|11-05-2012, 01:43 AM||#1 (permalink)|
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CW50 - The Bands Edition - No. 7
7. Pink Floyd
3rd Place: 1
2nd Place: 1
1st Place: 0
…we came in?
It started and finished with a heartbeat, with 43 minutes of continuous music in between taking us through the gamut of human life and emotions. The year was 1973, the album was The Dark Side of The Moon, and through it its creators – Pink Floyd – became one of the biggest rock acts of all time.
Monumental breakthrough as it was, Dark Side… was in fact ‘Floyd’s eighth studio album and saw the light of day at the end of an astonishingly prolific period in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s in which they established themselves as the darlings of London’s psychedelic movement. It was an era rich in unhinged genius and, in Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd had the most gloriously unhinged genius of all. One of the band’s founding members, he was the chief creative force behind ‘Floyd’s wonderful – and wonderfully titled – debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the album’s instrumental highlight “Interstellar Overdrive” encapsulating the “space rock” genre of which the band was at the forefront.
It was all downhill for Barrett from that point on, his mental state becoming increasingly unstable and continuing to decline long after his inevitable departure from the band. The post-Syd Pink Floyd, however, was an evolved and even greater beast. The guitar virtuosity of David Gilmour (who joined after the release of Piper) filled the Barret-shaped musical hole while bassist Roger Waters took over as the bands chief lyricist and creative visionary. Somewhat fittingly, Barrett’s mental illness influenced and inspired the lyrics of some of Waters’ most brilliant songs, and the cult around him continued to grow until his death in 2006.
After ’73, of course, the band could write its own cheques and had the creative license to do what they pleased as they continued to redefine the concept album. Wish You Were Here consists of just four epic tracks (albeit one of them – Waters’ tribute to Barrett entitled “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” – comprising nine movements!), but all of them are simply magnificent, with the title track itself being quite simply one of the very greatest songs of all time. The Wall, meanwhile, rivals even The Dark Side of the Moon as the band’s most celebrated achievement – a Waters-created rock opera of extraordinary power and heartbreaking personal reflection. And Gilmour’s solo at the end of “Comfortably Numb” ranks with the most spine-chilling in rock history.
As Waters’ metaphorical wall crumbled, so life imitated art – the cracks were beginning to show in Pink Floyd. Keyboardist Richard Wright left the band, while Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason were barely more than session musicians on The Final Cut, which while officially a ‘Floyd release was ostensibly a Roger Waters solo album. Internal power struggles degenerated into outright hostility, and then into lawsuits. It was the end, or so it seemed.
But Gilmour had other ideas, and two more albums followed under at his direction despite Waters’ protestations. Stripped of their old leader’s lyrical genius, these new records had a more staid AOR sound about them and lacked the stark atmosphere and emotional impact of ‘Floyd’s finest efforts. That said, both records feature their share of highlights, and The Division Bell in particular features some superb songs. And let’s face it – even a moderate Pink Floyd offering kicks seven (division) bells out of the very best output of 99% of bands who’ve ever taken to the stage.
Then in 2005, after more than 20 years of acrimony, the classic Pink Floyd line up – Roger Waters included – reformed to play Live8, giving hope to those of us that never saw them in their prime that we might just get another chance. They’ve continued to tease us – the odd surprise performance here, the odd interview there, but that’s as far as it has gone, and Wright’s death in 2008 put paid to any chance of a full reunion. The overriding feeling now is that we’ll probably have to be happy with what they’ve already given us. Which is a hell of a lot.
I’ll keep dreaming though.
Isn’t this where…
Syd Barrett – Vocals, Guitars – 1965-68
Dave Gilmour – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Keyboards – 1967-96, 2005, 2007
Nick Mason – Drums and Percussion, Special Effects – 1965-95, 2005, 2007
Roger Waters – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar – 1965-85, 2005
Richard Wright – Keyboards, Vocals – 1965-79, 1987-96, 2005, 2007
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
Soundtrack from the Film More (1969)
Atom Heart Mother (1970)
Obscured by Clouds (1972)
The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Wish You Were Here (1975)
The Wall (1979)
The Final Cut (1983)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
The Division Bell (1994)
3 Live Albums, 10 Compilation Albums
Download these songs:
Interstellar Overdrive; Wish You Were Here; Shine On You Crazy Diamond; Comfortably Numb; Another Brick In The Wall; Money
Write-up by The Sean
Watch out, for as soon as it pleases them they’ll send you out to protect their gold in wars whose weapons, rapidly developed by servile scientists, will become more and more deadly until they can with a flick of the finger tear a million of you to pieces
RIP Craigos. A true CW legend. You will be missed.
|11-05-2012, 01:51 AM||#3 (permalink)|
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roger waters does the wall show still, saw it last year
|11-05-2012, 02:01 AM||#4 (permalink)|
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|11-05-2012, 02:54 AM||#5 (permalink)|
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Another blinder from Sean.
Had The Floyd at #25, actually. Doesn't sound very impressive but they saw off some real quality to hang onto the final spot. Was ultimately a toss up between them and The Clash. In the end Cambridge parochialism won the day. That and "Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way" being possibily my favourite line ever.
Always felt inordinately proud they're local boys. In fact, true story, when I first joined the Civil Service back in the day, Syd's Incapacity Benefit claim was dealt with by the Cambridge office. His sister handled all his affairs because the demon Syd was too far fried by then.
- As featured in The Independent.
"This is not the time for namby-pamby promising youngsters who might just do something; not the time for building for the future. Pragmatism rules and they don't come more pragmatic than Rogers."
- Victor Marks makes the case for stiff-legged and stiff-armed 35 year old left-handers in Ashes squads
|11-05-2012, 05:55 AM||#6 (permalink)|
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Sean you should get paid to write up eulogies.
I think there'll sooner be another Bradman than another Warne. - Gidgeon Haigh
[Warne is] the greatest bowler ever produced in this entire world - Muttiah Muralidaran
[Warne is] the greatest bowler of all time - Glenn McGrath
In my opinion Shane Warne is the greatest cricketer who's ever lived - Ian Botham
Warne is the greatest cricketer to pick up a ball ever.
And is the greatest bowler I have ever laid eyes on. - Brian Lara
|11-05-2012, 06:01 AM||#8 (permalink)|
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Indians can't bowl - Where has the rumour come from as I myself and many indian friends arwe competent fast bowlers ?
With the English bid I said: Let us be brief. If you give back the Falkland Islands, which belong to us, you will get my vote. They then became sad and left
|11-05-2012, 06:17 AM||#10 (permalink)|
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Yeah my writeups feel entirely inadequate now too
+ and the buzz surrounds it does +
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in which cribb demonstrates the power of the jinx
|11-05-2012, 06:34 AM||#11 (permalink)|
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My favorite write up so far. Awesome stuff. Arguably my favorite ever band. Had them at 4 and would have had them at 1 a couple of years ago. Time is one of the few songs which can genuinely depress the hell out of me.
Does this mean CW considers Oasis a superior band to both Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd?
Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? – Douglas Adams
|11-05-2012, 07:55 AM||#12 (permalink)|
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Way too low IMO. Great writeup again. Completely agree on Wish You Were Here being one of the best ever, but disappointed at the lack of mentions Animals and Meddle got. I'd say throw Echoes in there as a 'must download'.
And once again, I'm getting writeup envy..
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|11-05-2012, 10:46 AM||#13 (permalink)|
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Great write-up Sean. Despite the fact they were huge when I was in my teens and that all my mates were massively into them, I never quite got it. Still, no doubt they were a class act and spawned a great deal of prog-rock which I liked better, so kudos to them for that.
Gilmour is a god on the Strat though, I will say that.
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