History Music / PorcupineTree

19th May '16 9:11:00 AM SinNanna
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17th May '16 4:46:27 AM erforce
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Porcupine Tree started off in 1987 as a psychedelic/space rock band with only Steven Wilson, who was signed to Delerium Records after a period of distributing his own cassettes and passing off PT as an old forgotten FakeBand, like SpinalTap. On Delerium, Wilson released two and a half albums [[IAmTheBand largely recorded by himself with overdubbing and drum machines]] (some songs on ''The Sky Moves Sideways'' were performed by all the band members) before turning PT into an actual band. Their fourth album, ''Signify'', was their first album where all the band members played. Their next album, ''Stupid Dream'', slightly withdrew from the spacy, psychedelic, EpicRocking material on their earlier albums, adding elements of AlternativeRock and accentuating their ProgressiveRock influences. Starting with ''In Absentia'', their albums have started getting heavier and veering into progressive metal territory, although not to the extent of such bands as Music/{{Opeth}} or Music/DreamTheater.

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Porcupine Tree started off in 1987 as a psychedelic/space rock band with only Steven Wilson, who was signed to Delerium Records after a period of distributing his own cassettes and passing off PT as an old forgotten FakeBand, like SpinalTap.[[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Spinal Tap]]. On Delerium, Wilson released two and a half albums [[IAmTheBand largely recorded by himself with overdubbing and drum machines]] (some songs on ''The Sky Moves Sideways'' were performed by all the band members) before turning PT into an actual band. Their fourth album, ''Signify'', was their first album where all the band members played. Their next album, ''Stupid Dream'', slightly withdrew from the spacy, psychedelic, EpicRocking material on their earlier albums, adding elements of AlternativeRock and accentuating their ProgressiveRock influences. Starting with ''In Absentia'', their albums have started getting heavier and veering into progressive metal territory, although not to the extent of such bands as Music/{{Opeth}} or Music/DreamTheater.
30th Apr '16 11:11:18 AM Maxiboy136
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* {{Sampling}}: "Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled" samples a speech made by the leader of the religious {{cult}} Heaven's Gate shortly before they committed mass suicide.

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* {{Sampling}}: All of their earlier albums feature sampled speech at some point, especially ''Signify''. "Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled" from ''Lightbulb Sun'' samples a speech made by the leader of the religious {{cult}} Heaven's Gate shortly before they committed mass suicide.
30th Apr '16 11:06:48 AM Maxiboy136
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* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Up the Downstair'' comes from a spoken line from the separately released ''Voyage 34''. Averted with the TitleTracks of ''On the Sunday of Life'', ''Up the Downstair'', ''Signify'' and ''Stupid Dream'', which are instrumentals, whilst those of ''Deadwing'', ''Fear of a Blank Planet'' and ''The Incident'' don't mention the title at all. Played straight on ''The Sky Moves Sideways'' and ''Lightbulb Sun'', however.

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* AlbumTitleDrop: The title of ''Up the Downstair'' comes from a spoken line from the separately released ''Voyage 34''. Averted with the TitleTracks {{TitleTrack}}s of ''On the Sunday of Life'', ''Up the Downstair'', ''Signify'' and ''Stupid Dream'', which are instrumentals, whilst those of ''Deadwing'', ''Fear of a Blank Planet'' and ''The Incident'' don't mention the title at all. Played straight on ''The Sky Moves Sideways'' and ''Lightbulb Sun'', however.
30th Apr '16 11:05:29 AM Maxiboy136
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* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Up the Downstair'' comes from a spoken line from the separately released ''Voyage 34''. Averted with the TitleTracks of ''On the Sunday of Life'', ''Up the Downstair'', ''Signify'' and ''Stupid Dream'', which are instrumentals, whilst those of ''Deadwing'', ''Fear of a Blank Planet'' and ''The Incident'' don't mention the title at all. Played straight on ''The Sky Moves Sideways'' and ''Lightbulb Sun'', however.
22nd Apr '16 10:56:42 PM CassandraLeo
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* RecordProducer: Steven Wilson does it himself, and has produced other bands (most notably Music/{{Opeth}}). He's also been remixing Music/KingCrimson's old albums for re-release. Other bands he's remixed include Music/{{Caravan}}, Music/JethroTull and Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer.

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* RecordProducer: Steven Wilson does it himself, and has produced other bands (most notably Music/{{Opeth}}). He's also been remixing Music/KingCrimson's old albums for re-release. Other bands he's remixed include Music/{{Caravan}}, Music/JethroTull Music/JethroTull, Music/GentleGiant, and Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer.
22nd Apr '16 10:56:23 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Sampling}}: "Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled" samples a speech made by the leader of the religious {{cult}} Heaven's Gate shortly before they committed mass suicide.
22nd Apr '16 10:50:47 PM CassandraLeo
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* CerebusSyndrome: Seen most from ''In Absentia'' onwards - while there were always darker themes present here and there in their music ("Radioactive Toy", much of ''Signify''), the earlier music was usually lighter, more whimsical and psychedelic, even when the lyrics were dark (compare the lyrics of "Radioactive Toy" to the almost Music/{{Pink Floyd}}ian arrangement). As time's gone on, both the music and the lyrics have become dark and pessimistic. For a good example, compare "Nine Cats" to "Fear of a Blank Planet". Same could be said about No-Man. Steven Wilsons band together with Tim Bowness. Compare "You Grow More Beautiful" to "Mixtaped"

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* CerebusSyndrome: Seen most from ''In Absentia'' onwards - while there were always darker themes present here and there in their music ("Radioactive Toy", much of ''Signify''), the earlier music was usually lighter, more whimsical and psychedelic, even when the lyrics were dark (compare the lyrics of "Radioactive Toy" to the almost Music/{{Pink Floyd}}ian arrangement). As time's gone on, both the music and the lyrics have become dark and pessimistic. For a good example, compare "Nine Cats" to "Fear of a Blank Planet". Same could be said about No-Man. Steven Wilsons No-Man, Music/StevenWilson's band together with Tim Bowness. Compare "You Grow More Beautiful" to "Mixtaped"



** ''Fear of a Blank Planet'': Told from the viewpoint of a teenager in modern day society, isolated and alienated by prescription drugs and mass media. According to that other [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_a_Blank_Planet#Concept wiki]] it was heavily influenced by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Park Lunar Park]].

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** ''Fear of a Blank Planet'': Told from the viewpoint of a teenager in modern day society, isolated and alienated by prescription drugs and mass media. According to that other [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_a_Blank_Planet#Concept wiki]] it was heavily influenced by [[http://en.Creator/BretEastonEllis' novel ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Park Lunar Park]].Park]]''.



* EpicRocking: Oh god, where do we start. In the lengthy but not all too crazy category, Dark Matter, Deadwing, Burning Sky, Up the Downstair, Don't Hate Me, Arriving Somewhere But Not Here, Hatesong, and Radioactive Toy, to name a few in the 8-12 minute range. Anesthetize, Russia On Ice, each half of The Sky Moves Sideways, the full version of Even Less, and the album version of Moonloop are all around 14-17 minutes (with the unedited version being 40 minutes- the max of 2 sides of vinyl.) The full version of The Sky Moves Sideways is around half an hour long, the album "The Incident" is a 55-minute "song cycle" (alongside a second 20-minute disc), and Voyage 34 is made up of four lengthy parts that equal 70 minutes.
* TheFourChordsOfPop: Discussed in "Four Chords That Made A Million".

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* EpicRocking: Oh god, where do we start. In the lengthy but not all too crazy category, Dark Matter, Deadwing, "Dark Matter", "Deadwing, Burning Sky, Up Sky", "Up the Downstair, Don't Downstair", "Don't Hate Me, Arriving Me", "Arriving Somewhere But but Not Here, Hatesong, Here", "Hatesong", and Radioactive Toy, "Radioactive Toy", to name a few in the 8-12 minute range. Anesthetize, Russia On Ice, "Anesthetize", "Russia on Ice", each half of The "The Sky Moves Sideways, Sideways", the full version of Even Less, "Even Less", and the album version of Moonloop "Moonloop" are all around 14-17 minutes (with the unedited version being 40 minutes- minutes - around the max maximum amount of 2 material you can fit on two sides of vinyl.) vinyl before you start risking audio quality sacrifices). The full version of The "The Sky Moves Sideways Sideways" is around half an hour long, the album "The Incident" ''The Incident'' is a 55-minute "song cycle" (alongside a second 20-minute disc), and Voyage 34 ''Voyage 34'' is made up of four lengthy parts that equal 70 minutes.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Every single song on the first disc of ''The Incident'' (if you consider them to be individual songs), plus some others.
* TheFourChordsOfPop: Discussed in "Four Chords That Made A a Million".



* NewTechnologyIsEvil: Steven Wilson dislikes [[{{MP3}} MP3s]] and [=MP3=] players, for decreasing the quality of music and the significance of it, respectively. He takes a few shots at iPods and video games on ''Fear of a Blank Planet''.

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* NewTechnologyIsEvil: Steven Wilson dislikes [[{{MP3}} MP3s]] {{MP3}}s and [=MP3=] players, for decreasing the quality of music and the significance of it, respectively. He takes a few shots at iPods and video games on ''Fear of a Blank Planet''.



* PunBasedTitle: "Fear Of A Blank Planet" is a shout-out to Music/PublicEnemy's ''Music/FearOfABlackPlanet''. Similarly, "The Creator Has a Mastertape" is named for Pharaoh Sanders' "The Creator Has a Master Plan".

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* PunBasedTitle: "Fear Of A ''Fear of a Blank Planet" Planet'' is a shout-out to Music/PublicEnemy's ''Music/FearOfABlackPlanet''. Similarly, "The Creator Has a Mastertape" is named for Pharaoh Sanders' "The Creator Has a Master Plan".



* ShoutOut: "Pure Narcotic" has one in the first verse, to the Music/{{Radiohead}} album ''Music/TheBends''. A slightly less subtle one would be The Sky Moves Sideways, a psychedelic rock album with five tracks, the first and last of which are halves of the titular song. Does this remind any Music/PinkFloyd fans of anything? And ''The Incident'' contains the song "Time Flies", which is about nostalgia and contains MANY musical and lyrical hat-tips to Music/PinkFloyd - ''Music/{{Animals}}'' was the first album Steven Wilson bought as a child. It also has passing references to Music/TheBeatles and Music/JimiHendrix.

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"Pure Narcotic" has one in the first verse, to the Music/{{Radiohead}} album ''Music/TheBends''. ''Music/TheBends''.
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A slightly less subtle one would be The ''The Sky Moves Sideways, Sideways'', a psychedelic rock album with five tracks, the first and last of which are halves of the titular song. Does this remind any Music/PinkFloyd fans of anything? [[Music/WishYouWereHere anything]]?
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And ''The Incident'' contains the song "Time Flies", which is about nostalgia and contains MANY musical and lyrical hat-tips to Music/PinkFloyd - ''Music/{{Animals}}'' was the first album Steven Wilson bought as a child. It also has passing references to Music/TheBeatles and Music/JimiHendrix.
22nd Apr '16 3:07:55 PM CassandraLeo
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* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''The Incident''[='=]s first disc is devoted to the fourteen-track, nearly-hour-long title suite, while four unrelated songs are included on the second disc. The album, at around seventy-six minutes long, is short enough to fit on a single CD, but Music/StevenWilson ''really'' wanted people to think of the bonus songs as unrelated. Averted with the DVD-Audio version, which is all on one disc, and arguably with the vinyl version as well, which is still on two [=LPs=], but the title suite takes three of the four sides.
1st Apr '16 4:06:05 AM Maxiboy136
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* ThisIsASong: The opening lines of "HateSong":

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