Pink Floyd gave pulse as a psychedelic/progressive rock band in Cambridge & London, England of the year 1965. Comprised of bassist Roger Waters, Keyboardist Rick Wright and drums Nick Mason. They all met while going to Regent Street Polytechnic college learning architecture.
They formed groups called The Meggadeaths and the Architectural Abdabs, The Screaming Abdabs, Sigma 6,and eventually The Tea Set after meeting Roger "Syd" Barrett born of Cambridge joined the band. He enjoyed painting and prosing poetry and was the paramount songwriter and guitarist for the early Pink Floyd catalog.
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London's psychedelic music scene was landed with The Pink Floyd's musical sound and there special effects of light shows which at the time was pioneering, rock shows to this day always incorporate the use of lights to some extent though never using it to the same creative level as Pink Floyd did.
They released a first album entitled "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" in 1967 which featured Syd's brilliant interstellar overdrive guitar playing that had pretty mean cool parts, unpredictable picking and poppy sometimes childhood sounding melodic lyrical lines. The record was recorded in the same building at the same exact time as the Beatles were recording there landmark "Sgt. pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.
Barrett had a healthy appetite for the drug scene and there is stories of people even slipping things in his drinks. there was a constant high going on in his anatomy and couple that with his natural tendency to manic depressive disorder and anxieties of being famous and what do about it and how to steer the ship right found himself sinking and life became hard for him to deal.
During 1967 and 1968, the personality of Barrett was becoming alarmingly irrational and incalculable, strumming on one chord through an entire show or standing there and not doing anything at all. voiceless and paralyzed stares. somewhat brusque answers during interviews..
In 1967 during a famous incident Barrett crumbled Mandrax tranquilliser tablets and squeezed an entire tube of Brylcreem into his hair and it melted down his face from the heat of the stage lighting during the performance giving the appearance of his face melting off leaving the audience shocked and some screaming in horror!
Roger Waters tells of a story that would be the final studio session that Syd had with his bandmates, Barrett peeled off a new song that he had named "Have you got it, yet?" It sounded an easy ditty to play at first listening by his fellow musicians but as moments reeled on Syd was changing the damn arrangements every time he would play it again and sing out "Have you got it yet"? and the rest of the band was beginning to realize this and they knew they would never learn it.
Roger Waters spoke of Syd while in the studio as a mad genius! Syd even brought a motorcycle in the recording sessions and would rev and rev up the motor. The rock band wanted to have Syd Barrett be a stay at home songwriter and bring in an old friend of his, David Gilmour to take over concert duties. It worked for awhile and then Syd was let go halfway into the second albums recordings.
The stories of Syd Barrett and what effect the drugs had on him may at times be odd silly things. it is undeniable how much of a great songwriter he was, that is what we need to remember of him.
He gave the band Pink Floyd its name, wrote a substantial amount of the bands early music, played the main guitar with a unique unpredictable style and sang and wrote the lyrics which were quite crafty.
Roger Waters once said Syd Barrett was too bright.
Barrett later on during the early 70's released a few solo albums that were fantastic so lets remember him for his brilliance. I would suggest you pick up his records. Syd passed away the 7th of July 2006.
The New Floyd
And so Pink Floyd went on without Barrett in 1968, this began a new musical phase in experimental art, progressive long instrumental trips with a lot of hooks, they were brilliant at setting moods, listening to a record can just ease and relieve you of your crazy pressures as Pink Floyd often plays what you are feeling inside.
Saucer Full of Secrets, Ummagumma, then Meddle and Atom Heart Mother showed the increase in studio experimentation and odd sounds that mimicked life with the perfect melodic moods, everything from morose to feeling splendid, they opened all your emotions.
Dark Side of the Moon
They finally perfected every point of creativity they were learning and doing and it culminated into an extreme masterpiece of work in "Dark Side of the Moon" released in March 1973. Arguably the best rock record in history, stayed on the billboard charts for years beyond years and still comes back, went back to # 1 again years later.
The hooks, melodies, lyrics, sound effects with the heart beats, clocks, coin machine, running foot steps, crashing airplane, philosophical quotations, early synthesizer sounds was a ground breaker in music, it was not noise, it all jelled together perfectly in the tunes they penned down with melodic memorable hooks. This is where Pink Floyd became rock superstars. They made progressive rock more listenable to ordinary people with briefer songs. lyrical concepts on the album were madness,regret, fear,time,death,greed,war,conflict,insanity and universalness.
Syd Barrett and his state of being was to be an influence on a lot of Pink Floyds ideas throughout there career. "Wish You Were Here" (1975) was there next great release with a more brighter sound than "Dark side of the Moon" and it was a nod to Syd Barrett. "Animals" (1977) followed and is a theme on negative sides of people and cynical disgust for them.
Released in November 1979, "The Wall" was of course a huge hit and was a concept of isolation and madness. A more ruff edged sound than its predecessors. An album that expresses depression and feeling your walled in your own prison. A lot of beautiful songs on this double album. Roger Waters First conceived the concept during the bands 1977 In the Flesh tour. while seeing the audience Roger became vexed with there seeming boredom, it bother him so much he wanted to build a wall between him and the spectators.
Art from The Wall Record
The album is an opera of Rock with a main character by the name Pink, based on Rogers himself and Syd Barrett. As the story gos, Pink loses his father during World War II, grows up with sarcasm and belittling by teachers in the school system, an overprotective mother and his marriage falls apart and she cheats on him. Everything becomes too much for Pink and he purposely isolates himself from society and The Wall figuratively expresses that throughout the entire album.
More albums were released, Roger Waters eventually left and Pink Floyd went on and made more albums that have some fantastic songs on them, "Momentary lapse of Reason", "Division Bell". They have sold over 230 Million records worldwide and just as popular now as they were when they began....
Discography of Pink Floyd
A Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
A Saucer Full Of Secrets (1968)
Soundtrack from the film "More" (1969)
Atom Heart Mother (1970)
Obscured by Clouds (1972)
The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Wish You Were Here (1975)
The Wall (1979)
The Final Cut (1983)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
The Division Bell (1994)
Pink Floyd Studio Albums
Pink Floyd Studio Albums
Pink Floyd Studio Albums
Album / The Piper at the Gates of Dawn / Pink Floyd - Front Album Cover
A brand new society photographer by name of Vic Singh was hired to photograph the band for the psychedelic looking album cover. Singh shared a studio with David Bailey, and wanted Jenner and King to have the band wear clothes that were of the brightest colors they could search out. Singh, also good buddies with the guitarist George Harrison of the Beatles got everyone high off some joints to mellow everyone down and then he took the photo shoots with a prism lens given to him by George Harrison.
Album / The Piper at the Gates of Dawn / Pink Floyd - Back Album Cover Art
This is the back album cover art of Pink Floyd / The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.
Album / The Piper at the Gates of Dawn / Pink Floyd - Vinyl Record
Album / A Saucerful of Secrets / Pink Floyd - Front Album Cover
Album / A Saucerful of Secrets / Pink Floyd - Back Album Cover
Album / A Saucerful of Secrets / Pink Floyd - Vinyl Record
Album / More / Pink Floyd - Front Album Cover
Album / More / Pink Floyd - Back Album Cover
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