Waking Up… Rising Up

30 June 2022

Last March PINK FLOYD (Dave Gilmour and Nick Mason) released the band’s
first new original music in 25 years with opera-like anthem HEY HEY RISE UP.

A song written by David Gilmour (who has Ukrainian family) in support of charity fund Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief. The majestic composition features a monumental vocal performance by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the popular Ukrainian band BoomBox.

Now the news came in that this special humdinger will be available as both a 7-inch vinyl and CD single on July 15 in the UK, Europe and other markets, while it will be released on August 3 in Japan. In North America, Canada, Australia and Mexico, it will arrive on October 21. Pre-order info here.

Breathtaking…

BOOMBOX: Bio

Poster This! Historic PINK FLOYD Concerts In London In 1994

PINK FLOYD started a 15-night run at Earls Court
in London on 12 Oct 1994.

Less than a minute after the band had started playing
Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, a scaffolding stand holding
1200 fans collapsed.

Ninety-six people were injured, with 36 needing hospital
treatment. The show was immediately canceled and
re-scheduled.

The concert poster…

One of those 15 Earl’s Court shows in full below…

PINK FLOYD Released Their SYD BARRETT Written Single ‘SEE EMILY PLAY’ 55 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past

16 June 2022

55 years ago today, on 16 June 1967, mega legends PINK FLOYD released
their 2nd single SEE EMILY PLAY. A psychedelic pop pearl written by the late
great SYD BARRETT. He played slide guitar on the cracker using a plastic ruler.

Emily tries but misunderstands, ah ooh
She’s often inclined to borrow somebody’s dreams till tomorrow
There is no other day
Let’s try it another way
You’ll lose your mind and play
Free games for May
See Emily play
Soon after dark Emily cries, ah ooh
Gazing through trees in sorrow hardly a sound till tomorrow
There is no other day
Let’s try it another way
You’ll lose your mind and play
Free games for May
See Emily play
Put on a gown that touches the ground, ah ooh
Float on a river forever and ever, Emily (Emily)
There is no other day
Let’s try it another way
You’ll lose your mind and play
Free games for May
See Emily play

Here’s the historic crazy clip…

PINK FLOYD: Story

10 Facts About PINK FLOYD Masterpiece ‘THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON’ – No 1 In The US This Day In 1973

Back in time

28 April 2022

Can’t get tired of listening to this imperishable, psychedelic and mind-boggling
magnum opus. It topped the US charts this day in 1973. Forty-nine years ago.

10 Dark Side Of The Moon facts

1. Dark Side has sold approximately 34 million copies worldwide.

2. The album is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being on the charts longer than any other album in history, namely 591 consecutive weeks or 11.4 years in Billboard top 200! A total of approx 14 whole years (741 weeks) in and back in top 200,
and a staggering 26 years in some Billboard chart or other.

3. The original title for the album was Eclipse (A Piece for Assorted Lunatics) as the group find out that prog rockers Medicine Head just had an LP out, named ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ in 1972 on DJ John Peel’s record label. Since the release was less not a commercial success, PF decided to go ahead with its plans.

4. Throughout the 1990s rumours persisted that the album was intended
to be played back while watching The Wizard of Oz.

4. The stoned laughter used in the background of Speak to Me and Brain Damage is from Peter Watts, a road manager for the Floyd pictured on the back of the Ummagumma LP.

5. The album was recorded at Abbey Road on then state of the art 16-track equipment.

6. Australian radio listeners voted the album the best album to have sex to in 1990.

7. Us and Them was originally written by Richard Wright in 1969 as an instrumental piano solo intended for use in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point film which the band had been commissioned to score.

8.. The music and lyrics for the entire album were written during a seven week period in which the band were preparing for a tour in which they desperately wanted to premier new material.

9. The stoned laughter used in the background of Speak to Me and Brain Damage is from Peter Watts, a road manager for the Floyd pictured on the back of the Ummagumma LP.

10. The album was first performed live at the Dome in Brighton, England on the 20th of January 1972. Due to a tape malfunction, the concert only made it as far as ‘Money’ that evening.

Now on my stereo (of course)…

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PINK FLOYD: Facebook – All Albums

First New PINK FLOYD Music Since 1994 In Support For The Ukrainian People

Daily electricity to load your batteries

19 April 2022

This is the first new original music that PINK FLOYD have
recorded together as a band since 1994’s The Division Bell.

HEY HEY RISE UP is written by David Gilmour and released in support of the people of Ukraine, featuring an extraordinary vocal performance by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of popular Ukrainian band BoomBox. All proceeds go to Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief.

David Gilmour: “In 2015, I played a show at Koko in London in support of the Belarus Free Theatre. Pussy Riot and the Ukrainian band, Boombox, were also on the bill. They were supposed to do their own set, but their singer Andriy had visa problems, so the rest of the band backed me for my set – we played ‘Wish You Were Here’ for Andriy that night. Recently I read that Andriy had left his American tour with Boombox, had gone back to Ukraine, and joined up with the Territorial Defense. Then I saw this incredible video on Instagram, where he stands in a square in Kyiv with this beautiful gold-domed church and sings in the silence of a city with no traffic or background noise because of the war. It was a powerful moment that made me want to put it to music.”

The track uses Andriy’s vocals taken from his Instagram post of him in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square singing Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow a patriotic Ukrainian anthem that emerged during the first world war. The title of this new Pink Floyd song is taken from the last line of the song which translates as ‘Hey, hey, rise up and rejoice’. The melodramatic opening choral parts are by the Ukrainian Veryovka Folk Song and Dance Ensemble.

You can watch singer/soldier Andriy Khlyvnyuk singing the song for his unfortunate
countrymen (that inspired Gilmour to write the gripping goosebumps piece) here.

Listen to Hey Hey Rise Up and buy the charity song on iTunes

BOOMBOX: Bio

PINK FLOYD – Next Month Reissue Of Their 1987 Album ‘A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON’

29 September 2021

Band: PINK FLOYD
Active: 1964–1995, 2005, 2012–2014 / 15 studio albums
with The Endless River (2014) as the most recent one

Reissue: A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON
First LP without Roger Waters, originally released
this day in 1987

The re-worked version will feature a Remixed and Updated edition on
vinyl, CD and DVD. And also available in 360 Reality Audio: “a new immersive
music experience that closely mimics the omni-directional soundscape of live
musical performance for the listener using Sony’s object-based 360 Spatial
Sound technologies.”
(no clue what they’re talking about here, do you?)

Release date: 29th October 2021 – order info here

Guitarist David Gilmour is the man behind it all.
He shared a demo version of the album’s track
Yet Another Movie ahead of the reissue.

Gilmour: “Pat Leonard and I met up at Astoria in September 1986
a couple of days after I had played on a Bryan Ferry track that he was
producing. We had a glass or two of wine and jammed for hours. For
some reason that I can no longer remember I had chosen the fretless
bass as my instrument of the day. It turned into a beautiful song.”

Listen here…

Stream original LP…

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PINK FLOYD: Facebook

Happy 75 SYD BARRETT – PINK FLOYD Debut Single ‘ARNOLD LAYNE’

6 January 2021

Band: PINK FLOYD
Active: 1965–1995, 2005, 2012–2014

Single: ARNOLD LAYNE
Floyd’s debut single written by Syd Barrett.
About a transvestite whose weird hobby was
stealing women’s clothes and underwear
from washing lines.

Released: 10 March 1967

Note 1: The band’s manager had paid
to boost the single’s chart position.
It peaked at #20 in the UK.
Note 2: It was the first and last time
the band’s name was marked as
THE Pink Floyd (see hereunder).

Syd Barrett: Pink Floyd‘s first main songwriter/vocalist and co-founder in 1965
was born as Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett on 6 January 1946 – 75 years ago. Happy B.
In 1968 he was fired following drug abuse and mentally related problems. He
made two solo LPs in 1970. He passed away on 7 July 2006.

Here’s Arnold

SYD BARRETT: Bio


The Madcap Laughs – first solo LP – 1970 – play on Spotify