|I agree completely about the "extremes" you've noted! And I previously thought about addressing the exact point you made at the end there. The heavy-Prog-people absolutely post far more in the Other Bands section, so I definitely see your perspective, but I still don't agree that they are necessarily in the majority. They are just far more active in that section.|
Why? I've started threads about Elton John, Elvis Costello, Springsteen, Clapton... even Pink Floyd and The Beatles... huge artists that no doubt have zillions of fans here, but the threads tend to end quickly. Meanwhile a thread about Gazpacho will generate a passionate discussion among a small number of die-hard Prog-heads that continues for several pages.
I can discuss U2 and The Who with anyone anywhere... amongst my friends, family, co-workers, etc. But if I want to talk about Panic Room or Grobschnitt, I can only do it here. Add to that the fact that avid Genesis fans are already predisposed to enjoy quality Prog, and I truly believe that discussions here tend to be more specialized to Prog bands, even though multitudes of us--Henry, Lily, Eric, D&O, NoSon, Merryman, Ellen, Squiggly, Liam, Peng, Krissy, you, me, etc, etc--could hardly be considered Prog-only fans.