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Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

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Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975)

“Remember when you were young? You shone like the sun.”

Has any band mined one of its members’ personal troubles as extensively as Pink Floyd did with Syd Barrett? And at which point did head songwriter Roger Waters’ own demons splinter away from his observations on Barrett’s mental collapse? Surely sometime before The Wall’s abundantly obvious example …

“Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.”

Whatever the timing, 1975’s Wish You Were Here (an album I’ve shamefully often taken for granted) undoubtedly constitutes the apogee, and perhaps final obsessive attempt, to come to grips with Barrett’s absence (body and mind) and just plain move on,    

“Come on you target for faraway laughter;
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!”

Of course, not before Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Dave Mason devoted 25 minutes spread over nine separate movements of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” first on side one, then side two, in what must be Floyd’s signature piece this side of The Dark Side of the Moon (which would make it the light side, I suppose).

“You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.”

In between, the protean industrial gears of “Welcome to the Machine” clearly illustrate its theme, but it’s Wright’s all too human, if futuristic synthesizers that win the day; then it’s time for the robotic funk of “Have a Cigar” (co-written by Waters and Roy Harper) and the ubiquitous title track’s interstellar blues. 

“Well you wore out your welcome with random precision;
Rode on the steel breeze.”

Ultimately, you have to assume Floyd were purposefully getting Barrett out of their system in order to escape his shadow, once and for all – crazy as that sounds in light of the absolute genius all over Wish You Were Here.

“Come on you raver, you seer of visions;
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!”

More Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of DawnMeddleThe Dark Side of the MoonAnimals, The Wall.

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On this day in music history: March 1, 1973 - “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, the eighth album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Pink Floyd, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from June 1972 - January 1973. After the release of “Obscured By Clouds” (their soundtrack for the Barbet Schroeder directed film), the British progressive rock band follow it by recording one of the most ambitious and groundbreaking works of their career. “The Dark Side Of The Moon is a concept album centering around themes of conflict, the passage of time and mental illness. The majority of the material is written by Roger Waters with contributions from the other band members. Recording engineer Alan Parsons plays a vital role in the albums sonic structure, making the most of the sixteen track recording technology available at the time, with the extensive use of effects loops and synthesizers throughout. The albums iconic cover artwork is designed by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis who along with artist George Hardie creates the image of the prism featured on the cover. The LP release also comes packaged with two posters and stickers. Upon its release, it is a major critical and commercial success, becoming Pink Floyd’s breakthrough album on a worldwide basis, setting a creative high water mark for themselves and their contemporaries. Though it only spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200 (on April 28, 1973), "Dark Side” remains on the Top 200 for a then record setting total of 741 weeks from March 1973 to July 1988 (beating the previous record of 590 weeks by Johnny Mathis’ “Johnny’s Greatest Hits”). “The Dark Side Of The Moon” is certified 15x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.

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I'm not one of those who blames Harry for what is happening rn, but man, I'm side eyeing the fuck out of Jeff. I dont know what restrictions Harry still has and all that, but this is some terrible shit tbh. Like, all these rumours about premiering his music before Dunkirk... that would be terrible!!! It would so undermine and overshadow his role in Dunkirk. Terrible business decision. And now the timing of this registration... it couldnt be worst tbh. I really hope Jeff knows what he's doing

I agree with you, and also, I’m going to go on a bit of a rant because I can’t not. I just honestly think everything related to Harry’s solo career is absurd right now. Harry has been almost entirely cut off from the fandom pretty much since hiatus began. I think that’s fine, and honestly, and I know we’ve all missed him, but I think Harry (possibly even more than the others) needed that time to himself. I think it gave him time to recover from such a tough schedule with One Direction, I think it gave him a break from the fan service and BS that really seemed to have burned him out, and it gave him time to focus on Dunkirk, which was obviously something outside of his comfort zone that required his full concentration. But Jesus Christ, man. This is beyond ridiculous at this point.

We’ve gotten countless media sources, celebrities, and others in the industry talking about his debut album. And because he’s not talking, all of these people and sources are talking FOR him - and we don’t even know which of the things they’re saying are correct and which are completely false. And blah blah blah yeah, obviously the media is gonna talk about solo Harry regardless, but you’re lying to yourself if you think that his team couldn’t have shut up some of the people who have run their mouths about solo Harry at this point. And if the media is going to always make claims about his future music, both true and false, why wouldn’t he just speak for himself? Why wouldn’t his team speak for him? Why have they allowed this to happen for so fucking long? And don’t even give me that bullshit about oh, they just want to keep anticipation up - because at this point, that tactic doesn’t even make sense. I honestly don’t even know how solo Harries are alive right now considering they get hyped up for his music every two days based on what so-and-so said to the media. It’s fucking EXHAUSTING and it eventually burns people out to be constantly disappointed when they’re promised that something is about to happen and then it doesn’t. I’ve seen a lot of burnout in this fandom in the last week alone on the solo Harry front, and that’s so sad to see because things could have been so different.

If they’re gonna have a dude from Columbia come out here and tell me that an album is nearly done, and then have Grimmy say he was about to hear the album, and then have a touring company registered like a tour is gonna be in the works sometime soon when they haven’t said jack shit about ANYTHING, that’s beyond frustrating to me. You don’t have to give every fucking detail but god, not even a confirmation that the album is coming? NOTHING. Nothing at all.

Louis kept up fan service pretty consistently last year and eventually dropped music. Liam posts updates about his album progress to his social media, and yeah, his album still isn’t out, but there also haven’t been fifty people saying to the press every four days that it’s almost done. Niall was active on social media and kept up fan service last year before dropping his single as a surprise. Harry has done none of that, and I’m not saying that Harry has to do it the way the other boys did, but this is….really yikes. I don’t understand what the fuck his team is playing at, I really don’t. I know that Harry is the most famous in the band and I know that his music is the most anticipated, but he is not some untouchable artist with a shitload of street cred where his album is guaranteed to top at number one. I know this fandom might want to think that’s the case, but it isn’t. He is not Beyonce with numerous successful albums and decades in the industry. He has never put out solo music, and not only that, but we don’t have even the vaguest clue as to what his solo music would SOUND like at this point because again, we’ve heard nothing from his team.

The way this is being executed screams lazy and arrogant to me, and Harry is neither of those things, so I want to know what the deal is. To have this buildup for over a year with everyone else talking about it except for the people whose voices count the most and just expecting fans to be there, still waiting and ready and foaming at the mouth whenever you choose to drop music even though you never bothered to say anything about it….that doesn’t rub me the right way at all, I’m sorry. And listen, knowing this fandom and how much solo Harries have stayed pumped, it might work for them, it, but god, that is just….I don’t understand how people can respect that method of doing things. Us, the fans, as future consumers of his music, as the people who ensured that Harry is in the position he’s in today, deserve better than this. I know that fandom entitlement is a thing and we don’t deserve a lot of things that we think we deserve, but are people really gonna try to act like having confirmation of an album from Harry or his team is asking too much? Wanting some respect, and some clarity, and some basic fucking facts (for example: Are you coming out with an album? When is it coming out?) for Harry’s FIRST SOLO ALBUM EVER after over a year of almost complete silence from him (and silence about his future plans long before that) is perfectly reasonable, especially considering how much we’ve been jerked around about Harry’s solo career for like five years now, and quite frankly, anyone trying to suggest otherwise is fooling themselves. Harry’s team may not be able to control everything the media or other artists do or say about solo Harry, but they can (or at least, you would think they would be able to) control their own behavior, and at least so far, it seems like they’re just letting everybody else do the work for them (and do it messily at that, considering how many lies and ridiculous speculation has been published and passed around over the past year or so).

I’m just really frustrated because I don’t understand why his team is doing this and why they’re giving this impression of not knowing what they’re doing (e.g. the Full Stop website) or just not caring (e.g. [the metric for success] “is just existing”). With a lot of the Louis bullshit, even without knowing the exact details of what’s going on, you can usually figure out quite quickly that a) they’re actively trying to fuck him over and b) why they’re actively trying to fuck him over. The involvement of the stunts tainting everything Louis does also makes the intentions of his team clear (though no less infuriating). But this stuff with Harry? I don’t understand it and can’t even begin to imagine why things are being done this way. I don’t think it’s fair to the fans and I think it’s doing a huge disservice to Harry, his music, and if the rumors about when he’s dropping the music are correct, his acting career. I just really, really hope that there’s a huge change soon because I’m really cringing at what I’m seeing so far. I wish I understood any of this, but I don’t and watching it all happen is exhausting.

Alright, some of my word vomit is out. If people disagree with me, that’s fine, but this is my opinion. And no, I don’t think negatively of Harry or anything like that, I’m just not pleased with how things are being handled by his team (just as I’m not pleased with how Louis’ team is doing things) and I need to voice that.