Dedicated to Gary of Bereaved Single Dad
Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in 1965. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions, and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in popular music history.
Pink Floyd were founded by students Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals. They gained popularity performing in London’s underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett’s leadership released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. Waters became the primary lyricist and conceptual leader, devising the concepts behind their albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983). The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall became two of the best-selling albums of all time.
Following creative tensions, Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd, joined later by Wright. The three produced two more albums—A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994)—and toured through 1994. In 2005, after nearly two decades of enmity, Gilmour, Wright, Mason and Waters reunited as part of the global awareness event Live 8; Gilmour and Waters stated they had no further plans to reunite the band. Barrett died in 2006, and Wright in 2008. The last Pink Floyd studio album, The Endless River (2014), was recorded without Waters and based almost entirely on unreleased material from The Division Bell recording sessions.
Pink Floyd were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. By 2013, they had sold more than 250 million records worldwide.
Who hasn’t heard of Pink Floyd, more importantly l think the question is – were you influenced at all by their music and did it make an impact into/onto your life at all? Depending upon your age and of course highly reflective towards the fact of whether you are a fan, you have distinct stages with Pink Floyd as a group.
You may have been a sixties fan, a seventies fan or a fan of everything. I came to know of Pink Floyd in the mid seveties whilst still in Australia as they were listened to by Sparky one of my more out there scout leaders and one of the first to introduce me to both the art of smoking joints and Pink Floyd. It’s strange that when my father found out l had been smoking a joint on a scout camp he was more concerned that l was listening to Pink Floyd which he considered garbage not valuable listening material – l beg to differ! i started listening to them from that point, which was hard in my household when down under, but much easier when we returned to england.
But perhaps you were a fan before Walters became lead, and you loved what the band did in Baretts time?
There is something totally surreal listening to stuff by Pink floyd whilst smoking a joint, it is both mind hopping as well as erotic again reflective upon where you were age wise during your listening time! These guys are a real go to for when deep thinking is required.
There may be 10 or 11 tracks here, not sure, wasn’t counting, l just sort of got swept up into them again … enjoy!
Astronomy Domine – 1967
Hey You – 1979
Whilst another brick may not have made much sense to many, l feel that this song is so hugely symbolic to kids today and how l feel they must feel with the very shape of our world! This song made number 1 in the late 70’s and early 80s – that speaks higher volumes when you think it’s a song about gripes against society!
Another Brick in the Wall Part II – 1979
Mother – 1980
Echoes – 1971
Money – 1973
Comfortably Numb – 1979
Wish You Were Here – 1975
Shine On You Crazy Diamond – 1975
The first track l ever officially heard in a haze of blue sweet smelling smoke that made me feel really chilled out!
Brain Damage – 1973
Sorrow – 1987
Time – 1973
Us and Them – 1973
So there we go folks, so what are your personal favourites?