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Re: Pink Floyd

Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:42 am

Pink Floyd - Beginnings: 1967-1972
Another compilation, this time of assorted archive performance footage, some presumably rediscovered/long-lost. Mostly it seemed to be culled from European television shows of random tracks of the time. It wasn't even much of an excuse to laud Syd as he only featured on the opening 2 numbers (though perhaps the premise that they weren't as good when he was gone would be tricky to contest). Still, some nice curios.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:20 am

The John Leckie Story
A 2 part chat with the producer of many bands. He started as a tape operator at Abbey Road, working on later Beatles albums. Was promoted to engineer, and started to work with Pink Floyd, and Syd Barratt. Syd's doomed 2nd album came to grief because he could no longer adhere to a schedule. Leckie worked on Meddle, the Household Instruments experiment, Dark Side of the Moon (briefly) and was present when they did Wish You Were Here, popping in on the fateful time Syd revisited his old friends.
Leckie also worked with Bebop Deluxe, XTC, The Skids, Magazine and others. Then he took a brief spiritual sabbatical.
After that, he worked with the Fall, the Stone Roses, Radiohead and Muse. Was always driven to find bands doing something new and different musically. Does less production work these days because few projects interest him as much as his existing ones, and because some bands don't think of using him. Also, production is a different event than how it typically used to be.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:11 am

There was a press conference to announce their big exhibition at the V&A Museum in May, but Roger Waters and Nick Mason seemed to have much bigger plans:

Wish You Were at Glastonbury?
Roger Waters and Nick Mason made a rare appearance together on Thursday and said they would be up for playing Glastonbury, presumably music to the ears of the festival’s founder, Michael Eavis, who last year said his wishlist included Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac.
The problem will be David Gilmour: his former bandmates gave the impression of only being vaguely aware of his movements.
“The last I heard, David retired,” said Waters to Mason. “You know David better than me.”
Mason replied: “I heard he’d retired and then he seemed to unretire, so we don’t know.” He added that he had never played at Glastonbury and it would be fun “but I don’t think it is very likely but yes I would do it given the opportunity”.
Waters has played the festival and remembered it being “really cold. There were a lot of people and it seemed very jolly and I liked it”.
Hard to know whether there would be any point, but if Gilmour was persuaded of the "for one night only" principle, there might be a chance. If not, no harm done.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:52 am

Ginger Gilmour - Bright Side of the Moon
Iain McNay discussed from her book, how she met Dave Gilmour, around the time the band were touring 'Meddle'. She felt the band saved her soul. The Dark Side money was huge - Dave wanted to save, but was persuaded to invest because there was so much to deal with. She had trouble after a period of detox, and found a spiritual guiding path. The stress around the time of 'The Wall' eventually led to her separating from Dave. When Roger rejoined his former band-mates at Live 8, Ginger was watching from home, and could tell that Dave was still angry with Roger, but by the time they got to "Comfortably Numb", they had thawed, and she felt it was an emotional moment.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:41 am

One of the less important news stories of the week:

Shrimp named in honour of Pink Floyd
The synalpheus pinkfloydi uses its large pink claw to create a noise so loud it can kill small fish.
The team behind the discovery vowed years ago if it ever found a new pink shrimp it would "honour" the rockers.
Not really the best day for science.
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Post  misery guts on Sat May 20, 2017 11:45 am

Brian Johnson's A Life On The Road: Nick Mason
Brian went down to a secret aerodrome in the Cotswolds to not only chat to the Floyd drummer, but to admire his car collection, and even get a spin in his Ferrari 250 GTO. Nick spoke of being inspired as a drummer by seeing Ginger Baker in Cream. He felt Syd maybe just wanted out of the band, unwilling to pursue the same dream as the others. After the acrimonious split with Roger Waters, there were insurance questions so Nick had to use one of his rare cars as collateral (though he got it back, and the tours were both hugely successful). Their post-Waters shows showcased a more visual set-up than before, playing in surprising new places like Versailles and Venice. The tour life makes things very easy, dealing with almost all niceties except for packing suitcases and being in the lobby on time. There was also mention of the new exhibition Their Mortal Remains. Nick admits his self-effacement, preferring others to lavish praise, rather than boast.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:21 am

The Dark Side of the Moon, by John Harris
Music journalist manages a slim tome on the story behind the making of this rock masterpiece, from the early days of the band, and how their odyssey through trying to cope with and without Syd Barrett led to the ideas and imagination involved in this multi-million-selling classic. Nothing earth-shattering, but still interesting to read.
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