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  •  Great post, Nyerd... (4+ / 0-)
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    Sinocco, palantir, Translator, Nyerd

    I think the beauty of the "joke" is that the music is so much better than the other "real" concept albums that were popular at the time.

    I also liked the Zappa reference as Ian and Frank definitely could be consummate tricksters and valued high level musicianship without it necessarily being a "show-off" thing.

    I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

    by SherwoodB on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 06:57:26 PM PDT

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    •  So True. (3+ / 0-)
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      TomFromNJ, SherwoodB, Translator

      Here's the Wikipedia page I thought I linked but didn't.

      Thanks to insomnia, I just came up with an apt comparison of what Thick as a Brick is. It's a Sirens Song. Allow me to explain.

      At the time of Thick as a Brick, there weren't too many progressive rock bands back then doing mega concept albums. Yes hasn't released Close to the Edge yet, Pink Floyd released Echoes, ELP had Tarkus, Moody Blues is doing donuts because they beat everyone else to it, etc. And everyone thinks Aqualung is a concept album.

      And this compels Ian (et al) to create the most over the top parody of the genre. Thick as a Brick, as I always understood it, meant stupid (by the way, Translator, i like your take on it). The first lyric is the key to the whole thing "I really don't mind if you sit this one out." To me, that is Ian saying "progressive rock is going to get embarrassing real soon. but you won't know it, and I'll help rope you into it because, well, look at my album cover....... Now I'm going to dazzle you for 40 minutes and put on super epic (90min) concerts versions, sometimes even in the hosts country's native language."

      me 5 years ago: "What do you mean Dream Theater isn't party music? No, don't go!"

      And yet, looking back on this album, and my failure to understand it due to it being "too British for me to appreciate it", the album is deceptively simple. Taking it seriously, perhaps it's the British class system becoming all too familiar here that assists the translation.

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