Classic Rock Corner

In Prog We Trust: Five Progressive Rock Bands You Hate, But Shouldn't

There are some forms of music that struggle to find critical acclaim while others are loved by critics but universally dismissed by the public. Then, there is another group that, despite a loyal and sometimes massive cult following, are disliked by critics and everyday music fans alike.

Meet prog-rock, the Rodney Dangerfield of music.

For more than 40 years, progressive rock music has survived on the adoration of a fiercely loyal group of fans, but languished in the purgatory of critical acclaim. Critics, on the whole, don't like complex music. The simpler and more direct the better. Add in lyrics that have more in common with epic poems than the Rolling Stones and insult is piled on injury.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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