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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night were an English neo-progressive rock band of the 1980s, with their debut LP Fact and Fiction being heralded as one of the most important of the neo-prog movement, along with bands such as Pallas, Pendragon and Marillion. Their first release was Live at the Target, recorded over two days in January. This led to a publishing deal with Neptune - signed in March 1981 - and the initial success of the album prompted Pinnacle Records ...read more

Twelfth Night were an English neo-progressive rock band of the 1980s, with their debut LP Fact and Fiction being heralded as one of the most important of the neo-prog movement, along with bands such as Pallas, Pendragon and Marillion. Their first release was Live at the Target, recorded over two days in January. This led to a publishing deal with Neptune - signed in March 1981 - and the initial success of the album prompted Pinnacle Records to offer a distribution deal which meant the band had product available nationally for the first time. The roots of the band's music lie mainly in Andy Revell's Steve Hackett/Steve Hillage guitar sound, but Genesis, early Pink Floyd and Wishbone Ash are the most obvious influences. It has been said that there is a punk element to Twelfth Night, and while there is a certain amount of aggression, that energy comes more directly from NWOBHM than punk. Geoff Mann's vocal style and lyrics may be laced with anarchism, but he was also a deep thinker and poet, and later became ordained. His words attack the idle non-thinking majority in a cajoling way and the government at a grass-roots level, the 'nonsense of war' - but also support the positive aspects of life, like love. « hide

Similar Bands: Pallas, Pendragon, Marillion, Genesis

LPs
Fact and Fiction
1982

3.5
3 Votes
Live Albums
Live And Let Live
1984

4
2 Votes
Live At The Target
1981

3.5
1 Votes

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