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Prog stars pick their favourite 80s prog-pop tunes

Bruce Soord, Nick Beggs, Jakko Jakszyk and more pick the prog-pop gems that soundtracked their 80s

Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief)

“Growing up, Quiet Life by Japan had a huge impact on me. I got into the New Romantics after that ship had sailed, and although the band vehemently denied they were ever part of that scene, for me they pioneered it. Quiet Life was drum and bass-led with a bleached blond, make-up-clad frontman. Back in the day, it was essential if you were a muso to go on about David Sylvian, but for me, it was Mick Karn and Richard Barbieri’s unique blend of bass and atmospheric keyboards that set it apart. What Richard was doing with analogue synths back in 1979 was groundbreaking, truly progressive. I just gave the album a spin and it still sounds fresh and relevant today.”

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