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IQ are a British neo-progressive rock band founded by Mike Holmes in 1982 following the dissolution of his original band The Lens. Although the band have never enjoyed major commercial success, IQ have built up a loyal following over the years and are still active as of 2009. Bassist John Jowitt and ex-keyboardist Martin Orford have also been members of Jadis. The Neo-Progressive movement IQ were one of a small number of British bands formed during the early 1980s Read more on Last.fm
IQ are a British neo-progressive rock band founded by Mike Holmes in 1982 following the dissolution of his original band The Lens. Although the band have never enjoyed major commercial success, IQ have built up a loyal following over the years and are still active as of 2009. Bassist John Jowitt and ex-keyboardist Martin Orford have also been members of Jadis. The Neo-Progressive movement IQ were one of a small number of British bands formed during the early 1980s, including Marillion, Pendragon, Twelfth Night, Pallas, and Quasar that continued with the progressive rock style forsaken by 1970s bands such as Genesis and Yes. The music press coined the phrase neo-progressive to describe these bands, often accusing them of simply copying the styles of other bands.

This accusation has been strenuously denied by IQ, which are against of the use of the term "neo progressive"and claim to have a wide-ranging and eclectic selection of musical influences. The line-up From 1982, the line-up consisted of Peter Nicholls (vocals), Mike Holmes (guitar), Martin Orford (keyboards), Paul Cook (drums), and Tim Esau (bass). Nicholls left in 1984 to form a new band, Niadem's Ghost, and was replaced by Paul (P. L.) Menel, but subsequently returned in 1990. Nicholls also created the cover art for most of the albums on which he appears.

In early 2005 member Paul Cook left the band, and was replaced on drums by Andy Edwards. On 20 July 2007 Martin Orford announced he was leaving IQ and was replaced by Mark Westworth from prog-rock band Darwin's Radio. Despite his departure, Martin continues to run the band's label GEP and is still closely involved with the band, although he announced in late 2008 that he will leave the music business entirely and hand over the reins of GEP to someone else (as yet unnamed) in early 2009. Musical style The band's musical style, especially earlier in their career, was reminiscent of Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett era Genesis because of singer Peter Nicholls' vocal and stage-presence similarities to Gabriel and keyboardist Martin Orford's grandiose keyboarding. However, guitarist Mike Holmes' role was far more assertive in the band, giving them a harder edge musically.

After Nicholls' departure, the band's style became increasingly commercial and radio-friendly - albeit without much success - on Nomzamo (1987) and Are You Sitting Comfortably? (1989), although each album still featured some progressive rock-style tracks. Beginning with Nicholls's return on 1993's Ever, the band returned to its prog rock roots, with longer tracks featuring intricate arrangements and complex musicianship. Band members Current members Peter Nicholls – vocals, backing vocals (1981–1986, 1993–) Mike Holmes – guitars (1981–) Paul Cook – drums (1982–2005, 2009–) John Jowitt – bass guitar, backing vocals (1993–) Mark Westworth – keyboards (2008–) [edit] Former members Martin Orford – keyboards, backing vocals (1981–2007) Paul (P.L.) Menel – vocals (1986–1990) Tim Esau – bass guitar (1981–1990) Les 'Ledge' Marshall – bass guitar (1990) Mark Ridout – drums (1981–1982) Andy Edwards – drums (2006–2008) Discography Albums Seven Stories into Eight (cassette) (1982) Tales from the Lush Attic (1983) The Wake (1985) Nomzamo (1987) Are You Sitting Comfortably? (1989) Ever (1993) Subterranea (1997) The Seventh House (2000) Dark Matter (2004) Frequency (2009) Live Albums Living Proof (live) (1986) J'ai Pollette D'arnu (1991) (b-sides and live tracks) Forever Live (1996) Subterranea : The Concert (2000) The Archive Collection: IQ20 (2003) ("official bootleg" of live concert) Compilations Nine in a Pond is Here (1985) ("official bootleg" of demos etc, CD version is abridged) Seven Stories into Ninety Eight (1998) (original 1982 album plus new re-recorded version) 1. Capital Letters (In Surgical Spirit Land) 2. About Lake Five 3.

Intelligence Quotient 4. For Christ's Sake 5. Barbell Is In 6. Fascination 7.

For The Taking 8. It All Stops Here 9. Eloko Bella Neechi The Lost Attic (1999) (rarities) Limited edition Frequency Tour CD 1 (2008) (rarities and live tracks) Limited edition Frequency Tour CD 2 (2008) (rarities and live tracks) [edit] Videos Forever Live (VHS/CD set 1996, DVD set 2007) Subterranea : The Concert (DVD, 2000) IQ20 - The Twentieth Anniversary Show (VHS 2000, DVD 2004) Live From London (DVD, recorded 13 May 1985 in London, 2005) IQ Stage (DVD, 2006) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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