Prog

YOUR SHOUT!

They created one of the first concept albums, used groundbrea­king musical techniques in their work and were arguably ahead of their time. But were Nirvana prog? It’s over to you!

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“Rainbow Chaser was iconic in the developmen­t of psychedeli­c pop/prog.”

DAVID HALL

“Yes! Loved them, quirky and very English. Their hits were Rainbow Chaser, Tiny Goddess and Pentecost

Hotel. Much prefer the second album, All Of Us. I heard an interview with one of their founders a few years ago, think it was Patrick Campbell-Lyons. He agreed that the band should be referred to as ‘English Nirvana’ to avoid confusion with the American upstarts (my words, not his) If you like English baroque and psychedeli­a, you will love them.”

CHRIS RAMSBOTTOM PAMPLING

“I haven’t heard those albums for too long. They are both excellent and will be played tomorrow…”

MARK SHEPHEREDS­ON

“Absolutely up for debate!! Even though I consider them pop-psych.”

DANIEL CARTER GIBSON

“Music was allowed to be diverse then. I loved both albums, bought them from a secondhand shop.” TONY RUSSELL

“My favourite Nirvana: superb sounds mixed with trippy, clever lyrics. Rainbow Chaser is an exceptiona­l track, with their album All Of Us a total psychedeli­c/progressiv­e rock dream. I recommend this Nirvana all the time.”

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“Umm, I barely know anything about the recent Nirvana, never mind the elder one.”

LAWRIE LANGLAND

“Very underrated.” BRIAN STANBROOK

“The track was way ahead of its time.” LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAI­N

“One of the all time great psychedeli­c singles, with Rainbow Chaser, should be much better known than they are.”

PAUL QUINTON

“I really like the song The Girl In The Park, but I don’t listen to them regularly.”

JONATHAN MEYERS

“This band were very important to the teenage Progbob as I heard The Story Of Simon Simopath at a party and it made me aware of the roots of what we called undergroun­d music back then.”

BOB ‘PROGBOB’ MASON

“Love Rainbow Chaser – phasers on stun!” MARK HUDSON

“Nirvana? What the fuck has grunge got to do with prog? Now you’re just taking the piss…” [Er, think you might have misread the post. We did point out that we were asking about the 60s UK band – Ed.]

PETE KELLY

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