Timeline of progressive rock (1980–89)

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This is a timeline of artists, albums, and events in progressive rock and its subgenres. This article contains the timeline for the period 1980 - 1989.

Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid- to late 1960s. Initially termed "progressive pop", the style was an outgrowth of psychedelic bands who abandoned standard pop traditions in favour of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz, folk, or classical music. Additional elements contributed to its "progressive" label: lyrics were more poetic, technology was harnessed for new sounds, music approached the condition of "art", and the studio, rather than the stage, became the focus of musical activity, which often involved creating music for listening rather than dancing.

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Contents

1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989

1980

Newly formed bands

Albums

Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
1980 Jan 14 Rush Permanent Waves Canada
1980 Feb 15 Mike Rutherford Smallcreep's Day England
1980 Mar 3 Gentle Giant Civilian England
1980 Mar 28 Genesis Duke England
1980 Apr Premiata Forneria Marconi Suonare suonare Italy
1980 May 30 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel III England
1980 Jun Steve Hackett Defector England
1980 Jun Cardiac Arrest The Obvious Identity England
1980 Aug Peter Hammill A Black Box England
1980 Aug 18 Yes Drama England
1980 Aug 29 Jethro Tull A England
1980 Sep Kansas Audio-Visions US
1980 Sep This Heat This Heat England
1980 Oct 27 Hawkwind Levitation England
1980 Oct 31 Mike Oldfield QE2 England
1980 Nov The Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card England
1980 Nov Jon Anderson Song of Seven England
1980Abus DangereuxLe Quatrieme MouvementFrance
1980 Ange Vu d'un Chien France
1980Ain SophA Story of Mysterious ForestJapan
1980Art BearsThe World as It Is TodayEngland
1980Asia MinorBetween Flesh and DivineFrance
1980 Beggars Opera Lifeline England
1980 Bill Bruford Gradually Going Tornado England
1980CaiNoche AbiertaSpain
1980 Caravan The Album England
1980 Den Za Den Den Za DenYugoslavia
1980 Eskaton ArdeurFrance
1980 Fred Frith Gravity England
1980 Galija Druga plovidba Yugoslavia
1980Patrick GauthierBebe GodzillaFrance
1980 Igra Staklenih Perli Vrt svetlostiYugoslavia
1980Iman Califato IndependienteCamino del AguilaSpain
1980 Kaipa Händer Sweden
1980 Kayak Periscope Life Netherlands
1980 The Muffins Open CityUS
1980Picchio Dal PozzoAbbiamo Tutti I Suoi ProblemiItaly
1980 Pekka Pohjola Kätkävaaran lohikäärme Finland
1980 Present TriskaidekaphobieBelgium
1980RahmannRahmannFrance
1980 Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes La DeboussoleFrance
1980 SBB Memento z banalnym tryptykiemPoland
1980 Sky Sky 2England / Australia
1980 Tako U vreći za spavanjeYugoslavia
1980WurtembergRock Fantasia Opus 9France
1980 Zamla Mammaz Manna FamiljesprickorSweden
1980 Art Zoyd Generation Sans FuturFrance

Disbandments

Events

Sky were an English/Australian instrumental rock group that specialised in combining a variety of musical styles, most prominently rock, classical and jazz. The group's original and best-known line-up featured classical guitarist John Williams, bass player Herbie Flowers, electric guitarist Kevin Peek, drummer Tristan Fry and keyboard player Francis Monkman.

Francis Monkman is an English rock, classical and film score composer, and a founding member of both the progressive rock band Curved Air and the classical/rock fusion band Sky. He is the son of the late Kenneth Monkman, an authority on the writer Laurence Sterne, and of the late Vita née Duncombe Mann.

Steve Gray was a British pianist, composer and arranger.

1981

Newly formed bands

Albums

Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
1981 Jan Camel Nude England
1981 Feb 12 Rush Moving Pictures Canada
1981 Feb Premiata Forneria Marconi Come ti va in riva alla città Italy
1981 Feb Twelfth Night Live at the Target England
1981 May 11Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar US
1981 May 17Frank Zappa Tinseltown Rebellion US
1981 June Peter Hammill Sitting Targets England
1981 Jul Electric Light Orchestra Time England
1981 Aug Steve Hackett Cured England
1981 Sep 18 Genesis Abacab England
1981 Sep 22 King Crimson Discipline England
1981 Sep 23 Frank Zappa You Are What You Is US
1981 Oct 18 Hawkwind Sonic Attack England
1981 Oct Godley and Creme Ismism England
1981 Oct Saga Worlds Apart Canada
1981 Ange MoteurFrance
1981 Barclay James Harvest Turn of the TideEngland
1981 Mike Batt / AutopilotRapid Eye MovementsEngland
1981 Mike Batt Six Days in BerlinEngland
1981 Cardiacs Toy World England
1981CartoonCartoonUS
1981 Dün Eros France
1981EastJátekókHungary
1981Eider StellaireEider Stellaire (K001)France
1981 Eloy PlanetsGermany
1981Flame DreamOut In The DarkSwitzerland
1981 Fred Frith Speechless England
1981 Grobschnitt IllegalGermany
1981 Steve Howe The Bodast TapesEngland
1981 Kayak Merlin Netherlands
1981Kayak Eyewitness Netherlands
1981Kerrs PinkMellom OssNorway
1981KultivatorBarndomens StigarSweden
1981 Los Jaivas Alturas de Machu PicchuChile
1981 The Muffins 185US
1981 National Health D.S. Al CodaEngland
1981 Pallas Arrive AliveScotland
1981 Quasar Fire in the sky England
1981 Sky Sky 3England / Australia
1981 This Heat Deceit England
1981 Univers Zero Ceux Du DehorsBelgium

Disbandments

Art Bears English avant-rock group

Art Bears were an English avant-rock group formed during the disassembly of Henry Cow in 1978 by three of its members, Chris Cutler, Fred Frith and Dagmar Krause. The group released three studio albums between 1978 and 1981, and toured Europe in 1979.

National Health were an English progressive rock band associated with the Canterbury scene. Founded in 1975, the band featured members of keyboardist Dave Stewart's band Hatfield and the North and Alan Gowen's band Gilgamesh, including guitarists Phil Miller and Phil Lee and bassist Mont Campbell as original members. The band was named after Stewart's National Health glasses. Bill Bruford was the initial drummer but was soon replaced by Pip Pyle. Campbell was replaced by Neil Murray and then John Greaves. Alan Gowen stopped performing with the group after their first album, but returned for their final tours replacing Dave Stewart who resigned after their second album. Guitarist Phil Miller was National Health's only constant member.

Tako (band) Serbian symphonic rock band

Tako was a former Yugoslav progressive rock band from Belgrade.

Events

Robert Fripp English guitarist, composer and record producer

Robert Fripp is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist, founder and longest lasting member of the progressive rock band King Crimson. He has also worked extensively as a session musician and collaborator, notably with David Bowie, Brian Eno, and David Sylvian. He has also contributed sounds to the Windows Vista operating system. His discography includes contributions to over 700 official releases.

Bill Bruford English drummer

William Scott Bruford is an English former drummer, percussionist, songwriter, producer, and record label owner who first gained prominence as a founder member of the progressive rock band Yes. After his departure from Yes, Bruford spent the rest of the 1970s playing in King Crimson, touring with Genesis and U.K., and eventually forming his own group, Bruford.

King Crimson British progressive rock band

King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968. King Crimson have been influential both on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and many contemporary artists. Although the band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history, Robert Fripp is the only consistent member of the group and is considered the band's leader and driving force. The band has earned a large cult following. They were ranked No. 87 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Although considered to be a seminal progressive rock band, they have often distanced themselves from the genre: as well as influencing several generations of progressive and psychedelic rock bands, they have also been an influence on subsequent alternative metal, hardcore and experimental/noise musicians.

1982

Newly formed bands

Albums

Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
1982 Mar 18 Asia Asia England
1982 Mar 19 Mike Oldfield Five Miles Out England
1982 Apr 10 Jethro Tull Broadsword and the Beast England
1982 Apr Camel The Single Factor England
1982 May 3 Frank Zappa Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch US
1982 Jun 1 Genesis Three Sides Live England
1982 Jun 18 King Crimson Beat England
1982 Sep 8 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel England
1982 Sep 9 Rush Signals Canada
1982 Sep Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Ice Cream For Crow US
1982 Oct Peter Hammill Enter K England
1982 Oct Supertramp …Famous Last Words… England
1982 Dec Twelfth Night Fact and Fiction England
1982 Art Zoyd Phase IVFrance
1982 Mike Batt Zero ZeroEngland
1982BegnagradBegnagrad (Konzert for a Broken Dance)Yugoslavia
1982 Bi Kyo Ran Bi Kyo Ran Japan
1982 Eric Burdon Comeback Germany
1982Debile MentholEmile au Jardin PatrologiqueSwitzerland
1982EastHűségHungary
1982 Etron Fou Leloublan Les Poumons Gonfles'France
1982 Galija Ipak verujem u sebe Yugoslavia
1982 IQ Seven Stories into Eight England
1982Isildurs BaneSagan om den irländska älgenSweden
1982 Kaipa Nattdjurstid Sweden
1982KensoIIJapan
1982 Los Jaivas AconcaguaChile
1982Jean-Paul PratMasalFrance
1982ProtosOne Day a New HorizonEngland
1982Radio Noisz EnsembleYniverzeGermany
1982RebekkaPhoenixGermany
1982 Sky Sky 4 - ForthcomingEngland / Australia
1982 Stormy Six Al VoloItaly
1982Third QuadrantSeeing yourself as you really areEngland
1982 Univers Zero Crawling Wind Belgium
1982 Von Zamla ZamlaranammaSweden

Disbandments

Events

1983

Newly formed bands

Reformed bands

Albums

Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
1983 Mar 21 Pink Floyd The Final Cut England
1983 Mar 28 Frank Zappa Baby Snakes US
1983 Mar 28Frank Zappa The Man from Utopia US
1983 Mar Marillion Script for a Jester's Tear England
1983 May 27 Mike Oldfield Crises UK
1983 Jun Electric Light Orchestra Secret Messages England
1983 June Peter Hammill Loops and Reels England
1983 Jul 26 Asia Alpha England
1983 Aug Peter Hammill Patience England
1983 Oct 3 Genesis Genesis England
1983 Nov 7 Yes 90125 England
1983 Nov 18 Ian Anderson Walk into Light England
1983 Nov 30 Bad Religion Into the Unknown US
1983 Ange La Gare de TroyesFrance
1983 Bacamarte Depois Do FimBrazil
1983 Barclay James Harvest Ring of ChangesEngland
1983 Cartoon Music From Left FieldUS
1983 Eskaton FictionFrance
1983 Etron Fou Leloublan Les Sillons de la TerreFrance
1983 Godley and Creme Birds of Prey England
1983In SpeIn SpeEstonia
1983 IQ Tales from the Lush Attic England
1983 Eddie Jobson and Zinc The Green Album England
1983KasekePõletusEstonia
1983 Queensrÿche Queensrÿche [EP] US
1983 Sky Sky 5 - LiveEngland / Australia
1983SkyCadmiumEngland / Australia
1983 Von Zamla 1983Various
1983 Art Zoyd Les Espaces InquietsFrance

Disbandments

Events

1984

Newly formed bands

Albums

Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
1984 Mar 12 Marillion Fugazi England
1984 Mar 27 King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair England
1984 Mar 27 David Gilmour About Face England
1984 Apr 9Zee Identity England
1984 Apr 12 Rush Grace Under Pressure Canada
1984 Apr 13 Camel Stationary Traveller England
1984 Apr 30 Roger Waters The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking England
1984 Jun 25 Mike Oldfield Discovery England
1984 Sep 7 Jethro Tull Under Wraps England
1984 Sep 7 Queensrÿche The Warning US
1984 Oct 18 Frank Zappa Them or Us US
1984 Dec 21Frank Zappa Thing-Fish US
1984 Ange FouFrance
1984 Art Zoyd Le Mariage du Ciel et l'EnferFrance
1984 Bi Kyo Ran ParallaxJapan
1984 Barclay James Harvest Victims of CircumstanceEngland
1984CastanarcJourney to the EastEngland
1984 Cardiacs The Seaside England
1984 Craft CraftEngland
1984Gunesh EnsembleLooking at the EarthTurkmenistan
1984 Roger Hodgson In the Eye of the Storm England
1984Isildurs BaneSagan om den Irländska ÄlgenSweden
1984 Los Jaivas Obras de Violeta ParraChile
1984NazcaNazcaMexico
1984 News from Babel Work Resumed on the Tower England
1984 Not Drowning, Waving Another PondAustralia
1984 Ozric Tentacles Erpsongs England
1984 Pallas The Sentinel UK
1984Pocket OrchestraKnebnagäujeUS
1984 Solaris Marsbéli Krónikák (The Martian Chronicles)Hungary
1984 Solstice Silent DanceEngland
1984 Thinking Plague A Thinking PlagueUS
1984 Twelfth Night Live and Let LiveEngland
1984 Univers Zero Uzed Belgium
1984UppsalaUppsalaFrance

Disbandments

Events

1985

Newly formed bands

Albums

Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
1985 May Supertramp Brother Where You Bound England
1985 Jun 17 Marillion Misplaced Childhood England
1985 Aug 20 Asia Astra England
1985 Oct 29 Rush Power Windows Canada
1985 Nov 11 Hawkwind The Chronicle of the Black Sword England
1985 Nov 21 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention US
1985 5uu's Bel Marduk and TiamatUS
1985Debile MentholBattre CampagneSwitzerland
1985DeyssAt KingSwitzerland
1985 Egg Seven Is a Jolly Good Time England
1985 Godley and Creme The History Mix Volume 1 England
1985HorizontSummer in TownRussia
1985IconoclastaReminiscenciasMexico
1985In SpeTypewriter Concerto in DEstonia
1985 IQ The Wake England
1985 Eddie Jobson Theme of Secrets England
1985KensoKenso IIIJapan
1985KensoMusic From Five Unknown MusiciansJapan
1985Minimum VitalEnvol TrianglesFrance
1985 Patrick Moraz / Bill Bruford Flags England
1985 Not Drowning, Waving The Little DesertAustralia
1985 Ozric Tentacles Tantric Obstacles England
1985Bernard PaganottiPagaFrance
1985 Pendragon The JewelEngland
1985 Present Le Poison Qui Rend FouBelgium
1985 Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat England

Disbandments

Events

1986

Newly formed bands

Albums

Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
1986 Jan Electric Light Orchestra Balance of Power England
1986 Jan 27 Frank Zappa Does Humor Belong in Music? US
1986 Feb Talk Talk The Colour of Spring England
1986 Mar Peter Hammill Skin England
1986 May 19 Peter Gabriel So England
1986 Jun 9 Genesis Invisible Touch England
1986 Jul Twelfth Night Twelfth Night XII England
1986 Jul 14 Queensrÿche Rage for Order US
1986 Sep 13 David Sylvian Gone to Earth England
1986 Nov Peter Hammill And Close As This England
1986 Nov 15Frank Zappa Jazz from Hell US
1986 Ange EgnaFrance
1986Ain SophHat and FieldJapan
1986 Adrian Belew Desire Caught by the Tail US
1986 Bellaphon DelphiJapan
1986 Biota Bellowing RoomUS
1986 Camberwell Now The Ghost TradeEngland
1986 Coda Sounds of PassionNetherlands
1986 Emerson, Lake and Powell Emerson, Lake & Powell England
1986 GTR GTR England
1986 IQ Living ProofEngland
1986 Miriodor RencontresCanada
1986NazcaEstacion De SombraMexico
1986 News from Babel Letters Home England
1986 Pallas The WedgeScotland
1986 Steve Roach EmpetusUS
1986 Shub-Niggurath Les Morts Vont ViteFrance
1986 Swans GreedUS
1986 Swans Holy MoneyUS
1986 Univers Zero Heatwave Belgium

Disbandments

Events

1987

Newly formed bands

Reformed bands

Albums

Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
1987 Jun King Diamond Abigail Denmark
1987 Jun 15 Roger Waters Radio K.A.O.S. England
1987 Jun 22 Marillion Clutching at Straws England
1987 Sep 7 Mike Oldfield Islands England
1987 Sep 7 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason England
1987 Sep 8 Rush Hold Your Fire Canada
1987 Sep 11 Jethro Tull Crest of a Knave England
1987 Sep 28 Yes Big Generator England
1987Abel GanzGullibles TravelsScotland
1987 Ange Sève qui peutFrance
1987 Barclay James Harvest Face to Face'England
1987 Bellaphon FireflyJapan
1987 Biota TinctUS
1987Blind OwlDebut at DuskUS
1987DeyssVision in the DarkSwitzerland
1987 Djam Karet The Ritual ContinuesUS
1987 Doctor Nerve Armed ObservationUS
1987Ezra WinstonMyth of the ChrysavidesItaly
1987 Roger Hodgson Hai Hai England
1987IconoclastaSoliloquioMexico
1987Isildurs BaneSagan om RingenSweden
1987 IQ Nomzamo England
1987NimalNimalVarious
1987 Not Drowning, Waving Cold and the CrackleAustralia
1987 Outer Limits The Scene Of Pale BlueJapan
1987 Premiata Forneria Marconi Miss Baker Italy
1987 Thinking Plague MoonsongsUS
1987 Art Zoyd BerlinFrance

Disbandments

Events

1988

Newly formed bands

Albums

Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
1988 Jan 25 Ali Project Gensou Teien Japan
1988 Mar 4 Devil Doll The Girl Who Was... Death Italy
1988 Mar 28 Kings X Out of the Silent Planet US
1988 May 3 Queensrÿche Operation: Mindcrime US
1988 May 16 Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 US
1988 Jun 29 Voivod Dimension Hatröss Canada
1988 Aug 8 Marty Friedman Dragon's Kiss US
1988 Sep 16 Talk Talk Spirit of Eden England
1988 Oct 14Frank Zappa Broadway the Hard Way US
1988 Oct 25Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 US
1988 Nov Peter Hammill In a Foreign Town England
1988 Nov 22 Pink Floyd Delicate Sound of Thunder England
1988 3 To the Power of Three England
1988 5uu's with Motor Totemist Guild ElementsUS
1988 Cardiacs A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window England
1988 Cassiber A Face We All KnowGermany
1988 Crimson Glory Transcendence US
1988EdhelsStill DreamMonaco
1988 Fates Warning No Exit US
1988GaladrielMuttered Promises From An Ageless PondSpain
1988 Godley and Creme Goodbye Blue Sky England
1988 Steve Hackett Momentum England
1988HalloweenPart OneFrance
1988 Last Exit Iron Path International
1988 Phil Miller Split SecondsEngland
1988Minimum VitalLes Saison MarinesFrance
1988MiriodorMiriodorCanada
1988Nuova EraL'Ultimo ViaggioItaly
1988 Ozric Tentacles Sliding Gliding WorldsEngland
1988 Pendragon KowtowEngland
1988 Sieges Even Life Cycle Germany
1988 Vermilion Sands Water BlueJapan

Disbandments

Events

1989

Newly formed bands

Albums

Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
1989 Feb Ozric Tentacles Pungent Effulgent England
1989 Mar 6 Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite US
1989 May 8 Phish Junta US
1989 May 22 Queen The Miracle England
1989 Jun 5 Peter Gabriel Passion England
1989 Jun Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe England
1989 Jun 27 King's X Gretchen Goes to Nebraska US
1989 Aug 21 Jethro Tull Rock Island England
1989 Sep 25 Marillion Seasons End England
1989 Nov 13 Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 US
1989 Nov 21 Rush Presto Canada
1989 After Crying Opus 1Hungary
1989After DinnerParadise of ReplicaJapan
1989 Biota TumbleUS
1989 Birdsongs of the Mesozoic FaultlineUS
1989 Cardiacs Cardiacs Live England
1989 Djam Karet Reflections From the FirepoolUS
1989 Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry US
1989FulanoEn El BunkerChile
1989HorizontThe Portrait of a BoyRussia
1989 IQ Are You Sitting Comfortably? England
1989Isildurs BaneCheval - Volonte de RocherSweden
1989KensoSpartaJapan
1989 Los Jaivas Si Tú No EstásChile
1989 Phil Miller Cutting Both WaysEngland
1989 Not Drowning, Waving ClaimAustralia
1989Nuova EraDopo l'InfinitoItaly
1989 Quasar The Loreli England
1989Tangle EdgeIn Search of A New DawnNorway
1989 Thinking Plague In This LifeUS
1989 Art Zoyd Nosferatu / F.W. MurnauFrance

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