A fellow blogger at The View From Mort Miley was good enough to write about the Advanced Theory. He wondered whether Royal Trux were Advanced even though they were never particularly successful or influential. This got me to thinking: How important do you have to be to be Advanced? Some people think that Advancement has no rules, and that I just say arbitrarily artists are or aren't Advanced. But that isn't true.
To be considered for Advanced status, you have to have achieved something remarkable and produced great work for an extended period of time. You can't have one great album and qualify for Advancement. It takes years of great, baffling, disappointing, and infuriating music to get there. But maybe there should be a special category for the not-so-well-known artists. I think I will call it Specialized Advancement.
The thing about the Advanced is that they have proven themselves to be geniuses, so it makes sense to trust their judgment, even if you don't understand it right away. Your Specialized Advanced Artists would be the ones that maybe convinced just you that anything they do is great, though they continue to confuse and anger you with their choices. And who knows, maybe they are so Advanced that they never were Overt, so no one got to know them, but eventually the world will catch up, and the band that you love, maybe even Royal Trux, will be remembered as the greatest, most influential band in the history of music. Kind of like the Wyld Stallyns.
But I think the key is that person who judges an artist worthy of Specialized Advancement has to be an Advanced fan in the traditional sense. Otherwise, you're just a guy with bad taste who loves a crummy band no one else cares about.