When I decided this morning to write a post about Pink Floyd, I wasn`t aware that it could be "mission impossible" for me. This band has made so big impact in a surface of a music world on this planet reaching the very core of it. My knowledge of their existance, changes in both band members and music variations, is simply insufficient to cover such a story. Besides, there are a lot of articles and web sites made by fans where you can find enough information, of past facts and present events about a band. I would be just repeating them and it would be one boring post (well, for some of you it will be boring anyway :lol:)
First time I have heard of them was in 1979. when album The Wall was published. As a biggest hit from that double LP was Another Brick In The Wall and I have seen it on a TV during one birthday party at one of my friends. Of course, I was too young to understand anything about that song, not to mention the meaning of the words, but sound of a guitar solo and helicopter engine effect draw my attention. But, that was a time when my music interest was turned to Yugoslav music bands, a new wave ones that just started to appear, making the shape of my interest in it. Bands like Haustor, Azra, Film, Prljavo Kazalište, Leb i Sol and many others that most of you have not probably heard of.
Beginning of `80s brought new interests in foreign music and that was a time when I started to experiment with my music taste – I have listened a lot of various bands, some of them without any similar points: Deep Purple, Blondie, Scorpions, Billy Idol, Kim Wilde, Dire Straits, Genesis….. I was cruel to my parents sometimes, listening loud gutar solos on my old gramophone. Then one winter evening, my father came home late, he was at some cousin helping him to move to another appartment, holding in his hands a big bag with something obviously heavy. He opened it and among a lot of books and old stamps (I was collecting them), there were about 40 LPs, mostly with some old hippie music 😆 but with one LP that will change my attitude toward music from its roots. It was Wish You Were Here, an album that Pink Floyd released in 1975.
I remember, when I heard Shine on You Crazy Diamond, a song that opens the album, I moved handle of my gramophone immediately to the beginning. And then again. And again. I felt as someone hit me hard with a hammer, straight at my head, causing nothing but a ray of bright light. I couldn`t believe that it was possible that song like it existed for almost ten years and I have never heard of it :faint: I think I don`t have to mention that it became my favourite LP for a long time.
Again, I have lost interest in them. It is not that I stopped liking their music, it was just a time when I searched through some other areas of my life – I started with martial arts practice, finished high school, went to army. One summer evening, my friend and me were invited to a coffee to one of our mutual friend and after few minutes of light conversation something caught my eye – in a sofa, right in the middle of a living room there were few LPs, The Dark Side of the Moon on top of it. My friend told me that she has found it on some sale and then took few more: A Momentary Lapse of Reason and Delicate Sound of Thunder, probably their most successful live album ever. I put it on a gramophone immediately and outside world stopped to exist for me…
I will never forget myself because I missed their world tour in 1994 (album Pulse was released next year, of recordings from a concerts in UK). They played in Vienna in august 1994 and one tourist company organized bus transportation and tickets. Of course, it was a hard period in Serbia and this costed a little fortune – now, I would just like to turn back time and give the last coin out of my pocket to be there 😦
Time is flying very fast. They have decided never to reunite again so I guess, that was it. But in one occassion David Gilmour have said:"Who knows? Who knows the future? I haven't absolutely said 'no' to the possibility but I think that in reality any sort of long-term thing together is not going to happen. We did the one-off thing and that was probably enough for me but we shall see. At my incredibly advantaged age – having achieved this – I've earned the right to sit on my ass for a little while and consider what to do next."
Maybe there is a hope :happy:
At the end I will put this video of a live performing The Great Gig In The Sky, Pulse tour. Enjoy 🙂
p.s. how many of you know what is LP?