29 September 2021
Reissue: A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON
First LP without Roger Waters, originally released
this day in 1987
The re-worked version will feature a Remixed and Updated edition on
vinyl, CD and DVD. And also available in 360 Reality Audio: “a new immersive
music experience that closely mimics the omni-directional soundscape of live
musical performance for the listener using Sony’s object-based 360 Spatial
Sound technologies.” (no clue what they’re talking about here, do you?)
Release date: 29th October 2021 – order info here
Gilmour: “Pat Leonard and I met up at Astoria in September 1986
a couple of days after I had played on a Bryan Ferry track that he was
producing. We had a glass or two of wine and jammed for hours. For
some reason that I can no longer remember I had chosen the fretless
bass as my instrument of the day. It turned into a beautiful song.”
Stream original LP…
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6 January 2021
Band: PINK FLOYD
Active: 1965–1995, 2005, 2012–2014
Single: ARNOLD LAYNE
Floyd’s debut single written by Syd Barrett.
About a transvestite whose weird hobby was
stealing women’s clothes and underwear
from washing lines.
Released: 10 March 1967
Note 1: The band’s manager had paid
to boost the single’s chart position.
It peaked at #20 in the UK.
Note 2: It was the first and last time
the band’s name was marked as
THE Pink Floyd (see hereunder).
Syd Barrett: Pink Floyd‘s first main songwriter/vocalist and co-founder in 1965
was born as Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett on 6 January 1946 – 75 years ago. Happy B.
In 1968 he was fired following drug abuse and mentally related problems. He
made two solo LPs in 1970. He passed away on 7 July 2006.
SYD BARRETT: Bio
The Madcap Laughs – first solo LP – 1970 – play on Spotify
4 October 2020
Jerry Dammers on the American tour to promote the LP:
“Vibraphone music in elevators. Obviously this was classed as
rubbish. I don’t know if it was my state of mind, because I was
so zonked, but it struck me as a really weird, psychedelic music,
which is now called lounge or exotica. It’s been rehabilitated, but
at the time, to say you actually liked that music was mad. It
completely freaked out some of the band.”
THE SPECIALS: All Albums
David Gilmour: “A load of rubbish. We were at a real down point.
I think we were scraping the barrel a bit at that period. ‘Atom Heart
Mother’ sounds like we didn’t have any idea between us, but we
became much more prolific after it.”
PINK FLOYD: All Albums
John Entwistle. “The band’s late great bassist): “The first
cover I designed. I never got paid for. We were taking it in turns
to do the covers. It was Pete’s turn before me and we did the
Quadrophenia cover, which cost about the same as a small
house back then, about £16,000. My cover cost £32.”
THE WHO: All Albums
Stewart Copeland (drummer) about the LP’s title artwork:
“It’s the same explanation that applies to the last two. It doesn’t
have a specific meaning like ‘Police Brutality’ or ‘Police Arrest’,
or anything predictable like that. Being vague it says a lot more.
Miles (Stewart Copeland’s brother and group manager) came up
with “Trimondo Blondomina”. Very subtle. Like three blondes
and the world. Then somebody thought of “Caprido Von Renislam”.
That rolls off the tongue. It was the address of the studio.
THE POLICE: All Albums
Jaz Coleman: “The first wave of punk was
manufactured. It was manufactured as boys
band but what came out of it was very interesting.”
KILLING JOKE: All Albums
16 September 2020
Band: PINK FLOYD
Album: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – 8th LP
Released: 1 March 1973
Score: 14× platinum in the UK, No 1 in the US
where it has charted for 950 weeks in total. More
than 45 million copies sold (and counting).
Rolling Stone: “I think every album was a step toward Dark Side of the Moon,” keyboardist Rick Wright said. “We were learning all the time; the techniques of the recording and our writing was getting better.” As a culmination of their inner-space explorations of the early 1970s, the Floyd toured the bulk of Dark Side in Britain for months prior to recording. But in the studio, the band articulated bassist Roger Waters’ reveries on the madness of everyday life with melodic precision (“Breathe,” “Us and Them”) and cinematic luster (Clare Torry’s guest-vocal aria, “The Great Gig in the Sky”). It’s one of the best-produced rock albums ever, and “Money” may be the only Top 20 hit in 7/4 time.
Facts to know…
1. Dark Side of the Moon was the first Pink Floyd album
to feature Roger Waters as its sole lyricist.
2. The album was very nearly called ‘Eclipse’.
3. Floyd fans were first treated to Dark Side of the Moon
in concert more than a year before the album was actually released.
4. The original live arrangement of “On the Run” bore little resemblance
to the electronic freakout on the record.
5. ‘Money’ was influenced by Booker T and the MGs.
6. Paul McCartney’s contributions to the album were deleted
but the Beatles made a surprise appearance on the record.
7. ‘Us and Them’ was a reject from the Zabriskie Point soundtrack.
8. An image of the Silver Surfer was originally considered for the album’s cover.
9. Dark Side of the Moon was the first Pink Floyd album to break the US Top 40.
10. Proceeds from the album helped fund Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
More details about these 10 amazing facts right here.
Singles: Money / Us And Them
– MONEY –
– US AND THEM –
“I’ve only ever written about one thing in my life, which is the fact that we,
as human beings, have a responsibility to one another and that it’s important that
we empathize with others, that we organize society so that we all become happier
and we all get the life we really want.” – Roger Waters
Great album covers from the past…
2 June 2020
‘Obscured By Clouds’ by PINK FLOYD
Their seventh longplayer
Released on 2 June 1972 – 48 years ago today
Recorded in Paris in less than two weeks
#6 in the UK and #46 on the US
Stream alum here…
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