Based on my brother Thomas’s recommendation, I really like Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast. At first I found Maron to be kind of coarse and hard to listen to, but then I realized that his personality really has an authentic way of opening up his interviewees somehow.
Maron recently interviewed Steve Albini, and I was a bit surprised by some of Albini’s opinions about prog.
First, he said that he wasn’t really a fan of prog (this wasn’t really a surprise), but he did say that he admires (I’m paraphrasing) that prog was sort of an act of rebellion at the time, on the “fringes” of rock.
But second, he said that he recently listened to the song ‘Roundabout’ by Yes and came to the following conclusion: the song is “essentially the entire career of the band Rush condensed and executed to perfection.”
His claim was, basically, that Yes masterfully and perfectly accomplished in 8 1/2 minutes what Rush was trying to do with their entire careers.
What do you think of this claim?