I’ve always loved Pink Floyd and I don’t mean the hip Pink Floyd of the Syd Barrett days which is acceptable to name drop without being laughed out the pub. That stuff is okay, well most of it but if you ask me the world could have done without Bike or Gnome; the stuff I love is the over blown pomposity of Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall and The Final Cut. I make no apologies for this and neither do I find it in the slightest bit embarrassing. it was not unknown for me in my teenage years to be sporting a Pink Floyd t-shirt much to the umbrage of some of my either trendier or cooler friends
Ever since Christmas 1979 when I got The Wall on double vinyl as a present from Aunt Betty I was sold on all of the nonsense that Roger Waters wrote and from that moment I started delving into the back catalogue which was easier then you would think. Everybody over the age of twenty seemed to have a copy of Dark Side Of The Moon , Wish You Were Here or Animals. It only got difficult the further back I looked. It took me until about 16 to get hold of Obscured By Clouds and I was in my twenties before I got given a pristine copy of Meddle from a friend.
I’m not sure what it is that I see in Pink Floyd, as this kind of rock music usually has me retching into a bucket after about 5 minutes or so but like them I do. I don’t think that a month goes by without me playing something by them.
As for post Waters Floyd? Absolute pish, does nothing for me at all, bought a couple of the albums A Momentary Lapse Of Reason and The Division Bell but neither floats my boat.
Roger Waters solo output I find myself getting lost in and if i put an album on, then it’s played in it’s entirety. I know that these “concept” albums provoke ridicule from hipsters but I really do enjoy them. One of the best gigs that I have every seen was when a mate’s dad took me and him to see The Pro’s And Con’s Of Hitchhiking live at the NEC in 1984.
Here are a couple of my favourite Floyd tracks.
Pink Floyd – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Pink Floyd – Nobody Home