Italian Prog
January 26, 2008 12:55 PM   Subscribe

Italian Progressive Rock, and a few examples of the genre: Locanda Della Fate, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Balletto di Bronzo, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Le Orme, New Trolls, Area.

Sound problems on the Le Orme video, but it clears up.
posted by parki (16 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
posted by rxrfrx at 12:58 PM on January 26, 2008 [1 favorite]

Como se dice "wankery" in italiano?
posted by psmealey at 1:27 PM on January 26, 2008 [1 favorite]

Thanks, the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso video is so awesome!
posted by kolophon at 1:29 PM on January 26, 2008

Heh-heh, the Balletto di Bronzo number reminded me of the Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers' cover of Negative Trend.
posted by Smart Dalek at 1:58 PM on January 26, 2008

What, no love for Picchio dal Pozzo or the Stormy Six?
posted by kenko at 2:02 PM on January 26, 2008

Area don't make much sense without their vocalist Demetrio Stratos.
posted by progosk at 2:29 PM on January 26, 2008

This is some very cool stuff! Thanks for the post.
posted by snsranch at 3:06 PM on January 26, 2008

The words of Non mi rompete of the Banco are good
a rough translation:

Let me sleep, do not wake me up
not if I am a young boy
not if I am a snoring wino

Maybe I'm dreaming of flying free in the wind
There is always time for the sorrow and tears that tomorrow brings
posted by francesca too at 5:29 PM on January 26, 2008

psmealy: Como se dice "wankery" in italiano?

So original and insightful.
posted by Crabby Appleton at 6:13 PM on January 26, 2008

Great post. "Banco del Mutuo Soccorso" has a folkish prog rock sound, I really like it. No nintendo keyboards like dream theater.
posted by hellslinger at 7:11 PM on January 26, 2008

Le Orme, Ad Gloriam

David Holmes, 69 Police

Notice any similarities?
posted by jonp72 at 9:45 PM on January 26, 2008

Now this is a post I wouldn't have expected to see! Well done, parki. What I like most is how the first band listed isn't PFM or Banco or other (more) well known bands, but Locanda Della Fate.

The truth is that I don't listen to prog that much anymore, and my cd book of albums sits, sadly, in storage now. Maybe every few months I would flip through it, if I was in the right mood.

I find that there usually aren't too many prog albums that I still have the interest in listening to. But when I flip through, there's one album that makes me happy that I discovered prog rock, one album that I am certain I'd never have heard otherwise: Locanda Della Fate, Forse le lucciole non si amano piĆ¹. How is it that an obscure Italian band that released only 1 album in the 70s produced such beautiful and easy music?

There are musical pieces that force me to stop and listen, that are too stunning to not pay attention to. I'm sure everyone has their own favorites, but for me, it's mostly classical music - Bach's Cello suites, Rachmaninov's Paganini, and for me, a lot of Philip Glass's string quartets. And then this one prog album.

A lot of prog is incredibly interesting and rewarding, but it is rare that it is so straightforwardly beautiful.
posted by cotterpin at 12:45 AM on January 27, 2008

No love for Goblin?
posted by ersatz at 7:03 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]

(Cover, couldn't find originals with palatable sound).
posted by ersatz at 7:06 AM on January 27, 2008

Hell yes - Goblin! They created some of the most evocative and downright spooky soundtrack music for Dario Argento. Profondo Rosso is my favorite but Suspiria is a close second. They also made an important contribution to Romero/Argento's Dawn Of The Dead (on the European version, anyway - I believe that a slightly different soundtrack was used in the US?)

On the back of my teenage Italian splatter movie obsession I bought one of Claudio Simonetti's solo albums - what a disappointment, 40 minutes of worthless euro-synth-pop.
posted by NeonSurge at 7:28 AM on January 27, 2008

What's sad about prog in general, and Italian prog especially, is that there was only at best a five-year window of awesomeness, and then for some reason it all just turned to crap. One wonders if so many bands would have been written off or fallen into obscurity if certain bands (mostly English, though Banco were also guilty) hadn't stuck around so long and soiled the genre.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:29 PM on January 27, 2008

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