It’s hard to believe, but I’ve managed to live these 28 years without ever being a Pink Floyd fan. Sure, I remember when the single “Another Brick in The Wall” was in the charts when I was a kid, but I just thought it was about a bullying teacher and thought nothing more of it. Over the years I was aware that they have cult status and many millions of fans all over the world. Quite a few of my friends have been very vocal over the years about how good a band they are and how good their music is. And mostly I made mental notes to get around to listening to them eventually.
This isn’t the first time this has happened (and I bet you can already tell what’s going to happen). The band James, fronted by Tim Booth, were a massive band throughout the 80s and 90s and I must admit that I never really paid much attention until they released the single “Laid” from the album of the same name. I woke up one morning and heard it on the radio, decided then and there that I really liked them, and bought all their albums not long after. I’m still a big fan and was lucky enough to see them live a few years ago.
I did the same thing with the Stone Roses. At the time they were at their peak I was listening to rave music and missed the whole scene. But a few years ago I heard a copy of their first album (called “The Stone Roses”) on tape and thought it was the best album I’d ever heard. Naturally I have a copy of it now and still believe it is the best album ever recorded. However, they’d long since parted ways by the time I became a fan. Which was disappointing to say the least (you never know, they might have a comeback tour when they’re all old and run out of money).
Anyway, back to Pink Floyd. I was telling one of the guys at work that I’d always meant to get around to listening to them and he said he’d happily lend me the CDs. I asked him for his favourite two and we compromised on his favourite three instead (he just couldn’t choose the top two). So he brought in “Dark Side of the Moon”, “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall”. Thus far I’ve listened to the first in the car a few times and the second at home a few times (I’ll get to the third later today). And I’ll tell you one thing. I should have listened to them years ago!
First of all, I never realised that “Money” was by Pink Floyd (the one that starts with all the cash registers). It’s funny to know a song so well but never know who it was by or anything about it. Quite a surprise. It’s clear though that a lot of modern music that I know and love has been blatantly copied from what Pink Floyd did around 30 years ago. Even in now what I’ve heard so far isn’t dated at all. What I will say at this early stage is it’s quite clear those guys took an awful lot of drugs, I don’t think you write that sort of music with a clear head.
So after putting it off for years I’m going to immerse myself in their music and will come out of the other end a better person for it (I’m sure). Then I plan on watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” as I’ve been meaning to for years. In fact, I’ve borrowed the DVD and it’s sitting under my TV just waiting to be watched (as it will for a while longer yet if I know me). Are you detecting a pattern?