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The New Abnormal

Aug 6, 2021 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

With ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ

🇮🇹 Il Nuovo Anormale 🇮🇹

A three hour survey of Rock Progressive Italiano




The New Abnormal
7:01 AM
Area - Nervi scoperti
Area Nervi scoperti
Crac! Cramps Records 2013

Area - International POPular Group, most commonly known as Area or AreA, was formed in 1972 by charismatic Greek singer Demetrio Stratos, who sadly died of cancer in 1979 at the age of only 35.


Nervi scoperti = nerves uncovered
7:09 AM
Set Break: over Heldon’s “Aphanisis”


This link leads to an exhaustive database of Rock Progressivo Italiano. 🕳🐇

7:10 AM
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Metamorfosi
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Metamorfosi
Banco del mutuo soccorso Ricordi 1972

One of the most important progressive rock bands to come from Italy, founded in Rome in 1969, and centering around the virtuoso dual keyboard work of the Nocenzi brothers, Gianni and Vittorio.


Banco del mutuo soccorso = bank of mutual relief
7:20 AM
Le Orme - Una Dolcezza Nuova
Le Orme Una Dolcezza Nuova
Uomo di pezza Universal Music Italia srL. 1972

Another of the three major RPI groups, Le Orme (The Footprints) was founded in Marghera, near Venice, in 1966, and are still active.


Uomo di pezza = rag man


Una dolcezza nuova = a new sweetness
7:26 AM
Set Break: over Eclat’s “Nostalgia”

http://www.italianprog.com for more RPI details 🇮🇹

7:28 AM
I Giganti - Largo iniziale - Molto largo - Avanti
I Giganti Largo iniziale - Molto largo - Avanti
Terra in bocca - Poesia di un delitto Peer Southern Productions 1971

I Giganti was formed in Milan in 1964, and was one of the most successful beat groups in Italy during the sixties.


They made the transition to progressive rock, released "Terra in Bocca", a half electric, half acoustic Italian rock opera, and promptly broke up.



7:42 AM
Alphataurus - Peccato D'orgoglio
Alphataurus Peccato D'orgoglio
Alphataurus AMS 2012

Alphataurus was formed in 1970 in Milan, and disbanded in 1973; one of the many unknown Italian bands who suddenly had a recording deal, made a great album, and promptly disappeared into oblivion (in typical RPI fashion).



7:54 AM
De De Lind - Cimitero Di Guerra
De De Lind Cimitero Di Guerra
Io non so da dove vengo, E non so dove mai andro'. Uomo e' il nome che mi han dato Universal Music Italia srL. 1972

From the northern city of Varese, northwest of Milan, De De Lind was founded in 1969, the band named after Playboy's Miss August 1967.


They had this one release, the too long LP titles translates as "I Don't Know Where I'm From And I Don't Know Where I'll Ever Go. Man is the name they gave me."


Cimitero Di Guerra = war cemetery

8:00 AM
Campo di Marte - III Tempo
Campo di Marte III Tempo
Campo Di Marte United Artists 1973

Campo di Marte (named after a quarter of Florence) was founded in Florence in 1971, and disbanded before their only LP was even released.



8:06 AM
Set Break: over Paul Motian’s “Georgian Bay”
8:13 AM
Il Paese Dei Balocchi - Canzone della speranza
Il Paese Dei Balocchi Canzone della speranza
Il Paese dei Balocchi WMI Italy 1972

Il Paese Dei Balocchi (The Land of Toys) was founded in Rome in 1971, realized one LP, then disbanded in 1974.



Canzone della speranza = song of hope

8:17 AM
Semiramis - La Bottega Del Rigattiere
Semiramis La Bottega Del Rigattiere
Dedicato a Frazz Trident 1973

Semiramis was a teenagers five-piece band from Rome, formed in 1970, released one LP in 1973, and broke up in 1974. The singer was only 16. The band's name "Semiramis" comes from Assyrian legend.



La Bottega Del Rigattiere = Second Hand Shop

8:24 AM
Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno - Sogni Di Cristallo
Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno Sogni Di Cristallo
Per... Un Mondo Di Cristallo WM Italy 1972

Raccomandata Con Ricevuta Di Ritorno (often abbreviated RRR) was founded in Rome in 1972. Like so many other RPI groups, they vanished after releasing one record.


Raccomandata Con Ricevuta Di Ritorno = Registered mail with return receipt (typically a long and random RPI name)


Sogni Di Cristallo = crystal dreams

8:30 AM
Montefeltro - Il prescelto
Montefeltro Il prescelto
Il tempo di far la fantasia Musea 1992

Montefeltro originated in the early 1990s, taking its name from the Duke Frederico of Montefeltro.


Il tempo di far la fantasia = make your imagination run wild

Il prescelto = the chosen one

8:36 AM
Set Break: over Michael Brook’s “Hawaii”


8:40 AM
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Per Un Amico
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Per Un Amico
Per un amico - EP RCA Records Label 1972

Premiata Forneria Marconi (Award-Winning Marconi Bakery), founded in Milan in 1970, is probably the most successful RPI group, and is still active even through they have changed musical direction.



Per Un Amico = for a friend

They released 2 LPs in 1972; this is their 2nd.

8:46 AM
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Photos of Ghosts
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Photos of Ghosts
Photos of Ghosts Atlantic 1973

To break into the western market, PFM recorded several English versions of their LPs. This was the first, mostly reworking of older songs. The title track "Photos of Ghosts" was an English reworking of "Per Un Amico".



8:48 AM
Set Break: Over Mattias Ia Eklundh’s “Larvatus Prodeo”


8:49 AM
Perigeo - Non C'e' Tempo Da Perdere
Perigeo Non C'e' Tempo Da Perdere
Abbiamo tutti un Blues da piangere RCA Records Label 1973

Perigeo was founded in Rome in 1971, and managed to release 8 studio and 3 live records before disbanding in 1981. Their music is closer to jazz that most other RPI groups. All the Perigeo members have had long careers as session men.


Abbiamo tutti un Blues da piangere ~ we all have to cry the blues


Non C'e' Tempo Da Perdere = no time to lose

8:58 AM
Maxophone - Al mancato compleanno di una farfalla
Maxophone Al mancato compleanno di una farfalla
Maxophone AMS 2009

Maxophone, from Milan, formed in 1973 as a six-piece with an unusual assortment of instruments, due to their past experience as music students. Their one LP was released in 1975 and went largely unnoticed.



They recorded an English version of the LP, but it did not lead to any success. The original Italian version is considered better.

Al mancato compleanno di una farfalla = to the missed birthday of a butterfly

9:04 AM
Quella Vecchia Locanda - Dialogo
Quella Vecchia Locanda Dialogo
Quella Vecchia Locanda RCA Records Label 1972

Quella Vecchia Locanda (that old inn) from Rome, released 2 LPs during their time from 1970-1974.



9:07 AM
Museo Rosenbach - Della natura
Museo Rosenbach Della natura
Zarathustra Ricordi 1973

Museo Rosenbach was founded in Bordighera in 1971. They released the Zarathustra LP and then disbanded in 1974.



9:16 AM
Set Break: over “Tel rit au main (Qui rit au matin, pleure le soir)” by the Vital Duo


Here's the ProgArchives link with loads of 🇮🇹 RPI info. 🕳🐇

This next set features modern RPI groups.

9:18 AM
Conqueror - Fino al limite
Conqueror Fino al limite
In orbita Ma.Ra.Cash Records 2019

Conqueror was founded in Santa Teresa di Riva, Sicily in 1994. This track is from their most recent release in 2019.



9:25 AM
Il bacio della medusa - Nostalgia, pentimento e rabbia
Il bacio della medusa Nostalgia, pentimento e rabbia
Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante Black Widow Records 2008

Il Bacio Della Medusa” (Medusa's Kiss) was founded in Perugia in 2002. This is from their 2nd release from 2008, "Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante" (Descent to the underworld of a young lover).



9:35 AM
Lagartija - Sospesa
Lagartija Sospesa
Ricordi? s/r 2009

Lagartija are a 5-piece band from Piacenza, formed in 2008. This is from their debut. The band members come from diverse musical backgrounds which flavors their music well. All claim affection for progressive rock and Radiohead.



9:40 AM
Deus Ex Machina - Devoto
Deus Ex Machina Devoto
Devoto Cuneiform Records 2016

Deus Ex Machina had their first release in 1991. Devoto is their most recent, from 2016.



9:46 AM
Set Break: over “Promesse” by Jean Pascal Boffo
9:49 AM
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - L'isola Di Niente
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) L'isola Di Niente
L'isola di Niente RCA Records Label 1974


The title track to their 4th release ("The Island of Nothing"), from 1974. They also released an English version with the same track listing, called "The world became the world" with lyrics by Pete Sinfield.


Chat is archived.
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 7:01:02 AM
Buon giorno!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 7:01:31 AM
3 hours of 🇮🇹 Rock Progressivo Italiano coming up.
Captain Ahab 7:01:40 AM
ciao ciao e buona mattina!
Rob from Maryland 7:02:16 AM
Buon giorno, Davide! Come stai questa mattina?
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 7:02:24 AM
Good morning, Cap'n! Are you up late, or really really early?
Captain Ahab 7:02:42 AM
~let's just say i am in another time zone~
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 7:03:21 AM
BUON GIORNO, DJ DaveTheObscure!!
Rob from Maryland 7:03:22 AM
*stamattina even
Captain Ahab 7:03:25 AM
where it happens to be 2pm
Rob from Maryland 7:03:46 AM
Mornin' Mr M, I hope you get/got some sleep!
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 7:04:06 AM
Greetings and Salutations to One and All!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 7:04:21 AM
Molto bene.
Captain Ahab 7:04:39 AM
spero che oggi parliamo sono in italiano si??
Captain Ahab 7:04:46 AM
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 7:04:57 AM
No sleep for this ZombieVampyre.
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 7:05:04 AM
Welcome, Rob and Mr. M.
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 7:05:37 AM
Hi, DJ Captain Ahab!!
Captain Ahab 7:05:50 AM
Ciao signor M!
Rob from Maryland 7:05:52 AM
Captain Ahab, è possible
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 7:06:27 AM
non parlo italiano 😞
Rob from Maryland 7:07:33 AM
Studiavo italiano, ma molti (molti) anni fa
Rob from Maryland 7:07:43 AM
So I will revert to English
Christine 🦊 7:08:01 AM
buongiorno a tutti 🌄 Hello Dave the Obscure, Cap'n Ahab, Rob, MrMalcontent 💀, at al
Rob from Maryland 7:08:33 AM
Buon giorno, Christine!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 7:08:45 AM
¡ ǝui̩ʇsi̩ɹɥꓛ `ᵷui̩uɹoɯ poo⅁
Captain Ahab 7:10:32 AM
Ciao Christine!
Rob from Maryland 7:11:02 AM
Hello Captain
Captain Ahab 7:11:46 AM
ciao roberto di maryland!
Captain Ahab 7:11:51 AM
ok ill stop now
Rob from Maryland 7:12:58 AM
Günaydın, Captain
Captain Ahab 7:13:37 AM
ooo günaydın Rob Bey!
Rob from Maryland 7:13:40 AM
Rob from Maryland 7:14:46 AM
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 7:14:52 AM
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 7:17:04 AM
DJ DaveTheObscure, great selections to start the show!! Cheers!!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 7:17:33 AM
It's hard to go wrong with RPI! So much great music.
Rob from Maryland 7:17:57 AM
Captain, I hope you're not too close to fires where you are
Bluskun 7:18:54 AM
Wonder if my Italian neighbor listens to this stuff...
Rob from Maryland 7:19:17 AM
Bluskin, play it really loud and find out?
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 7:19:54 AM
Good morning, Bluskun! I think most Italians even are unaware of RPI.
Captain Ahab 7:32:34 AM
Hey Rob, I actually came from Bodrum to Istanbul on Wednesday. My parents live in Bodrum but not dangerously close to the fires, keeping an eye on the situation
Captain Ahab 7:32:57 AM
Thanks for your concern
Teresa Peacock 8:05:52 AM
Buongiorno a tutti! @Captain Ahab -- Auguri (un po' tardi) per il tuo centocinquantesimo appuntamento di DC! <3 Che musica bellissima, @Davide L'Oscuro!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 8:06:55 AM
Grazie, Teresa!
Christine 🦊 8:07:15 AM
Morning, Teresa 🌄
DSM 8:22:31 AM
These are teenagers?!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 8:22:56 AM
DSM 8:23:26 AM
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 8:23:47 AM
15 when they formed the group, maybe 18 when they recorded.
Elliot Wilson 8:25:44 AM
Morning, Δαυε! VERY excited for this show
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 8:26:09 AM
Thanks, Elliot! Glad you are able to catch it.
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 8:26:51 AM
I'm going to be mis-announcing the RRR LP. It is not "Nulla", but "Per... Un Mondo Di Cristallo". Oops.
Christine 🦊 8:37:07 AM
This is pretty astounding. Perhaps there will be a RPI, Parte Secondo?
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 8:38:03 AM
Si, si. At least one hour more next week. More likely 2 hours. Too much music to ignore.
Rob from Maryland 8:39:26 AM
I'm looking forward to next week, and hope that I can listen
Elliot Wilson 8:40:55 AM
"And you still probably didn't hear them"! Brilliant
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 8:43:42 AM
Somebody has to push RPI on you all. I suppose it's going to be me.
Christine 🦊 8:44:47 AM
The world needs to know!
DSM 8:45:07 AM
I needs to know! Haha
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 8:45:34 AM
Exactly, Christine. The more RPI I hear, the more I am amazed that it gets absolutely no attention.
DSM 8:48:50 AM
Not as good in English at all!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 8:49:41 AM
Yeah, those English versions are best avoided.
Teresa Peacock 8:58:34 AM
Hi again! Sorry it took me so long to respond -- I just got back from taking my son to his day program. I find that people who are big fans of RPI really like it to the exclusion of all other music though. For example; there's the Neapolitan group Balletto Di Bronzo that began as a straight-up hard rock group in the same vein as Led Zeppelin, The James Gang, etc. They subsequently fired their original singer and re-formed as a RPI. Both albums they put out are excellent and very different from
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 8:59:47 AM
Next week I am definitely playing Il Balletto Di Bronzo.
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:01:45 AM
From the 2nd LP "Ys". And you know me, I'll never exclude other music.
Teresa Peacock 9:02:30 AM
...one another. But lovers of RPI have nothing but the most scathing criticisms of that first non-RPI album (at least, that's what I've witnessed on Amazon.com and in the blogosphere...)
Triquelli 9:02:59 AM
Il Balletto di Bronzo is divisive but I'm very much on the pro side of the argument. The vocals on "Ys" never bothered me until someone said he couldn't stand them, then I realized they are actually quite nasal and shrill.
Triquelli 9:04:47 AM
P.S I only like Ys not Sirio 2222 fwiw
Teresa Peacock 9:07:34 AM
Yeah, I love "Ys" but I also love "Sirio 2222", I must admit! I've noticed that RPI generally has a HUGE fan following in Brazil! I think there are a lot of affinities between the languages and the musical cultures so it makes sense.
Triquelli 9:09:36 AM
All the pictures today are of males. There are a very few female vocal RPI bands. Opus Avantra, Saint Just, Pierrot Lunaire.
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:13:28 AM
@Triquelli, you are correct. RPI is male dominated. The next set has 2 groups with female vocalists. And more next week
Teresa Peacock 9:14:07 AM
I'm SO THRILLED that there will be a second installment of RPI next week! WOO-HOO!!!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:14:57 AM
Glad you are enjoying, Teresa! And I shouldn't be surprised that you are already familiar with RPI.
Teresa Peacock 9:17:38 AM
btw, @DaveTheObscure, your Italian pronunciation has been excellent throughout! <3
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:18:28 AM
Thanks, Teresa. I did a bit of preparation so not to embarrass myself.
Andy Wing 9:20:40 AM
Hearing some good musical memories of the old Diaspar program on WXPN in the 80's. Le Orme, Perigeo, etc. Got any Cincinnato or Franco Battiato?
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:22:21 AM
Good morning, Andy. I have fond memories of Diaspar as well. Could not fit in any Cincinnato or Franco Battiato.
Rob from Maryland 9:29:55 AM
Dave, thanks for this fantastic show! Sadly, I think I have to go on to other things right now. Bye everyone
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:31:40 AM
Thanks, Rob. Later.
Captain Ahab 9:33:00 AM
Eri bravissimi Davide, I'm off for now but looking forward to next week's installment! Arrivederci
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:33:36 AM
Thanks, Cap'n!
Christine 🦊 9:34:06 AM
Chat later, Cap'n Ahab & Rob
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 9:46:40 AM
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:47:20 AM
I'll see what I can do about playing some Franco Battiato next week.
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 9:48:22 AM
DSM 9:51:02 AM
Thanks for sharing your RPI knowledge DTO, much enjoyed!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:51:32 AM
Thanks, DSM. Happy to share.
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:51:59 AM
Grateful to WPRB for allowing me this privilege.
Tim Kilgannon 9:52:00 AM
Great stufg
Tim Kilgannon 9:52:11 AM
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:52:15 AM
Hey, Tim! Thanks.
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 9:52:41 AM
Looking forward to the next installment and all the advertising we’ll do during the week in the chats!! Biggest cheers to you, DJ DaveTheObscure! Excellent show! Kind regards!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:53:04 AM
Thanks, Mr. M!
Andy Wing 9:55:15 AM
Great show!
Bud Burroughs 9:56:07 AM
Great stuff today! It's amazing how many RPI bands are still active.
Christine 🦊 9:56:53 AM
Thank you, Professor Dave. Fantastic show! 💯 I'm looking forward to next Friday's New Abnormal.
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:56:53 AM
Thanks, Andy!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:57:19 AM
Yes, Bud, against all odds, some survived.
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 9:57:35 AM
Thank you , Christine!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ (host) 10:00:04 AM
Thanks for listening, and participating in the chat. Stay tuned to ‘PRB for Summer Connection with Anika.