Deeply freaky space-jazz-prog-fusion from The Visitors (1974)


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C - O - D - P - I - E - C - E

 


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How many freaky French bands from the 70s ARE there? I keep finding more.

The rhythm track on the first video is nearly the same as on this classic


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I’m not sure Visitors captures just how deeply freaky French Prog was/is.

Magma - sets nearly 3 decades apart: (First clip cuts off, unfortunately.)



#5

Thanks for reminding me about Vanilla Fudge.


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Sez 1981 in the video. And really, way more disco/Devo than prog.


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This was the soundtrack in Grand Theft Auto 5 when one of the characters freaks out from smoking an illegal substance.


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Too many, yet not enough.





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They’re trying so hard to be German!


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“space jazz prog-rock”

Not at all, it’s a straight up example of an apparently forgotten genre called New Wave. Like the Buggles. At least the first track is, I haven’t checked anything else out.

Calling it space jazz prog rock made me think it would be like the Mahavishnu Orchestra or Return to Forever.


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Rockets are one of my favourite bands ever.


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No, in a French context, that would be zeuhl bands like Magma (see above), ZAO, Eskaton, Weidorje, Potemkine…

Magma - a performance from the last decade, but the piece was written in the '70s and performed regularly since then (just never recorded until much later). If you have a spare half-hour, this has got it all: horns, scat singing, ensemble scat singing, an invented language (Kobaïan), a science fiction backstory, rhythm shifts and clashes, a guitarist channeling his inner John McLaughlin…

ZAO:

Eskaton:

Weidorje:

Potemkine. By Nicholas II they were more fusion than zeuhl.


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