In the 1980s, a new breed of rock, dubbed neo-prog, helped to resuscitate a fading and once greatly revered sound. Though bands of the neo-prog sub-genre initially relied heavily on formulaic musical devices and compositional approaches pioneered by classic bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They represented a vibrant virulent strain of experimental music that codified progressive rock into a style that successfully incorporated such unlikely musical elements as funk, hard-rock, and even punk.
While 1970s behemoths were tarred as “pretentious and boring” for their self-important indulgence of classical musical flourishes and ornamentation, the ‘80s bands, while less visionary and groundbreaking than their predecessors, tightly picked up on the more immediate hard rock and techno dance vibes of their contemporaries to carve out their own niche in the prog rock universe. Marillion, originally called