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Monday, May 10, 2010

Video Fun - Games For May

And I mean the original Pink Floyd. Here they are doing Arnold Layne, recorded in Abbey Road at same time as Joe Boyd's other discoveries of the time, the Purple Gang, were in the studio next door recording Granny Takes a Trip. Syd Barrett famously said to the Gang "You can have Number Two and we'll have Number One". And if there had been any justice, they would, too. Sadly the public weren't quite ready for a song about a transvestite who nicked clothes from washing lines; nor were the BBC ready to countenance anything with "Takes A Trip" in the title, even if it referred not to LSD but to a train journey to an audition in Hollywood. Ah well.

And here is the first Floyd I remember hearing on the radio: See Emily Play.

And now possibly the only pop song ever inspired directly by a hexagram of the I Ching. Don't believe me? Here's Hexagram 24 of the I Ching. Here is a Wikipedia crib. And here are the lads:

And finally a wonderful period piece: a BBC arts programme, hosted by Robert Robinson and featuring music critic Hans Keller. Don't worry that the opening is from Pow R Toc H - the main event is a marvellous performance of Astronomy Domine. Hans Keller was in fact neither an idiot nor as humourless and "up himself" as this clip makes him seem, but to say that he didn;t "get" Floyd would be the understatement of the decade. Not sure about his views on Stockhausen (and I could easily be wrong*) but somehow I don't clock him as a fan of the Darmstadt Wunderkind either. Anyway, here is a little timewarp with Pink Floyd caught in it:

* but I wasn't.


At 10 May, 2010 23:03, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

At times they sound so much like the Beatles (as in Emily)


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