Obscure Grooves #12: Animal Music
Aera - "Elephen Elephants"
Aera was a German progressive rock band that lasted from around 1975 - 1982. They specialized in the drugged out instrumental stuff that stoners loved back in the day. This sort of heavy duty prog is not for everyone - if you're looking for something melodic and catchy, you may want to go listen to Elton John or something.This will be torture for you.
Question: Have you ever met a female that enjoyed prog rock? I'm not being facetious - I've never honestly met one (other than the kind that pretends to for the sake of her rock snob boyfriend). It's like The Three Stooges and Monty Python - you simply have to have a Y chromosome to appreciate it.
Nosferatu - "Willie the Fox"
More Krautrock from the seventies. These guys are sinfully underrated. Their music has been described as a "deep and trippy atmosphere". Indeed.
Ten Years After - "Hard Monkeys"
Everyone's heard "I'd Love to Change the World" and seen guitar genius Alvin Lee in Woodstock footage, but yet they never really got much name recognition in the States. Okay, it may not be prog, but this 1971 song is pure classic rock gold.
The Move - "Brontosaurus"
This song is significant not because it was covered by both Cheap Trick and Tim Curry (!), but because it marks the beginning of Jeff Lynne's time with the Move, a band that would soon metamorphosize into the Electric Light Orchestra. Also, it's a damn good song.