Pawn Hearts – Van der Graaf Generator

Many Prog Rock bands were Prog Rock by accident, Pink Floyd and Hawkwind fall into this category. However Van der Graaf Generator were definitely Prog Rock on purpose, I am pretty sure Peter Hammill sat up most nights with the Prog Rock Manifesto ticking boxes and making lists.
It is a great album with an absolute golden moment of Prog pomposity, A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers. I just realised this tonight but you have to be pretty posh to be a proper Prog vocalist, I wonder if this is in the Manifesto, even the Durham pit village lad, Bryan Ferry pretended to be Posh.
An aside; I had never before considered the obvious psychological effects of shipwrecks on a lighthouse keeper, thank you Mr Hammill for bring this to light.

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