History Trivia / PinkFloyd

24th Jun '16 10:40:54 AM DavidDelony
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* BlackSheepHit: "Money", "Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2)", and "Learning to Fly", their best known songs and biggest pop hits, are totally unrepresentative of the band's sound. Somewhat ironically, the closest to representative of these songs is probably "Learning to Fly" despite being by the oft-maligned "dehydrated" (no Waters) line-up and the fact that the album the song was on (''Music/AMomentaryLapseOfReason'') gets criticized for its late 80's pop production.

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"Money", "Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2)", and "Learning to Fly", their best known songs and biggest pop hits, are totally unrepresentative of the band's sound. Somewhat ironically, the closest to representative of these songs is probably "Learning to Fly" despite being by the oft-maligned "dehydrated" (no Waters) line-up and the fact that the album the song was on (''Music/AMomentaryLapseOfReason'') gets criticized for its late 80's pop production.production.
** "Free Four", an early hit on FM radio in the U.S., was harder-rocking than most of the band's other songs.
17th Jun '16 5:38:12 PM CassandraLeo
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* WriterRevolt: Most of ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' was inspired by the record label's pressure on a follow-up... which led to the scathing songs "Have a Cigar" and "Welcome to the Machine".

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** Music/SydBarrett, Floyd's original songwriter, did this at least three times during his tenure in the band:
*** The first was when ExecutiveMeddling forced him to censor the drug references in their song "Let's Roll Another One" (renamed as a result to "Candy and a Currant Bun"). He responded by inserting the line "Please, just [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] with me". The executives comically failed to notice.
*** The second was Barrett's response to getting kicked out of the band due to his [[SanitySlippage growing mental instability]]; he wrote the song "Jugband Blues", which addresses his feelings of ArtistDisillusionment, EtTuBrute, and SanitySlippage. It is the last song on ''Music/ASaucerfulOfSecrets'', the last album Barrett recorded with the band.
*** The final was Barrett's deliberately unlearnable song "Have You Got It Yet?", which Barrett kept changing every time he "taught" it to the rest of the band. Waters' realisation that Barrett was deliberately [[TrollingCreator trolling the rest of the band]] is noted as the last time he and Barrett played together, although Waters also later called it an "act of mad genius". [[MissingEpisode Neither Barrett nor Floyd ever recorded the song]].
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Most of ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' was inspired by the record label's pressure on a follow-up... which led to the scathing songs "Have a Cigar" and "Welcome to the Machine".
17th Jun '16 5:35:57 PM CassandraLeo
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: There's a three minute version of "Pigs On The Wing" that was only available on the eight-track tape of ''Music/{{Animals}}'' - it combined "Pigs On The Wing 1" and "Pigs On The Wing 2" as two verses of the same song, bridged together by a short solo by guest musician Snowy White. Interestingly, this was the way the song was originally written - the only reason Snowy White had to add a guitar solo was that David Gilmour's was accidentally erased. Of course, now that the eight-track is a dead format, this version is more easily heard on bootleg recordings.

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There's a three minute three-minute version of "Pigs On The on the Wing" that was only available on the eight-track tape of ''Music/{{Animals}}'' - it combined "Pigs On The on the Wing 1" and "Pigs On The on the Wing 2" as two verses of the same song, bridged together by a short solo by guest musician Snowy White. Interestingly, this was the way the song was originally written - the only reason Snowy White had to add a guitar solo was that David Gilmour's was accidentally erased. Of course, now that the eight-track is a dead format, this version is more easily heard on bootleg recordings.
** Several of the band's songs have not been released officially and are available only as bootlegs. Examples include "Vegetable Man" and "Scream Thy Last Scream", which were recorded at the height of Music/SydBarrett's SanitySlippage and have not been officially released because the surviving members feel they are "too voyeuristic". This has not stopped them from being widely circulated as bootlegs, and "Vegetable Man" has been covered by acts such as Music/TheSoftBoys and Music/TheJesusAndMaryChain.
17th Jun '16 1:03:14 AM CassandraLeo
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** Nick Mason stated that in 1967 they wanted to ask Music/JeffBeck to be their guitarist, but "None of us had the nerve to ask him". It's hard to quibble with Gilmour's playing and songwriting, but still, one can't help wondering what the music of Pink Floyd would have sounded like with Beck's presence in the group.

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** Nick Mason stated that in 1967 they wanted to ask Music/JeffBeck to be their guitarist, but "None of us had the nerve to ask him". It's hard to quibble with Gilmour's playing and songwriting, but still, one can't help wondering what the music of Pink Floyd would have sounded like with Beck's presence in the group. Beck did eventually play guitar on Music/RogerWaters' solo album ''Amused to Death''.
22nd May '16 10:44:20 AM CassandraLeo
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** Nick Mason stated that in 1967 they wanted to ask Music/JeffBeck to be their guitarist, but "None of us had the nerve to ask him". It's hard to quibble with Gilmour's playing and songwriting, but still, one can't help wondering what the music of Pink Floyd would have sounded like with Beck's presence in the group.
30th Jan '16 8:43:26 PM DavidDelony
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* CashCowFranchise: One of the biggest for EMI, second only to Music/TheBeatles.

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* CashCowFranchise: One of the biggest for EMI, second only to Music/TheBeatles. While most bands with popular albums might go platinum or double platinum only to have their sales drop off sharply, Pink Floyd's albums just kept selling and selling for years.
29th Dec '15 10:23:12 PM CassandraLeo
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** Some sources have also stated that his cocaine addiction at the time was a contributing factor to his dismissal.
13th Aug '15 1:25:41 PM 123456789
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** On the matter of early singles, Roger Waters has said that "Apples and Oranges" "is a fucking good song" but was "destroyed by the production", and commenting on "It Would Be So Nice" (their first release without Syd), said "No one ever heard it because it was such a lousy record". Mason was less polite, calling it "fucking awful".

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** On the matter of early singles, Roger Waters has said that "Apples and Oranges" "is a fucking good song" but was "destroyed by the production", and commenting on "It Would Be So Nice" (their first release without Syd), said "No one ever heard it because it was such a lousy record". Mason was less polite, calling it "fucking awful".a "[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] awful" song.
11th Aug '15 7:47:28 PM DavidDelony
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** Even applies to the Barrett era. "The Gnome" was obviously influenced by ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
10th Aug '15 1:27:44 PM DavidDelony
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** Rick Wright was a huge fan of jazz and classical music. His compositions on ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' were heavily influenced by Music/MilesDavis' album ''Music/KindOfBlue'' in particular. He also once expressed a desire to see a symphony of his performed at the Royal Albert Hall.

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** Rick Wright was what we would now call a "band geek" as a huge fan of jazz and classical music. His compositions on ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' were heavily influenced by Music/MilesDavis' album ''Music/KindOfBlue'' in particular. He also once expressed a desire to see a symphony of his performed at the Royal Albert Hall.
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