To try to better understand the appeal of surprise vote-leader (as of this writing) Chris Squire I examined the early Yes performance in this clip… OK, Chris is tall and lean. I know some folks dig that Look. His hair is in good shape at this point. He plays a long-necked bass, which may tap into some virility rites along the lines of the fertility symbolism among women bassists, examined here. What this clip really gets me thinking about, though, is the shocking lack of support for prog-rock’s “cute” one, Jon Anderson. I figured he garner a ton of votes from female prog-rock fans who crossed over to the genre thanks to the band’s version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.” Women always loved Paul Simon, didn’t they – or is it just my wife who thinks young Paul Simon is adorable?
So what else might Squire (definitely not my type) possess? How about a triple-neck bass and a penchant for stage wear that says, Sure, I know I’m large, but why shouldn’t I be larger than life? Squire’s always been a flashy dresser and, along with on-and-off bandmate Rick Wakeman, a proud wearer of capes, shawls, and something resembling a tattered shower curtain. Here he’s fashioned an outfit out of the upholstery from a Southwesten-style couch. And did the artist Christo begin some work on him in this shot?
Squire was also known for some flashy footwear, most likely making him the favorite of Carrie Bradshaw and friends.
Next, mannish boy Carl Palmer.