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Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:31 pm
by Adam Blake
AndyM wrote:Also, borderline animal abuse.


Dog owners, is that a happy dog? I don't know much about dogs but Seamus looks like he's having a pretty good time in the 1:53 that the clip goes on faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar too long.

I think my original query has got a bit lost. I can understand why The Beatles, or Jimi Hendrix, or Black Sabbath for that matter have such durability across the generations but Pink Floyd perplex me somewhat. For myself, I am very fond of their early work - the Syd Barrett stuff and the stuff immediately influenced by it - but find the later, multi-million selling work less appealing, for most of the reasons outlined above. I can see why The Eagles might be perennially popular, or the dreaded Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, but the Floyd? Their tunes just aren't that good. Anyway, I daresay it's an unanswerable conundrum and, as Norman suggests, not worth so much attention.

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:17 pm
by AndyM
NormanD wrote:Nah, far too much analysis.


Isn't that what discussions are for ??

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:42 pm
by David Flower
At a certain point in time for me and friends the Floyd did epic at a time no-one else did. Unless maybe you were into the dreaded progrock which we certainly weren't. Suitably prepared we had epic nights at late night cinema showings watching Live at Pompeii or Crystal Voyager the surf movie soundtracked by the Meddle album. We'd never seen anything like this before.
And sitting at Knebworth building rockets (as I assume Elbow are referring to) for the full performance of Dark Side, complete with Spitfire zooming down over our heads to crash into the stage (or did we imagine that?) with handy supports by Steve Miller and Beefheart. As I say , epic, at a time when epic was very welcome. Maybe that lives on for others.

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:11 pm
by Adam Blake
New developments: The same student came back this week. After an hour or so of wrestling with "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", I insisted he listen to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EEZAivzl1Q

The results were impressive. When he had composed himself he took down the details and added it to his Spotify Playlist (whatever that is) on his iPad (whatever that is) and went away with a decided spring in his step.

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:03 pm
by NormanD
Let's bring this thread together with the "Live" one about Judy Dyble's new album.

What better way than this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRKpACFLF4c

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:56 pm
by Pete Fowler
Just as you cannot argue with a teenage erection, so you cannot argue with teenage taste. There’s that eternal moment when you decide to be someone who is not your parents; and this can lead to all kinds of bizarre turnings.

Surely we’ve learned by now: it hit me like a ton of bricks when teenage girls I was teaching in Tottenham suddenly latched onto David Cassidy and Donny Osmond. No, I realised: the next generation did not begin their adolescence from where our adolescence ended: the whole cycle was renewed. They began from a standpoint, and a context, that was, literally, beyond my understanding.

Incidentally, the keyboards player of Pink Floyd, Rick Wright, was the Head Choirboy of the church where I was confirmed as a 13 year old, St Anselms in Hatch End. He must have been three years older; and I will never forget seeing him, drunk and sixteen, and very much not in his church gear, screaming out Good Golly, Miss Molly on the Hatch End high street. Standing by what I saw as a very posh bike with its derailleur gears.

So, at sixteen, the guy had taste. The dark side of his moon was, for at least a couple of years, not even on the radar of a young lad who had discovered, instead, the light of the silvery moon that Little Richard so gloriously ripped into.

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:05 pm
by Adam Blake
Nice Pete, nice. Except that this young lad almost certainly discovered Pink Floyd from his dad's record collection...

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:49 pm
by Rob Hall
Adam Blake wrote:...I insisted he listen to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EEZAivzl1Q

The results were impressive...

I see that one of the producers of that gem was J. Henry Burnett. Wikipda tells me that he was also the drummer. Given that he was also the man who, allegedly, converted Bob Dylan to christianity, I reckon he's got a lot to answer for (even if he did produce Willie Dixon's final masterpiece).

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:47 am
by NormanD
On the "Rolling Thunder" tour when Dylan took up the call, Burnett and Kinky Friedman used to stage chess matches that they'd fix and clean up on, Bilko-style. The Kinkster was previously a Junior Chess Master.

Christianity may be a passing phase, but Bilko-style is forever. As may be the Floyd.

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:45 pm
by NormanD
And while I'm at it, here's another good 'un from them. A b-side too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TNlXSIpzP4

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:47 pm
by Adam Blake
And on it goes...

Busking on Sunday afternoon, I was waylaid by two drunken tramps. One pulled out a harmonica and played tunelessly along for a bit while his friend cajoled me to play some Pink Floyd. "Bollocks", I said politely. They laughed graciously. "I knew that was coming", said the one with the harmonica. "'Comfortably Numb'", requested the other. "So I can see", I said, all smartarse. "Ya know that, bro", they chuckled and shambled off, looking more and more like Vladimir and Estragon by the second.

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:13 pm
by john poole
Back in 1967 when they were almost a pop group, although already one person looks as if he'd maybe rather be somewhere else.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nw5JFJmywo

Happy Birthday Adam.

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:26 pm
by Adam Blake
Oh Sydney, Sydney... Once bitten, forever smitten.

Thanks John.

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:52 pm
by will vine
My nine year old grandson will be spending a week with us from tomorrow. He tells me he'll be bringing his Jurassic Park dvd, which I've been promising to watch for months, and a Pink Floyd cd. I hope it's Umma Gumma though I suspect not. I never got further than Umma Gumma. Anyway, It'll be fun getting acquainted with something new.

Re: The endlessness of Pink Floyd

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:29 pm
by Adam Blake
I've just remembered this which is quite fun. From livelier days, perhaps:

viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13036&hilit=pink+floyd