Oh man, where do I start? I’ve been listening to Pink Floyd since I was a kid. It started as an obsession over Dark Side of the Moon (go figure) but once I started looking into the songs and the meanings I really, and I mean REALLY, got into Pink Floyd. I can honestly say there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t listen to a Pink Floyd song at some point or another.
The members are (In no specific order):
(former: Syd Barrett: vocals/guitar)
Roger Waters –vocals/bass
David Gilmour –Guitar/vocals
Nick Mason –Drums
Richard Wright –Keyboards/other
The first two albums (Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets) are good, weird, but good; honestly, it’s hard for me to get into them. Atom Heart Mother is better, but still has that super trippy feel to it. I don’t know, maybe I’m not giving those albums enough credit.
Meddle. Yes, Echoes is an amazing song, the rest of the album is great, such as Fearless and A Pillow of Winds, but really what better way to end an album than with a 23-minute piece like Echoes. If you didn’t know, David Gilmour makes the squeaks and weird noises by plugging in a wah peddle backwards, (fun fact of the day). Also, if you haven’t seen Echoes Live in Pompeii, you need to watch it now. BAM! link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGwPSPIhohk
I know a lot of people who don’t care for Obscured by Clouds, but I love the album. I haven’t seen the movie that it was the sound track for, but I have been looking for a copy if anyone knows where I can get one (…assuming people read this…) Anyway, Stay is one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs and The Gold it’s in the… is a good one as well. I really think more people should give this album a good listen.
Onto Wish You Were Here. Classic. Amazing. Beautiful. I can go on, but I assume you’ve all heard it before so you know what I’m talking about. I love this album because (other than Animals) it sticks it to the man. Have a Cigar is obviously about the music industry.
“And by the way, which one’s Pink?”
Welcome to the Machine is a fantastic song. I believe it’s about… well, the machine. The government and the corporations, man. I don’t want to rant so I’ll leave it at that. The song Wish You Were Here always elicits a good amount of emotion from me, even though it’s about Syd Barrett, it’s not hard to think about a woman while listening to the song. It’s not that hard of a song to play, but it seems as if it’s hard to capture the emotion that David Gilmour puts into the song through the guitar. (Especially when you’re some dude on campus playing under a tree trying to pick up chicks, no that’s not me, but I have seen this spectacle before.) Lastly, Shine on you Crazy Diamond (all the parts I-IX) are great songs, but personally I like Echoes more. Shine on is a lot more laid back though, I love the use of other instruments. Pink Floyd has always been really good at incorporating other instruments into their music.
Animals really sticks it to the man, for lack of a better term. The album has an underlying theme that seems to be (and correct me if I’m wrong, really) pigs which represent corporate fat-cats, sheep which represent the overall masses, and dogs which represent the strong people. Dogs is probably my second favorite Pink Floyd song, even though the whole album is f***ing phenomenal. Dogs just really speaks to me. It’s about a guy who is… Well this pretty much says it…
“Who was born in a house full of pain
Who was trained not to spit in the fan
Who was told what to do by the man
Who was broken by trained personnel
Who was fitted with collar and chain
Who was given a pat on the back
Who was breaking away from the pack
Who was only a stranger at home
Who was ground down in the end
Who was found dead on the phone
Who was dragged down by the stone.”
The stone is NOT referring to drugs, it IS however referring to bad blood. Don’t ask me for an explanation, go LISTEN to the song!
Dark Side of the Moon is epic. Don’t argue, you know it to be true. It was mainly written by Richard Wright and it about Syd Barrett. (Some background on Syd Barrett: He was in the band before David Gilmour and was kicked out, went crazy, and spent the rest of his life gardening, painting pictures of flowers, and destroying the paintings because he felt that beauty was transient.)
NOTE: I mean no disrespect to Syd Barrett, if I’m wrong about any of that info, comment and correct me so I can correct it.
I’m gonna come back to The Wall, just you wait.
The last three Pink Floyd albums I have are The Final Cut, which is a little depressing, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, which is good, On the Turning Away is a fantastic song, but it’s also one of the more popular songs on the album. And lastly, The Division Bell. The Division Bell is definitely my favorite of the aforementioned three. With Keep Talking and High Hopes on it, it definitely is worthy of a good listen a couple times through. But A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell both have something missing… Roger Waters. It’s really just not the same, still good, but not the same.
Okay, onto THE WALL.
My all time favorite song is Comfortably Numb, not just my favorite Pink Floyd song, but my ALL TIME favorite song… ever. Yeah it’s stereotypical whatever, bite me, you don’t know me well enough to get into that. The Wall is a story about Roger Waters’ life pretty much. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it right now. The movie is fantastic, the first time I saw it I was in high school, so of course I didn’t understand what it was about, but now that I have a much better understanding of things I cant get enough of it. It’s not just a movie; it was an album first (clearly). It came out in 1979 and is on two records (or discs). As I said, it’s about Waters’ life, how he felt like a Nazi on stage, his school days, a pet rat, his overprotective (to say the least) mother, his father dying in WWII, sex, going crazy on a groupie, drugs, suffering, loneliness, his wife, and coming out of his shell and tearing down the wall. Something people may have wondered, Vera is about a singer who was known as “The Force’s Sweetheart.” She had a famous song in which one of the lyrics goes “we’ll meet again,” referring to the soldiers fighting the war, ergo when Waters sings “Remember when she said we will meet again…” The outro to Bring the Boys Back Home into Comfortably Numb is another amazing part of The Wall. It cycles through clips of other parts of the songs; “are you feeling okay?”
As much as I like the studio album of The Wall, I have a live album “Is There Anybody out There?” part I and “The Wall Live 1980” which is part II, which has my favorite recording of Comfortably Numb on it.
Here’s another link, BAM! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sFyXb8Q9s0
Listen to the studio recording and this recording back to back and you’ll see why I’m obsessing over it. I’m listening to it now and I can’t really focus anymore, so on that note. Thanks for reading another opinionated blog post by yours truly, go turn on that dusty lava lamp, sit back, and turn on some Pink Floyd.