heart.

Come to think of it, the war between Prog and Punk started about 30 Years ago, did it not?

Neddie said...

Oh, fuck all y'alls.

Weird! Not just yesterday, I had occasion to relate to some people how a girl I knew in college, a true Georgia Peach, used to walk into a room and say "Aw, fuck all o' y'all."

My purpose in relating the story was to actually convey the concept, "Fuck all of y'all." They needed to hear it.

Neddie said...

Come to think of it, the war between Prog and Punk started about 30 Years ago, did it not?

What was Television? Punk or Prog?

cleek said...

What was Television? Punk or Prog?

Prunk

and here i finally bought my first copy of Think As A Brick this past weekend. coincidence? maybe there is a fixed number of copies of TaaB allowed to exist in the universe at any one time - until you destroyed your copy, mine could not come to be.

Neddie said...

Thick as a Brick also lost quite a bit of interest for me when they stopped pressing it with the complete newspaper it used to come in. Ah, those pre-Vinyl-Shortage boom days, when a truly extravagant album cover was de rigeur!

Madeline said...

Ironically, someone sent me this post as an example of such a great pun...

...and I'm about to go see Porcupine Tree tomorrow.

Sigh.

Neddie said...

Madeline: I've never heard a note of Porcupine Tree. I grabbed their name out of a Wikipedia article on Current Prog Bands.

Enjoy your concert.

Tom said...

I don't know that I would have bothered to throw out the albums--even if I owned anything by any of the listed bands, which I don't--because, after about half an hour listening to, say, Judas Priest, I'm not sure that I could even hear prog rock. (The sole possible exception would be "Aqualung"--just the title track, not the entire album--which is sort of metal, IMO.)

Anonymous said...

You threw out your Soft Machine collection? They count as the dreaded prog? Even The Concise British Alphabet Pts I & II?