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.

Contents[edit]

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


1980[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
1980 Jan 1 Rush Permanent Waves Canada
1980 Jan Mike Rutherford Smallcreep's Day England
1980 Mar 28 Genesis Duke England
1980 May 30 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel III England
1980 Jun Steve Hackett Defector England
1980 Aug Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu England
1980 Aug Peter Hammill A Black Box England
1980 Aug 22 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 Nov The Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card England
1980 Nov Jon Anderson Song of Seven England
1980 Abus Dangereux Le Quatrieme Mouvement France
1980 Ange Vu d'un Chien France
1980 Ain Soph A Story of Mysterious Forest Japan
1980 Art Bears The World as It Is Today England
1980 Art Zoyd Generation Sans Futur France
1980 Asia Minor Between Flesh and Divine France
1980 Beggars Opera Lifeline England
1980 Bill Bruford Gradually Going Tornado England
1980 Cai Noche Abierta Spain
1980 Caravan The Album England
1980 Den Za Den Den Za Den Yugoslavia
1980 Eskaton Ardeur France
1980 Fred Frith Gravity England
1980 Galija Druga plovidba Yugoslavia
1980 Gentle Giant Civilian England
1980 Igra Staklenih Perli Vrt svetlosti Yugoslavia
1980 Iman Califato Independiente Camino del Aguila Spain
1980 Kayak Periscope Life Netherlands
1980 Patrick Gauthier Bebe Godzilla France
1980 Picchio Dal Pozzo Abbiamo Tutti I Suoi Problemi Italy
1980 Present Triskaidekaphobie Belgium
1980 Rahmann Rahmann France
1980 SBB Memento z banalnym tryptykiem Poland
1980 Sky Sky 2 England / Australia
1980 Tako U vreći za spavanje Yugoslavia
1980 The Muffins Open City US
1980 Wurtemberg Rock Fantasia Opus 9 France
1980 Zamla Mammaz Manna Familjesprickor Sweden
1980 Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes La Deboussole France

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

1981[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
1981 Jan Camel Nude England
1981 Feb 9 Phil Collins Face Value England
1981 Feb 12 Rush Moving Pictures Canada
1981 Feb Twelfth Night Live at the Target England
1981 May 11 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar US
1981 May 17 Frank 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 Nov 16 Kiss Music from "The Elder" US
1981 Ange Moteur France
1981 Barclay James Harvest Turn of the Tide England
1981 Cartoon Cartoon US
1981 Dün Eros France
1981 East Játekók Hungary
1981 Eider Stellaire Eider Stellaire (K001) France
1981 Eloy Planets Germany
1981 Flame Dream Out In The Dark Switzerland
1981 Fred Frith Speechless England
1981 Grobschnitt Illegal Germany
1981 Kayak Merlin Netherlands
1981 Kayak Eyewitness Netherlands
1981 Kerrs Pink Mellom Oss Norway
1981 Kultivator Barndomens Stigar Sweden
1981 Los Jaivas Alturas de Machu Picchu Chile
1981 Mike Batt / Autopilot Rapid Eye Movements England
1981 Mike Batt Six Days in Berlin England
1981 National Health D.S. Al Coda England
1981 Pallas Arrive Alive Scotland
1981 Sky Sky 3 England / Australia
1981 Steve Howe The Bodast Tapes England
1981 The Muffins 185 US
1981 This Heat Deceit England
1981 Univers Zero Ceux Du Dehors Belgium

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

1982[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
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 20 Dire Straits Love Over Gold England
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 IV France
1982 Asia Asia England
1982 Begnagrad Begnagrad (Konzert for a Broken Dance)
1982 Bi Kyo Ran Bi Kyo Ran Japan
1982 Debile Menthol Emile au Jardin Patrologique Switzerland
1982 East Hűség Hungary
1982 Eric Burdon Comeback Germany
1982 Etron Fou Leloublan Les Poumons Gonfles' France
1982 Galija Ipak verujem u sebe Yugoslavia
1982 IQ Seven Stories into Eight England
1982 Isildurs Bane Sagan om den irländska älgen Sweden
1982 Jean-Paul Prat Masal France
1982 Kenso II Japan
1982 Los Jaivas Aconcagua Chile
1982 Mike Batt Zero Zero England
1982 P.L.J. Band Armageddon Greece
1982 Radio Noisz Ensemble Yniverze Germany
1982 Rebekka Phoenix Germany
1982 Sky Sky 4 - Forthcoming England / Australia
1982 Stormy Six Al Volo Italy
1982 Univers Zero Crawling Wind Belgium
1982 Von Zamla Zamlaranamma Sweden

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

1983[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Reformed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
1983 Mar 21 Pink Floyd The Final Cut England
1983 Mar 28 Frank Zappa Baby Snakes (soundtrack) US
1983 Mar 28 Frank Zappa The Man from Utopia US
1983 Mar Marillion Script for a Jester's Tear England
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 14 Yes 90125 England
1983 Nov 18 Ian Anderson Walk into Light England
1983 Ange La Gare de Troyes France
1983 Art Zoyd Les Espaces Inquiets France
1983 Bacamarte Depois Do Fim Brazil
1983 Barclay James Harvest Ring of Changes England
1983 Cartoon Music From Left Field US
1983 Eddie Jobson Zinc - The Green Album England
1983 Eskaton Fiction France
1983 Etron Fou Leloublan Les Sillons de la Terre France
1983 Godley and Creme Birds of Prey England
1983 In Spe In Spe Estonia
1983 IQ Tales from the Lush Attic England
1983 Kaseke Põletus Estonia
1983 Queensrÿche Queensrÿche [EP] US
1983 Sky Sky 5 - Live England / Australia
1983 Sky Cadmium England / Australia
1983 Von Zamla 1983 Various

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

  • John Wetton is fired from Asia in the middle of an American tour and is replaced by Greg Lake.
  • Yes reform with long-time members Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Alan White, recruiting ex-member Tony Kaye who was fired in 1970 and new guitarist, Trevor Rabin to form a "Yes for the 1980s".

1984[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
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 12 Rush Grace Under Pressure Canada
1984 Apr 30 Roger Waters The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking 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 21 Frank Zappa Thing-Fish US
1984 Ange Fou France
1984 Art Zoyd Le Mariage du Ciel et l'Enfer France
1984 Bi Kyo Ran Parallax Japan
1984 Barclay James Harvest Victims of Circumstance England
1984 Camel Stationary Traveller England
1984 Castanarc Journey to the East England
1984 Craft Craft England
1984 Gunesh Ensemble Looking at the Earth Turkmenistan
1984 Roger Hodgson In the Eye of the Storm England
1984 Isildurs Bane Sagan om den Irländska Älgen Sweden
1984 Nazca Nazca Mexico
1984 News from Babel Work Resumed on the Tower England
1984 Not Drowning, Waving Another Pond Australia
1984 Ozric Tentacles Erpsongs England
1984 Pallas The Sentinel UK
1984 Pocket Orchestra Knebnagäuje US
1984 Solaris Marsbéli Krónikák (The Martian Chronicles) Hungary
1984 Thinking Plague A Thinking Plague US
1984 Twelfth Night Live and Let Live England
1984 Univers Zero Uzed Belgium
1984 Uppsala Uppsala France
1984 Los Jaivas Obras de Violeta Parra Chile

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

1985[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
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 Tiamat US
1985 Debile Menthol Battre Campagne Switzerland
1985 Deyss At King Switzerland
1985 Eddie Jobson Theme of Secrets England
1985 Egg Seven Is a Jolly Good Time England
1985 Godley and Creme The History Mix Volume 1 England
1985 Horizont Summer in Town Russia
1985 Iconoclasta Reminiscencias Mexico
1985 In Spe Typewriter Concerto in D Estonia
1985 IQ The Wake England
1985 Kenso Kenso III Japan
1985 Kenso Music From Five Unknown Musicians Japan
1985 Minimum Vital Envol Triangles France
1985 Patrick Moraz / Bill Bruford Flags England
1985 Not Drowning, Waving The Little Desert Australia
1985 Ozric Tentacles Tantric Obstacles England
1985 Bernard Paganotti Paga France
1985 Pendragon The Jewel England
1985 Present Le Poison Qui Rend Fou Belgium
1985 Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat England

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

  • IQ vocalist Peter Nicholls leaves for personal reasons. He is replaced by Paul Menel who debuts on 14 November 1985.
  • Pink Floyd leader, bassist and lyricist Roger Waters leaves due to internal tensions within the band, and declares the band defunct, however the remaining members still continue, releasing A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987.

1986[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
1986 Jan Electric Light Orchestra Balance of Power England
1986 Jan 27 Frank Zappa Does Humor Belong in Music? US
1986 Mar Peter Hammill Skin England
1986 Jun 9 Genesis Invisible Touch England
1986 Jul Twelfth Night Twelfth Night XII England
1986 July 14 Queensrÿche Rage for Order US
1986 Nov Peter Hammill And Close As This England
1986 Nov 15 Frank Zappa Jazz from Hell US
1986 Ange Egna France
1986 Ain Soph Hat and Field Japan
1986 Bellaphon Delphi Japan
1986 Biota Bellowing Room US
1986 Camberwell Now The Ghost Trade England
1986 Coda Sounds of Passion Netherlands
1986 Emerson, Lake and Powell Emerson, Lake & Powell England
1986 GTR GTR England
1986 IQ Living Proof England
1986 Miriodor Rencontres Canada
1986 Nazca Estacion De Sombra Mexico
1986 News from Babel Letters Home England
1986 Pallas The Wedge Scotland
1986 Shub-Niggurath Les Morts Vont Vite France
1986 Univers Zero Heatwave Belgium
1986 Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time United Kingdom

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

  • Charlie Dominici becomes the lead singer for Dream Theater after firing of Chris Collins

1987[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Reformed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
1987 Jun King Diamond Abigail Denmark
1987 Jun 15 Roger Waters Radio K.A.O.S. England
1987 Sep 11 Jethro Tull Crest of a Knave England
1987 Jun 22 Marillion Clutching at Straws England
1987 Sep 7 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason England
1987 Sep 8 Rush Hold Your Fire Canada
1987 Sep 28 Yes Big Generator England
1987 Abel Ganz Gullibles Travels Scotland
1987 Ange Sève qui peut France
1987 Art Zoyd Berlin France
1987 Barclay James Harvest Face to Face' England
1987 Bellaphon Firefly Japan
1987 Biota Tinct US
1987 Blind Owl Debut at Dusk US
1987 Deyss Vision in the Dark Switzerland
1987 Djam Karet The Ritual Continues US
1987 Doctor Nerve Armed Observation US
1987 Ezra Winston Myth of the Chrysavides Italy
1987 Iconoclasta Soliloquio Mexico
1987 Isildurs Bane Sagan om Ringen Sweden
1987 IQ Nomzamo England
1987 Nimal Nimal Various
1987 Not Drowning, Waving Cold and the Crackle Australia
1987 Outer Limits The Scene Of Pale Blue Japan
1987 Roger Hodgson Hai Hai England
1987 Thinking Plague Moonsongs US

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

1988[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
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 8 Phish Junta US
1988 May 16 Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 US
1988 Aug 25 Metallica ...And Justice for All US
1988 Oct 14 Frank Zappa Broadway the Hard Way US
1988 Oct 25 Frank 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 Elements US
1988 Crimson Glory Transcendence US
1988 Edhels Still Dream Monaco
1988 Galadriel Muttered Promises From An Ageless Pond Spain
1988 Godley and Creme Goodbye Blue Sky England
1988 Steve Hackett Momentum England
1988 Halloween Part One France
1988 Phil Miller Split Seconds England
1988 Minimum Vital Les Saison Marines France
1988 Miriodor Miriodor Canada
1988 Nuova Era L'Ultimo Viaggio Italy
1988 Pendragon Kowtow England
1988 Vermilion Sands Water Blue Japan
1988 Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son United Kingdom

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

1989[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
1989 Mar 6 Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite 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 Dinner Paradise of Replica Japan
1989 Art Zoyd Nosferatu / F.W. Murnau France
1989 Biota Tumble US
1989 Birdsongs of the Mesozoic Faultline US
1989 Djam Karet Reflections From the Firepool US
1989 Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry US
1989 Fulano En El Bunker Chile
1989 Horizont The Portrait of a Boy Russia
1989 IQ Are You Sitting Comfortably? England
1989 Isildurs Bane Cheval - Volonte de Rocher Sweden
1989 Kenso Sparta Japan
1989 Phil Miller Cutting Both Ways England
1989 Not Drowning, Waving Claim Australia
1989 Nuova Era Dopo l'Infinito Italy
1989 Ozric Tentacles Pungent Effulgent England
1989 Tangle Edge In Search of A New Dawn Norway
1989 Thinking Plague In This Life US
1989 Los Jaivas Si Tú No Estás Chile

Disbandments[edit]

  • Charlie Dominici leaves Dream Theater

Events[edit]

  • IQ - vocalist Paul Menel and bass player Tim Essau depart.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Lucky, Jerry. The Progressive Rock Files Burlington, Ontario: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc (1998), 304 pages, ISBN 1-896522-10-6 (paperback). Gives an overview of progressive rock's history as well as histories of the major and underground bands in the genre.
  • Macan, Edward. Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture. Oxford: Oxford University Press (1997), 290 pages, ISBN 0-19-509887-0 (hardcover), ISBN 0-19-509888-9 (paperback). Analyzes progressive rock using classical musicology and also sociology.