Posts by NoSonOfVine

    Also one thing I need to make clear: While I am pleased Biden and Harris won, I still believe that they are both highly flawed candidates. I've adopted increasingly left-wing views over the years and I now consider myself a socialist. So I am not "fans" of capitalists Biden and Harris. I just think Trump is considerably worse in every way. Biden and Harris are part of the corporate Democratic establishment and the Democratic Party continues to prove that it isn't willing to become more left-wing just because their voters are shifting leftwards; they are a centre-right party and will comprise with the Republicans until the cows come home. Don't get me wrong, they will do the right thing on occasion, but all of the progressive stuff Biden campaigned on will be blocked my Mitch McTurtle and GOP-majority senate.

    Why? Where has it got you, apart from maybe depressed? I didn't bother, and STILL came to exactly the same conclusion as you.

    It's to be hoped that he gets his come-uppance when the tax people etc catch up with him, but frankly, if he just disappears and Brand Trump never gets near any political office ever again, I'll be quite content.

    I followed it out of sheer morbid fascination and interest. It was such a crazy roller-coaster ride. So many twists and turns, and it just got crazier and crazier. Also I have a degree in American Studies and Media so I'm naturally fascinated by American affairs.

    I'd like to add, that I followed everything about Trump since 2017. Every imbecilic tweet, every scandal, every antic, every lie, every insane moment, every unconstitutional disgrace, every psychopathic crime against humanity. Trump is the worst leader of any country in modern history and these last four years have aged me. And I'm not even American! This whole presidency was like an extremely moronic reality TV show that transformed into a multi-layered political crime drama, there were so many times when I had to question reality. So many characters too... Stormy Daniels, The Mooch, William Barr, Kavanaugh...

    A bit late starting this thread but better late than never. "Duke" is 40 years old today!

    With the exception of "Misunderstanding" which I've never been a fan of, Duke is a wonderful album and its two associated B-sides "Open Door" and "Evidence of Autumn" are also very good tracks.

    Duke marks the point where the progressive rock and pop/art/soft rock eras of the band intersect, and as such almost every fan can agree that it's a great record.

    Just realized how cool "Another record" is. Haven't voted for this track, but it's really something else

    That song has grown on me too. The Abacab album in general has grown on me. I used to call it their worst album but now I believe that FGTR more deserves that bottom spot, with Abacab one rankin above it. Still, I enjoy FGTR. Even the worst album by Genesis is a nice little collection of songs.

    Welcome back, and congratulations on finding a community of intent, so to speak.
    It's not easy to make real friends in today's asinine, rapacious world. :) :thumbup:

    Thanks Lazlor, and I agree, making new friends isn't easy. However, I always knew I wanted to be a furry throughout the 2010s, I just couldn't admit it to myself due to insecurity and fear of not being accepted. The community however is very warm, accepting, tolerant and involving, plus very artistically talented.

    I returned to this forum shortly before Christmas, and if you remember I said that I had made a very large number of new friends since I had last logged onto this forum. I'm not sure how many of you remember this but on the old forum I often mentioned my social anxiety and my difficulty in finding friends during university and beyond, and for the most part I only socialised online, mainly on this forum. But after the original forum closed I found myself wanting to make real-life friends more and more, especially in 2018 when I had become depressed from the loneliness.

    So how did I make friends? Well, the answer to that can be found in my avatar! I finally joined the furry fandom, a fandom which to be perfectly honest I had wanted to be a part of for years but never really found the time to get involved in (also, years ago I just had too much social anxiety to even go out and meet people anyway). For anyone unaware of this fandom (although it's become pretty prominent), it's a fandom for people who like animal characters, and I've always been fond of them. What I'm wearing is a fursuit, which are animal costumes many furries wear. I didn't make the costume or even come up with the character but I'm very attached to him. His name is Wasabi, and he is a Star Wars-themed ferret. I know that the idea of furries may sound strange, and it is, but remember that we all enjoy a band where costuming was a big part of the act in their golden age. If Peter Gabriel can be a flower, I can sure as hell be a ferret if I want. ^^

    It's a blessing to finally be able to go out and meet my friends while dressing up and expressing myself as well, and I appreciate the opportunity so, so much. Having friends is something I always wanted and last year my dream came true. Before, I had to rely on old school/uni friends who I was becoming increasingly distant with; I almost never talk to old school/uni friends anymore, they've all moved on with their own lives now. That's why I wasn't on the forum for so long, because I found new friends in furries, but then I felt like I had abandoned this place and so came back. :)

    Yes, it matters to me. I haven't enjoyed a full album of Peter's work since Security; but, to each, his or her own.

    OK :)

    Personally I've become increasingly bored these last few years with trying out new prog rock bands. Which is weird, because several of my favourite artists are of course prog rock. My favourite three are all prog: Genesis, Porcupine Tree and Marillion (although Marillion has admittedly a fair amount of mediocre stuff; however, their best work is magnificent to me, and Hogarth is one of my favourite vocalists). Camel and Pendragon are #4 and #5.

    I'm not undermining prog rock as a genre, or denying the amount of work the bands put into their music, but the older I get, the less music I feel I need. And I find that when I do seek new music that gives me a listening experience that I cannot get from many other places; sounds I've never heard before. Sigur Ros, whom I started listening to in 2016, is an example. I also got into R.E.M. over the last two or three years. Fabulously inventive rock group, easily America's best in my book. Much of the newer prog rock I've tried in recent years just hasn't given me the same happiness and satisfaction as bands like those.

    To be honest, I feel like in this dark and difficult time we're living through, I mostly just want to hear easy music: some nice upbeat rock, a bit of metal, acoustic/folky stuff, ambient music, some nice jazzy chillout/lounge, with the occasional bit of prog thrown in. I've learned that sometimes, the simplest music can be the most affecting. There's just too many prog rock bands out there to explore and it got really exhausting once I'd finished exploring all the classic prog groups back in university and tried to move onto more challenging groups. That was back when I used to post their album covers multiple times a day on the old forum. :)

    But, as you mentioned, this is a matter of personal preference. The prog rock I do enjoy is still awesome at the end of the day. It just nowadays takes a particularly interesting and different prog rock band to impress me, and I prefer ones who don't make too many lengthy/over-complicated songs. :)