amacker (amacker) wrote,

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Pink Floyd ... history mystery beauty and despair ...

... what's not to love?

A friend just sent a querry to a list I am on:
does anyone else here like Pink Floyd?

We seem to be able to listen to nothing else since we returned.
Karen was hoping that David Gilmour would stop being an ass
so that we could go to a huge arena concert. What does this all
say about us?


As i started to respond with the quip above it became more and more clear to me how deeply this band had woven into the fibres of my life it's thread of magic and comfort when bombs are falling all around. "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", is still psychedelic and chilling ... but beautiful.

Electric Orange did a lysergic homage titled The Return of Eugene, Be Careful" on their album "Orange Comuunication" which includes the most amazing scream i've ever heard in a recording.

of course there are various incarnations, but i love most of them
(what was up with Division Bell ?) i know some people loved it, and i love it's meaning:
from Wikipedia:
"Douglas Adams, the author of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, chose the name of the album, being a friend of David Gilmour. This came about because the three band members could not agree on an album title (with both "Pow Wow" and "Down to Earth" being suggested). When Gilmour told Adams about the problem, Adams quickly responded that he had a title, but that he would only tell Gilmour if he would donate £25,000 to the Save the Rhino foundation [1]. Gilmour agreed and the name, taken from a line in the final track, "High Hopes", was suggested. The phrase itself derives from the division bell, which is rung in the British House of Commons, and some other legislatures, to signal the commencement of a division (vote) to Members of Parliament."

When i was walking to the train station from school in London one day in the early 70s I heard some mesmerizing sounds coming from the back door of a concert hall. The back door was open and I wandered in. I saw some guys playing guitar, and drums and stuff. I remember being entranced by the colorful lights that flicked across the stage. They stopped every now and then and talked. I realized there was no one in the theatre. The lighting tech was testing stuff and the band was rehearsing or doing a sound check., I think. Over their heads was a giant triangle with a rainbow through it.

Only a year later or more did i recognize it as the symbol from Darkside. (It was painted on the inside of the abandoned garage where the local kids hung out.) I am still awed to this day. I consider Floyd my "first concert"

"Fearless" is one of my favorite songs in the world. I think it was the first song i ever played on KFJC for my first show in 1990... i might be wrong of course. It was a baillion years ago. "Seamus" still cracks me up. Both are on Meddle. I started listing my favorite songs just now and then deleted them because it was close to encompassing their entire discography. Depending on my mood / state / situation / circumstance at any given time.

I was in awe as Roger Waters worked out his issues with his father's death and the terrors of boarding school and his Country and what WWII did to England, and created the masterpiece that is The Wall.

I was in Italy when Syd Barrett died. I was so sad and alone and no one seemed to get the importance of losing that Crazy Diamond. I heard it on the radio as i was driving some dinky car i had rented (to sleep in, as there were no rooms of any kind available in high season in Pisa when i arrived 3 days early before our apartment in Pietrasanta was ready) and I cried as i got lost on unfamiliar highways amidst incredibly gorgeous Tuscan hills dotted with medieval towns and spires and farms and of course, vineyards.

Then Rammstein that came on the radio cheered me up in a twisted way that i will always love them for... they were singing in German, but i recognized the words at the ends of most phrases... "kerosene" "gasoline" " benzine" "heroin" etc. My 18 year old nephew later informed me that it was the song "Benzine" and humored me by sending me an English translation.

Have you heard Luther Wright & The Wrongs doing the country-fried version of The Wall in its entirety? Each song has a completely different style, each perfectly executed.

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