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Monday, June 13, 2005

Shine On

Pink Floyd is reuniting for Live 8, the upcoming charity concert in London - a sequel of sorts to Live Aid, planned by Live Aid planner Bob Geldof. (Ironically, Geldof played the lead role in the film adaptation of Pink Floyd's "The Wall.")

Old bands reuniting is scarcely news anymore, as one cash-infusion reunion tour after another hits the road every summer, many for bands it's hard to care about now. But this reuniting of Roger Waters with his former bandmates is still huge news, even if the band is past the age of cultural relevance. It's rare to hear a rock star like David Gilmour actually admit in public that his petty squabbles with former bandmates don't amount to much in light of the big picture.

Of course, some of Roger Waters' more anti-war and anti-corporatist lyrics still have a certain resonance to them in these times. I was beaten to the punch on this observation, but if you didn't know that the lyrics to "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" were written nearly 30 years ago, you'd think that they were written specifically about current occupant of the White House.

Glad to know I'm not the only fan of the often-reviled album Animals out there in the blogosphere.


7 Comments:

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Eddie said...

Pink Floyd is my favorite, photos at stockdiscussion.blogspot.com

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger Answer Guy said...

Dear Readers,
It appears that there are no photos of Pink Floyd at that particular website to which the commenter referred.

 
At 2:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Animals is reviled? Where? It's such an incredible album.

Rick

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger RETARDO MONTALBAN said...

it has no comparably hooky song when considered against DSOTM and WYWH, the albums which preceded it. thus, the bad rap. I have to admit that it took me longer to get into it than other post-DSOTM albums. But yes, it's good once one lets it soak in a while and it played a no small part in making me a radical, as a bonus. the lyrics are absolutely subversive; the cover is orwellian somehow, the floating pig redolent of napoleon of animal farm, the dinginess and hugeness of the factory recalling 1984.

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger Answer Guy said...

Well, Pink Floyd got very little love from critics and writers of the time, and "Animals," which consisted mostly of very long songs and had a conceptual theme, considered the project excessively self-indulgent. To them the album was "why punk had to happen" etc.

Anything that reeks of 1970s progressive rock has been loathed in the press ever since and is considered "uncool." Although now you have Radiohead and outfits like Built to Spill and Mars Volta getting positive press, so maybe things have come around...

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger RETARDO MONTALBAN said...

Yeah, but to hell with the critics. I think it got a bad rap with "people", though, because of crap like Yes.

many critics are failed musicians: prog required a technical ability a garage rocker was not going to have. thus it was seen as "elitist". this illustrates the old corrupted version of democracy argument, that everyone can and should be a rock star, and that everyone should have equal talent. thus a premuim was put on "feeling", which does exist and does have value, but is not tangible in the same way, and most importantly, anyone who's halfway emotive can "demonstrate".

me, im not anti-punk, and i think simplicity and energy for its own sake has a rightful place in rock. but it was taken too far and was too reactionary. still is. i post at an indie-punk board and you should have seen the bile on the thread about the PF reunion.

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger RETARDO MONTALBAN said...

I like Radiohead -- or, liked them pre Kid-A. Now, I'm indifferent, and though I get the irony that OK Computer was that rare concept album that was a critical darling, the newer stuff doesn't remind me so much of prog conceptualism as it does that weird vein of 80 synth-pop that included OMD. Remember their concept album? Reminds me not in timbre, but in orchestration and construction.

 

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