posted on September 21, 2009 at 6:24 am

in 1972
at a somewhat late stage of the game
i bought my first pink floyd record
it was their latest “obscured by clouds”
i bought it cos i liked the title so much
i had somehow avoided the floyd up until then
it wasnt hard pre dark side of the moon
the floyd werent on any charts
they werent very visible at all
anyway in some void between marc bolan and david bowie
i bought all the moody blues records
and i was always looking for a new band to get “into”
i had been “into”
chicago
joe cockers mad dogs n englishmen
king crimson
rod stewart n (small) faces
the stones
simon n garfucknuckle
hawkwind
and i guess i finally got around to the floyd
one sunny afternoon i took a bus into civic
and i bloody well bought obscured by clouds
i had read some reviews of it which intrigued me
no one quite knew what to make of the floyd in those days
before dark side of the moon
but anyway my dad had a stereo in the garage
up the back of the 2 car garage was a bar and a stereo
other kids were amazed at all the booze there
no one in my family drank…not my dad or mum or me
so it all just sat there
like a medium well stocked nightclub
there was all these weird liquors n oh god
almost any weird drink you could think of…
why did my dad have all that…?
he just decided he wanted a bar in the garage so he went for it
anyway i sat there in the sunshining in
through the back window
and i chucked the floyd on
and pretty much fell in love
with this easy to like record
it was quite….ordinary…in a way
it was soundtrack to a film “la vallee”
an ok film
(i saw it at the cinema in canberra)
i liked the lush instrumentation n whispery singers
at this stage rog waters hadnt overpowered the others
and the record was kinda breezy
some of it was downright rocknroll
some of it was lush n exquisite
i remember lying there listening to it
and thinking great!
i’m gonna buy all their records now
i started next with umma gumma
a half live half solo studio record
the live stuff was amazing
i imagined whole space journeys in my head
the lyrics intrigued me
set the controls for the heart of the sun…yeah!
i loved it!
the studio stuff i rarely played
i only liked waters grantchester meadows really
the others were too oblique or something
next i got the soundtrack to the film “more”
containing one of my fave floyd pieces ever “cirrus minor”
which starts out pastoral and then reaches out into glittering space
i loved “more’ and i loved all the weird quirky instrumentals n stuff
after that i got meddle
wow
dont the fucking floyd look totally cool in the middle spread
rog in his black t shirt eternally
rick wright looks tanned n handsome
gilmour looks cool n even nick mason too
fuck i loved meddle
i loved the songs on side one
i loved the piece that took up side 2 “echoes”
i loved the way the 3 singers melded their voices together
in that whispery way
what a great mysterious record it was to me
ditto atom heart mother
the same kind of thing
very lush very english
i was definitely “into” the floyd
then came saucerful of secrets which was a bit superfluous
except for the truly groovy “let there be more light”
i got piper at the gates of dawn eventually
but having got into the floyd backwards
i was never that enamoured with it
i didnt really like syd barret all that much (heresy!)
tho i liked him better on the madcap laughs
which i listened to a lot
when marty was in all about eve
dave gilmour did a guitar solo on a song
gilmour said he had seen the churches first show in london
and was immediately struck by the resemblance
between syd and your humble scribe
(wow!)
anyway i got all the odds n ends
including relics which had some great stuff not on anything else
and rogs music from the body
(which had another song called “breathe” on it)
and a floyd bootleg called omayyad
which had “the embryo” on it
as well as a rick wright organ piece called “oenone”
(which i wrongly thought was the name of a gas!?)
(and which i later nicked for myself!)
i had zabriskie point where the floyd changed an old song
into another new one {careful with that axe eugene}…
then it happened
dark side of the moon i mean
i drove 500 miles to melbourne n i bought it on import
the other records i bought on import in melbourne
at archie n jugheads import record shop were
in deep by argent
lord of the rings by bo hansson
badger by badger
flash and the second flash album by flash (pete banks ex yes)
colosseums daughter of time
and a few others i can no longer remember (thats sad)
i got home
and well i liked it
i loved it
this was before all the hype had hit
it was just another floyd record to me
but then that thing happened
it became this n that
and everyone was talking about the floyd
after that i dunno why
i started to lose interest
rog took over too much n i missed the others balance
wish you were here was good tho
but i was no longer “into” em
animals i bought but i never enjoyed
it was kinda bitter or something
i liked the old floyd
the whispery stuff
now there was too much rog completely
then the wall
i like one track comfortably numb
i hate all that we dont need no education tripe
i hated the movie
final cut was bleak
too much
i switched off
gilmours first solo album superb
rogs were hopeless rubbish
i liked bits of ricks wet dream …(mr humphries indeed)
all the rest no longer interested me
all the rog-less floyd had no raison d’etre
rog without the floyd was awful
so when people say to me
do you like pink floyd
i never know what to answer…
uh yes
uh kinda
not really
it depends
i like the middle period
post syd pre dark side
yeah

65 Responses to “the floyd”

  1. avatar
    A. Kite | 21 September 2009 at 8:11 am #

    I agree with your assessment entirely. My Floyd collection does not extend beyond Moon. And my favorite Floyd song always has been (and always will be) "Fearless".

    Ps. That first show in London – you mean Gilmour got to see Jesus with the tambourine as well?

    //

  2. avatar
    Jasperina | 21 September 2009 at 8:36 am #

    I'm looking over my shoulder thinking maybe I could go back an have a listen to some of those albums you mention. I abhorred that Brick song and its film clip and wrote off PF forevermore. Music is so grained into our memories loved the description of your Dad's bar. We acquired an orange vinyl (circa 1970's) bar it's become our new altar… for all kinds of objet d'art.

  3. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 21 September 2009 at 10:19 am #

    Very interesting blog. I, too, have somewhat mixed feelings about Pink Floyd. I really like the Meddle and Wish You Were Here albums, but I also quite like (Sssh, whisper it!)…Division Bell. Always wanted to check out Obscured By The Clouds, so I'm definitely gonna do that (think I'll wait for a future deluxe edition, though).
    All About Eve's Ultraviolet album was excellent. The song Infrared had some nice little details such as keyboard flourishes inspired by Echoes.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 10:38 am #

    I don't like Pink Floyd

  5. avatar
    Martin L Kennedy | 21 September 2009 at 10:43 am #

    Floyd. Oh yes. Thats where it all began for me. My older brothers got me into them…post Syd to Dark Side (inclusive) the best period. But bits of post Dark Side were great. Time to break out the old vinyl..

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    fantasticandy | 21 September 2009 at 10:55 am #

    bang on killer!
    when they were a 'band' they were awesome.
    i was in the ampetheatre at pompeii
    a couple of weeks back walking in their steps imagining myself with gilmours strat!
    unlike the church….they devolved, one member emerging as the dominant musical force to the detriment of the overall ethos of the outfit.
    glorious otherworldly and ambitious space-rock replaced by glossy hi-tech excercises in spewing earth-bound angst-ridden bile.
    interestingly, steve sanchez(he of the dark 'n doomy bass on M6)says the church are at the place the floyd MAY have got to…had they not allowed themselves to become derailed…….
    'echoes' and 'atom heart mother' remain two of the greatest works of the twentieth century nonetheless.

    your 'loosening of the reins' a little increased the creativity in the church…which now seems to have gone on unabated by the whole lot of you for the longest period ever known for a 'rock band'!
    is 'so love may find us' the sound the floyd might have aspired to had there been no dark side?

    imagine that though eh?
    …in many ways…youv'e eclipsed your own heroes.

  7. avatar
    Tim_G | 21 September 2009 at 10:56 am #

    I, too, would not be sure how to answer that same question.

    But for me, my journey started with The Wall as it coincided with high school, then a friend suggested Dark Side – which I preferred of the two.

    Then I went backwards from there as you did – more because I was intrigued that there was a reasonable catalogue of albums prior to 1973 – and wow! How good are those – Meddle, Obscurred by Clouds, Atom Heart Mother.

    You have hit the nail on the headspace here SK – only difference being that I have a soft spot for Syd Barrett's whimsical pieces (Bike, Effervescing Elephant, Gigolo Aunt, etc) to the extent that at university, I joined the fledgling Syd Barrett Appreciation Society.

    Always thought Rick Wright one of the finest keyboard players and despite seeing the blander Rogerless Floyd in '88 (?), thoroughly thought it worth all the money just to see Rick play.

    Thanks for your Floyd insights.

  8. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 21 September 2009 at 11:30 am #

    i still really like relics, got some really interesting sound thingies happening on this one….

    love always……

  9. avatar
    Altres | 21 September 2009 at 11:36 am #

    Meddle is fantastic, isn't it. It still is. Atom Heart Mother has aged slightly but Meddle sounds as though it could be recorded next year.

    Brian

  10. avatar
    cazziem | 21 September 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    By the time Floyd became so popular, for me they’d lost their edge, my brother was into them, so I heard enough of their stuff, but I only ever liked 2 tracks – Cymbaline and Echoes.

    Being a youngster then though I was more into Peter, Paul and Mary's Puff the Magic Dragon. Sadly, Mary Travers passed away on 16th September 2009 having battled with leukaemia since 2004. Another angelic voice gone to the elite choir in the sky. RIP Mary.

  11. avatar
    Freddie | 21 September 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    I like most of the Pink Floyd stuff, especially the Syd stuff.
    Back when they were up and coming tho’ I was too young to care.
    Even during “The Wall” period. I remember some kids listening to “We Don’t Need no Education.”
    I thought it was kinda catchy and reflected the way I felt at the time 😀
    I think I was in grade school but I didn’t really start listening to Pink Floyd until the late 90s
    That’s when I started listening to some older stuff
    because I didn’t like much of the new stuff.
    And during the 80s?
    Y’all might run me outta town
    but that old line from American Bandstand always comes to mind
    “I like it because it has a nice beat and it’s easy to dance to.” 🙂

  12. avatar
    lastinline | 21 September 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    The Wall made me hopelessly depressed.
    But then I turned 16, or perhaps I discovered The Church.

  13. avatar
    ross b | 21 September 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    I love the Madcap Laughs, definitely one of my favourite soundtracks. Music for the post-midnight hour. Music to mirror the head.

    Funny how totally different Madcap is from Moon. Moon is so lush and produced, Madcap is anything but.

    They were all very hairy fellas back then!

  14. avatar
    John Garratt | 21 September 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    "i only liked waters grantchester meadows really
    the others were too oblique or something"

    I think 'oblique' is putting it nicely. I think they suck.

    "Relics" was the first tape I ever bought with my own money. "Blurred Crusade" wasn't far behind, it turned out. Yet I was way too young to realize that the Church and Pink Floyd had anything in common. I was…10.

    You like David Gilmour's first one that much? I thought it was…fair. "Pros & Cons" is really difficult. Or as you say "hopeless rubbish."

    Up to page 50 of "No Certainty Attached" now. Got it from eek's house yesterday.

    John Garratt

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    Interesting! A trip down Memory Lane. Saw Floyd live in -72 performing Meddle and Echoes in its entirety – high on a very powerful mescaline. Awesome doesn`t even begin to cover it! The goosebumps are still there as is the portal into this parallelluniverse…..
    As for Gilmour pointing out your resemblance to Barrett, the first thing I registered when looking at the cover of Refo:mation was your incredible likeness to Syd Barrett!!
    On top of that, that piece of music contain some of your most spaced out, psychedelic moments, "Trying to Get In" in particular is among the best trippy songs I`ve ever heard. In fact the whole album has that feel, giving me associations to Barrets mystique. Strange how the mind works!

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    "Obscured By Clouds" is one of the most overlooked albums from the Floyds and I love it besides Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and TDSOTM. I think all of their work is worthy, Roger Waters' masturbations included.

  17. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 21 September 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    Pink Floyd was in their prime when Rick Wright was one of their vocalists. Waters was a good lyricist but a vastly inferior vocalist to Gilmour and even Wright. I saw THe Wall Live in Los Angeles in 1980. It was a mess. When I saw Pink Floyd sans Waters and led by Gilmour they were excellent live. the best aspect of Pink Floyd is their ability to
    perfectly replicate their songs in concert. Obviously, they had and continue to have ample money to afford the best sound engineers.

    Freaky Conclussions has a Syd Barret aura permeating throughout the CD.

  18. avatar
    Ellen | 21 September 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    I was never a Pink Floyd fan. But in all fairness, I've never been a "fan" of any band, except The Church, Fleetwood Mac and The Beach Boys. And I also love The Moody Blues.

    Thanks for today's blog. I like reading about your humble beginnings.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    Same here. I started in early 80s with the current Floyd (Wall) and worked my way backwards.

    Barret's lyrics were a little too fanciful/nursery rhymy for me.

    However, Pros and Cons is my favorite Waters album. I like the story telling element spread over the entire album. Clapton's playing is great. It is a little bombastic in terms of the extreme dynamics – whispered sections to violently loud parts.

    I never saw the 'real' floyd. Just post Waters and could not stand seeing/hearing their bass player funk things up.

    Waters' first tour with Clapton was an amazing experience. However, it was odd to hear Clapton play the 'Wish You Were here' riff.

    I'd recommend revisiting Pros and Cons of Hitchiking. Or for those who've never heard it, check it out.

    Matt

  20. avatar
    bc | 21 September 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    the whispery stuff…my favorite as well. nice to see the connection to floyd and all the influential bands (loved king crimson). such detailed memories!

    my brother,r.i.p.,turned me on to floyd and grass right around that same time (no cool bar tho). i remain obscured by clouds.

  21. avatar
    ronbonham | 21 September 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    Neat one today, I got into them very last in the game as well. Although I did see Waters solo in 84 but that was due to my older sister being a massive Floyd fan. I can hear some of Obscurred by Clouds in Peter's song LLC, mostly in the vocals. And what a kewl complement from Gilmore, seeing Syd in you, glad all those LSD trips didn't turn you into another Syd or Skip Spence!

  22. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 21 September 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    Thank god for my uncle,
    he sat me down, smoked some divine
    and had me watch Pompeii.

    Blew the little 13 year old glynnis's mind.

    I had only ever heard dark side forward.
    Had no idea there were other records.

    "Overhead the albatross hangs motionless above the air
    and deep beneath the ocean waves in labyrinths of coral caves,
    An echo of a distant time
    Comes willowing across the sand
    And everything is green and submarine".

    So beautiful.

    i really like the Pink Floyd MK I
    but i have too agree with you MK II
    was the experimental period that ended on dark side that i enjoy the most.

    -glynnis

  23. avatar
    stealthblue | 21 September 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    Yeah, Pink Floyd; definitely one of my earlier staples/influences. I pretty much dig most of "The Floyd's" records, but if I had to choose just one…hmmm…Meddle for sure, with a toss-up between Dark Side and Wish You as a second I suppose. Although, I find it really hard to choose just one; kind of like "another" certain band. 😉

    P&L to all,

    Ben

  24. avatar
    EDD | 21 September 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    I think different moods warrant different Floyds.

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    sorry el duderino I love the wall and final cut…but I would agree mad cap laughs is way better than syd barret era floyd stuff, yip meddle is friggin awesome..

  26. avatar
    davem | 21 September 2009 at 8:06 pm #

    I love the loyd up until The Wall.
    But I adore Syd – the hero of mine before stumbling on your goodself in 82. Heresy indeed mr k. Shame on you!!!!
    xx

  27. avatar
    plumlady | 21 September 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    Too weird Steve; we're on the same plane today. Just last night I was watching a newer David Gilmour live video on tv and commented to my beau how the only two voices in rock n roll that I really really have been in love with….are….David Gilmour and Steve Kilbey's. (He's like, "yeah, yeah, you've only told me that a million times"). On road trips in our RV, always out comes the obscure Pink Floyd songs, Gilmour solo projects and then the same mirrored image of Church and Kilbey solos.

    All the above mentioned Floyd comments are my feelings exactly; never connected with Roger Waters at all; wish he "Wasn't There" and wouldn't have taken over. I'm just glad to have seen Gilmour in concert in Chicago a few years back before Rick died.

    My first Floyd experience was on a reel to reel player on my front lawn with the neighbor man who brought over his four large Cerwin Vega speakers and Obscured by Clouds. I grew up across the street from a cemetary and we played it soooo loud that I swear you could hear the sound bouncing off the gravestones from across the street. Needless to say a couple of years later when I saw the Floyd movie Live at Pompeii; it was a bit of a flashback for me with all those stone ruins….or could it have been the drugs….

    Either way, the early Pink Floyd and The Church are still to this day the best it ever gets for me.

    Thanks for Sept music month and including them in your blog comments.
    Happy Autumnal Equinox to everyone; I now feel very balanced that Steve too, loves the Floyd.

  28. avatar
    steve kilbey | 21 September 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    forgot to mention "live in pompeii"
    first watched in its entirety with r ploog in
    amsterdam one snowy night in a hash bar after having just flown in sometime in the mid eighties
    can only agree with jonny greenwood who said
    "this is what a rock video should look like"

    highly highly recommended!

    and i love cymbaline n green is the colour too!

  29. avatar
    vortex | 21 September 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    I have oodles of Floyd. Somehow I never got around to Obscured by Clouds..I'll have to check it out.
    Love Echoes and Meddle…all time faves! Shame Rog's brooding ego destroyed the psychedelic energy of Floyd.
    I often wondered if you ever met Syd before he became a hermit.

  30. avatar
    the dean | 21 September 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    I love it all, every changing shape and mood of the pink fluid. and all that proggy, spacy stuff -artist had preveiled until the industry reclaimed the control with punk new wave.
    Admitting to liking it is to be reviled by the greater community, like saying you read sci fi or being a veggo.
    how many listener of the church morphed out of 70s prog rock – even SK himself.
    that's absolute curtains

  31. avatar
    Welcome to The Fall Equinox | 21 September 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    Damn…I never listend to much Pink Floyd except for Dark Side of the Moon…geez, where have I been? Sad isn't it? What planet have i been living on? You guys make me want to go out and buy several of these cuts!!! I'll start listening and digesting right away, daarrr matees!

    BTW…how did they get the name Pink Floyd?

  32. avatar
    stealthblue | 21 September 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    God I wish I coulda been there with you guys that snowy night in Hamsterland!! 🙂 (Seriously) I'm pretty certain that Amsterdam is my favorite Euro-city. I mean I truly love the vibe there; and I bet it was even cooler "back in the day." And snowing? I bet it's just gorgeous…ESPECIALLY after the hash bar! Ha! Everytime I'm there it usually seems to be "fallish" weather. (I think I need to be there now.)

    I told my wife that if she's going to subject me to several visits to Poland to visit her family in the future, We simply MUST drop in to our friends in "A'dam" for a spell on the return trip. (So far so good.) And NOOOO, it's not just the hookers and pot!! (Although the latter IS a big part of it!) 🙂 It truly is a beautifully laid out city though, great architechture, canals, etc.

    Ahhhh… (sigh) Thanks Steve!! Have a great evening/morning, everyone!!

    Ben

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    Heh…'Obscured' was my first Floyd purchase, too. However, my introduction to them came via low-budget indie surf films from the early 70's that ran at the neighborhood theatre. Next was an invitation to a friend's apt.that sat atop a cliff one evening at sunset. He rolled one up, put side 2 of 'Meddle' on and declared to everyone in the room "this is the music of the future" as the intro to 'Echoes' pinged out of the speakers. I saw them four months later playing the songs that became 'Dark Side' followed by the pre-DS classics. Still ranks as one of the greatest things I've ever seen. Never cared much for the post-WYWH output. BTW – I know for a fact MWP is sitting on some rare shows from 1969-71 – hit him up!

    Bill
    San Diego

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2009 at 12:31 am #

    Gotta say I pretty much like all the floyd albums including the first one without roger.
    I like all the church albums too.

    I have to get your solo album painkiller as soon as my finances allow.

    Compared to most of the other crap out there the church are and floyd was top notch.

    I also like the amused to death album by roger waters. dark but very ingenious with jeff beck on guitar. Seen roger by himself, seen gilmore and seen floyd. Floyd was like goin go the circus, what else can i say.

    Another great live band (again like the circus was ELP live).
    The first time i saw ELP we all dropped purple haze and drove to new haven CT. What a fucking trip!!!!! Tarkus.

    Anyways steve you guys were great in Foxboro and I hope to see you again and I hope you release a new album soon.

    Some of the best albums are the ones the artists did on drugs.

    P=A is a prime example. The only thing is allot of times only the people that do drugs get it.

    Altered states.

    frank

  35. avatar
    Us Them | 22 September 2009 at 2:16 am #

    You guys do sound like Pink Flip! Back in the day, the Floyd shows in the US were overwhelming and over served, eventually, all they did was fight over money, so you wanna be a rock and roll star, listen now, do what I say.

  36. avatar
    Jemali Jalali | 22 September 2009 at 3:29 am #

    Hey Steve
    Yeah that'smy fav Floydian period too. Meddle & Umma Gumma (the first record that really scared me on a soul level). I Loves me some Moodies too! Great trip out epic journeys inward!

  37. avatar
    dc | 22 September 2009 at 4:22 am #

    Some great recollections inspired by a really great entry, Steve. No surprise to find that so many Church fans have been suffused with the music of the Floyd at one time or another.

    When I was a little kid, it was a big deal to go visit my older, bigger-than-life cousins. During one sleepover as we were crashing out, they put on "Dark Side of the Moon" in the darkened room. It blew my mind, and I still owe them for that experience; RIP Rob, and cheers to you, Brian!

  38. avatar
    fantasticandy | 22 September 2009 at 7:12 am #

    hey… how about 'the church live in pompeii'?

    nice acoustics!

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    ive got a bike | 22 September 2009 at 11:22 am #

    o fuck off, davem & co., syd was shit – it's the emperor's new clothes. if you heard syd today & you didn't know who he was and he hadn't gone looney, you'd chuck it straight to the junk shop.
    rubbish.

  40. avatar
    Freddie | 22 September 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    "I've got a bike"
    Yeah, yeah, yeah
    Poo Poo to you too
    I just have the most overwhelming desire
    to listen to "Piper at the Gates"
    LOUDLY!
    😀

  41. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 22 September 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    "Live In Pompeii" looks freakin' awesome. I saw them live in '93/94' around the time they'd released The Division Bell. It was an excellent concert, but despite the big screen and lavish lazer show they looked nowhere near as cool as in "Live In Pompeii". Best moment? When they performed Syd Barret's Astronomy Domine, the only song of his that has made a positive impression on me.

  42. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 September 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    "dark side of the moon" was in my opinion floyd's best. very dreamy and moody and i like the way it wrapped around itself in the beginning and end.

    thanks for sharing your influences.

    lotza love….

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    Oh Christ, we've got ELP and Moody Blues fans on here!
    Fucking hell, it makes me tired…

  44. avatar
    bc | 22 September 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    Syd was instrumental from the beginning of Floyd, creating experimental psychadelic music in London, before using to much lsd . a sad story really.

    at least he had one psych-pop hit (not shit) in the uk…see emily play. i think he deserves some credit as an artist for influencing psychadelia.

  45. avatar
    rubikon | 22 September 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    I have to agree with you – "Wish you were here" was their last great album (well half of it anyway). "Final Cut" was far too much – too bleak.

    I loved the Barrett Floyd though – although they were a different band then.

    Pete is obviously a big fan – some of his songs are a bit Floyd like 😉

    I can remember buying the first couple of Church albums on import here in the UK after first hearing you on "The Old Grey Whistle Test" in '82.

  46. avatar
    Mary | 22 September 2009 at 4:44 pm #

    I actually love the division bell cd, and alot of the older stuff, i have been a floyd fan for a long time, alot of there really really old stuff is hard for me to take, but comfortably numb was and will always be my favorite, and yes the wall is very odd, but its funny cause i was telling my husband alot of your newer stuff sounds alot like floyd in a way and now i know why lol

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    davem | 22 September 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    ive got a bike said…
    o fuck off, davem & co., syd was shit – it's the emperor's new clothes. if you heard syd today & you didn't know who he was and he hadn't gone looney, you'd chuck it straight to the junk shop.
    rubbish.

    Oh so sorry. I must bow and defer to your better judgement & change my mind then. Must take that terrible Piper album to the junk shop.

    How rude you are "ive got a bike", you big, bad cyber bully you!! I'm quaking in my boots…..
    Music's all about taste and opinions…I respect your right to have yours. I don't agree with it though. Mind you, SK does!!

  48. avatar
    restaurant mark | 22 September 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    really enjoyed this one. as a kid another brick in the wall was the first floyd song i heard…liked it then (i was 10), don't now. but i do like other stuff from the wall:goodbye blue sky, comfortably numb, mother and others. anyway…i got into them backwards too. i love meddle, dark side, wish you were here, and ummagumma. those are my faves. i like syd era floyd…but it's a totally different deal. i agree on not caring for animals and the final cut…just couldn't get into them. i've liked some post waters floyd…certain songs anyway. haven't liked any of the waters solo stuff at all. he should've just lightened up a bit and let go a bit and pink floyd would've been fine.

    oh yeah…i really liked changeling. just watched it today.

    take care
    mark

  49. avatar
    DK | 22 September 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    Best Floyd Album: Dark Side or Wish You Were Here (depending on the day)

    2nd Best Floyd Album: Meddle

    Worst Floyd Album: Atom Heart Mother

    Best Church Album: Remote Luxury (yes, the U.S. version)

    2nd Best Church Album: Priest = Aura

    Worst Church Album: I wouldn't dream of it, SK…

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    EDD | 22 September 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    The Church Live in Pompeii. Yes Yes Yes.

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    Adam | 22 September 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    Records! I remember them…
    big black things with holes in the middle, covers you could study for hours. The thrill of the gatefold!

    Careful with that Axe FREAKED ME OUT
    so cool yet terrifying.

    Floyd are funny in the Pompeii IVs, they are so "BAD NEWS"!

    "I like to think that oysters transcend national barriers Adrian"

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    Galamor the Wizard | 23 September 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    I hated the whole idea of the Floyd being this cooler than thou/progressive 70's icons so much I refused to listen to them….until someone slipped me Piper…..BLEW MY MIND!!!!!!!!!!!
    Stayed WELL clear of Dark Side for a decade or 2 and got Saucerful next. I thought – this is getting into 70's prog but LOVED the title track…sitting in the dark up loud with the insence and a storm creeping outside and inside.
    Sorry Steve – CAN'T get into Meddle – I know – Heresy!!! and haven't progressed past Dark Side.
    Still loving Happenstance and Wolfe!!

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    another kustomer | 23 September 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    b side of meddles gr8 recording. Listening 2 tape of qUICK sMOKE aT sPOTS. Thanks steve and ur muzkomrads. Perfect child much 2 much . Beîng oz i value ur rekordings as much as some value pink

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    still satisfied kustomer | 23 September 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    the feast is a beaut trak great tempo..what a surprise to go home to. Mantrik gitar loop mandolin fond lyriks good stuff

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    adrakk | 24 September 2009 at 12:48 am #

    hi steve
    enjoyed reminiscing about the old floyd- made me get out some of my dusty vinyl
    i just love the textures on the opening track of obc
    i agree, the later floyd eg the division bell etc is unlistenable tripe on a stick!

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    Anonymous | 24 September 2009 at 9:31 am #

    ttb musings on the floyd very close to my history with them.dsotm was the first album i bought with my own money $5.99 as i recall as a 12yo in 1975.Went back disc by disc to relics before I was blown away by wywh.Still love meddle and live in pompei although the interview bits are a bit naff thesedays stoned as roger and earnest naive but somehow cool as david and them all in the EMI canteen eating instead of the perception of them taking lots of drugs.
    How about the church live at Leichhardt Oval ? Its about as close as you can get to Italian ruins in Sydney.

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    Anonymous | 24 September 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    Obscured By Clouds has always been my favorite Floyd, all the best aspects of their post-Syd sound. The movie is not too bad either, would love to see "More", also directed by Barbet Schroeder. Obscured was a great collection of accessible songs, unusual for a real soundtrack. "Stay", "Childhood's End", and "The Gold It's In The…" are among their best songs. Hard to believe it was recorded at the same time as Dark Side, which I find bombastic and certainly overplayed. The best Church albums had something in common with Obscured – catchy tunes, whispery atmospheric vocals, great guitar, etc..

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    Anonymous | 24 September 2009 at 10:37 pm #

    Uh, let me rephrase… "The best Church albums HAVE something in common with Obscured – catchy tunes, whispery atmospheric vocals, great guitar, etc.."

    Wow, didn't mean to speak in past tense in my previous response, was actually reflecting on my thoughts when I first heard The Blurred Crusade, back in '83. I rate U#23 with your best and the show I witnessed on your US tour proved that the band has still got it. Keep on.

    And you're right, the first Gilmour album is great.

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    m.p.k | 24 September 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    I have had Meddle\Obscured (combined into one album playlist) in nearly constant rotation for the last 12 years… Hardly a month goes by without a listen. Their finest work I think. It takes you places.

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    ET | 25 September 2009 at 2:00 am #

    The first time I was aware of listening them was when I was around 9 or so and my dad was playing a hiss-n-pop laden vinyl platter titled Atom Heart Mother. He'd leave the album cover propped up next to the dark-stained home-made entertainment cabinet (complete with empty wine bottles and half cement blocks supporting lower shelves). I remember being drawn to the image of a black and white cow out on a field of grass that was greener than I knew was possible in nature (all the stuff in Florida was brown during the summer).

    I heard the sound of chaotic horns trumpeting in and out and then suddenly a motorcycle starting, revving, and pulling away in a phased stereo effect followed by one of the most powerful thrusts of orchestral arrangement, drums and guitars I'd ever heard. It was unlike anything other sound I'd experience before.

    From then on, all the other kids were talking about Michael Jackson and Thriller, and I was talking about The Floyd.

    It's funny how tumultuous one's relationship with music can be. Just as you described, there's a love hate thing based on what they're doing: sometimes I love when Neil Young "swerves into a ditch" but other times I can't deal. But there's also growing pains with the listener whose taste becomes jaded, prejudiced or programmed over time. But when the two heights overlap at the same time, what a high it is. I remember when Bob Dylan's "Time out of Mind" came out – that was one such moment: right time, right sound. Another, by the way, was "Forget Yourself", it's one of those albums I attribute to a time-point in my life. I listen to it and I'm instantly drawn back to that point in time. I think of things that happened in that time and I hear "Telepath" in my head (I didn't intend that as a pun, but now that I see it written, I'll take credit) – I suppose it's part of my '04 soundtrack.

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    lily was here | 25 September 2009 at 8:40 am #

    A worn 2nd hand copy of Relics on vinyl was my debut PF album (with the four eyed face)and what a collection. Later i fell completely in love with Wish You Were Here and the Shine on You Crazy Diamond. Big fan of Gilmour and Barrett (but they're two completely different music entities).

    xox

    ps I remember those groovy bars that they had in the 70's – very retro now. Was cool of your dad to have a bar for everyone else.

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    treed | 25 September 2009 at 3:27 pm #

    This took me to that bubble of time when the entire point of a sixteen-year-old's paycheck was to cash it and come home from the record store with as many albums as could be had for it. I usually netted five. Gasoline was cheap (I was supposed to be earning the upkeep of my car), and the job was at a Taco Bell franchise, so I never had to pay for snack food.

    It was beautiful. I would prop all the covers in a line across the top of the bar-sized cabinet my father built in my bedroom to house my stereo, albums, books and art supplies. Never said so, but I know he approved of the record habit. Those covers were like a mini two-week gallery exhibition. Plus – the music.

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    Centuryhouse | 26 September 2009 at 1:29 am #

    Interesting to read your recollections of your early listening, thanks for sharing that!

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    Trickster | 28 September 2009 at 4:34 am #

    yes. couldn't resist. sometimes we have things in common and i am so glad you wrote a bit on the floyd. meddle is an aural phenomenon…and i think i've commented on this blog before that if i were to put the church to video it might look something like pompeii- a live performance with no one but the ghosts… and maybe a few rats…

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    Anonymous | 29 September 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    Wow, Badger. I might be the only person in the state of Maine that owns THAT one. Tony Kaye has always been highly underrated.

    Meddle has always been my fave Floyd album, Echoes fave song.

    Thanks for sharing your collection with us.

    LE from Maine


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