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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Flex » 23 Mar 2017, 5:08pm

Kory wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 4:53pm
Interesting trivia you probably know already: That's Roy Harper singing on "Have a Cigar," rather than any of the Floyd members. Apparently, Waters had blown out his voice recording "Shine On..." and Gilmour didn't want to do it for some reason. Harper happened to be in the studio, and the rest is history.
Yeah. I like the song, bit different for Floyd. Figured it may play well in this mix since everyone else has heard the other cuts on that record a million times.
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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Silent Majority » 23 Mar 2017, 5:19pm

Flex wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:08pm
Kory wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 4:53pm
Interesting trivia you probably know already: That's Roy Harper singing on "Have a Cigar," rather than any of the Floyd members. Apparently, Waters had blown out his voice recording "Shine On..." and Gilmour didn't want to do it for some reason. Harper happened to be in the studio, and the rest is history.
Yeah. I like the song, bit different for Floyd. Figured it may play well in this mix since everyone else has heard the other cuts on that record a million times.
I'm gonna blow through the Floyd mix in the next couple of days. I'm ready to give them a fair shake after a pretty dumb "punk rockers disliked em in '77" stance out lasted its use.
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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by revbob » 23 Mar 2017, 5:24pm

Flex wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:08pm
Kory wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 4:53pm
Interesting trivia you probably know already: That's Roy Harper singing on "Have a Cigar," rather than any of the Floyd members. Apparently, Waters had blown out his voice recording "Shine On..." and Gilmour didn't want to do it for some reason. Harper happened to be in the studio, and the rest is history.
Yeah. I like the song, bit different for Floyd. Figured it may play well in this mix since everyone else has heard the other cuts on that record a million times.
One of my old roommates essentially had the entire Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd catalogs on repeat for 3 years. Anything that I liked about either band elicits little response from me anymore. Oh and god the high school parties same there too always lots of both bands in heavy rotation.

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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 23 Mar 2017, 5:28pm

I'll be firing shit up around 6.15 EDT. Might do one post per song or save it all for one big post covering each song.
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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by BostonBeaneater » 23 Mar 2017, 5:29pm

revbob wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:24pm
Flex wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:08pm
Kory wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 4:53pm
Interesting trivia you probably know already: That's Roy Harper singing on "Have a Cigar," rather than any of the Floyd members. Apparently, Waters had blown out his voice recording "Shine On..." and Gilmour didn't want to do it for some reason. Harper happened to be in the studio, and the rest is history.
Yeah. I like the song, bit different for Floyd. Figured it may play well in this mix since everyone else has heard the other cuts on that record a million times.
One of my old roommates essentially had the entire Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd catalogs on repeat for 3 years. Anything that I liked about either band elicits little response from me anymore. Oh and god the high school parties same there too always lots of both bands in heavy rotation.
I like Animals. You gotta admit, it's a pretty good record sleeve.

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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Silent Majority » 23 Mar 2017, 5:31pm

BostonBeaneater wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:29pm
revbob wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:24pm
Flex wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:08pm
Kory wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 4:53pm
Interesting trivia you probably know already: That's Roy Harper singing on "Have a Cigar," rather than any of the Floyd members. Apparently, Waters had blown out his voice recording "Shine On..." and Gilmour didn't want to do it for some reason. Harper happened to be in the studio, and the rest is history.
Yeah. I like the song, bit different for Floyd. Figured it may play well in this mix since everyone else has heard the other cuts on that record a million times.
One of my old roommates essentially had the entire Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd catalogs on repeat for 3 years. Anything that I liked about either band elicits little response from me anymore. Oh and god the high school parties same there too always lots of both bands in heavy rotation.
I like Animals. You gotta admit, it's a pretty good record sleeve.

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I love that sleeve. I think the Battersea Power Station is beautiful enough on its own, but they style of the painting and the flying pig kick it up another notch.
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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Silent Majority » 23 Mar 2017, 5:34pm

Here's the old Power Station from another angle, as painted by some bass player from an old punk band

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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Marky Dread » 23 Mar 2017, 6:24pm

Silent Majority wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:19pm
Flex wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:08pm
Kory wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 4:53pm
Interesting trivia you probably know already: That's Roy Harper singing on "Have a Cigar," rather than any of the Floyd members. Apparently, Waters had blown out his voice recording "Shine On..." and Gilmour didn't want to do it for some reason. Harper happened to be in the studio, and the rest is history.
Yeah. I like the song, bit different for Floyd. Figured it may play well in this mix since everyone else has heard the other cuts on that record a million times.
I'm gonna blow through the Floyd mix in the next couple of days. I'm ready to give them a fair shake after a pretty dumb "punk rockers disliked em in '77" stance out lasted its use.
This is exactly how I got into Floyd in the firts place. Plus "See Emily Play" is my all time fave single. I never really saw all the nihlism in punk but it sure did have a negative attitude to some great music made previously.
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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Marky Dread » 23 Mar 2017, 6:24pm

Silent Majority wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:31pm
BostonBeaneater wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:29pm
revbob wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:24pm
Flex wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:08pm
Kory wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 4:53pm
Interesting trivia you probably know already: That's Roy Harper singing on "Have a Cigar," rather than any of the Floyd members. Apparently, Waters had blown out his voice recording "Shine On..." and Gilmour didn't want to do it for some reason. Harper happened to be in the studio, and the rest is history.
Yeah. I like the song, bit different for Floyd. Figured it may play well in this mix since everyone else has heard the other cuts on that record a million times.
One of my old roommates essentially had the entire Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd catalogs on repeat for 3 years. Anything that I liked about either band elicits little response from me anymore. Oh and god the high school parties same there too always lots of both bands in heavy rotation.
I like Animals. You gotta admit, it's a pretty good record sleeve.

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I love that sleeve. I think the Battersea Power Station is beautiful enough on its own, but they style of the painting and the flying pig kick it up another notch.
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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Kory » 23 Mar 2017, 6:32pm

Silent Majority wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:19pm
Flex wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:08pm
Kory wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 4:53pm
Interesting trivia you probably know already: That's Roy Harper singing on "Have a Cigar," rather than any of the Floyd members. Apparently, Waters had blown out his voice recording "Shine On..." and Gilmour didn't want to do it for some reason. Harper happened to be in the studio, and the rest is history.
Yeah. I like the song, bit different for Floyd. Figured it may play well in this mix since everyone else has heard the other cuts on that record a million times.
I'm gonna blow through the Floyd mix in the next couple of days. I'm ready to give them a fair shake after a pretty dumb "punk rockers disliked em in '77" stance out lasted its use.
They really are more of an "albums" band, but Flex put together a good list. Have fun!
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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by revbob » 23 Mar 2017, 7:18pm

BostonBeaneater wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:29pm
revbob wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:24pm
Flex wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 5:08pm
Kory wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 4:53pm
Interesting trivia you probably know already: That's Roy Harper singing on "Have a Cigar," rather than any of the Floyd members. Apparently, Waters had blown out his voice recording "Shine On..." and Gilmour didn't want to do it for some reason. Harper happened to be in the studio, and the rest is history.
Yeah. I like the song, bit different for Floyd. Figured it may play well in this mix since everyone else has heard the other cuts on that record a million times.
One of my old roommates essentially had the entire Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd catalogs on repeat for 3 years. Anything that I liked about either band elicits little response from me anymore. Oh and god the high school parties same there too always lots of both bands in heavy rotation.
I like Animals. You gotta admit, it's a pretty good record sleeve.

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I do actually own a copy of this on vinyl. The heaviness of it appeals to my hard rock sensibilities. I probably haven't listened to it in 30 years.

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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 23 Mar 2017, 8:00pm

1. Arnold Layne
It’d be a dumb joke to say this sounds like Dukes of Stratosphear. It does create a weird inhibition, tho, to treat this on its own terms. Not to go all Heston here, but it’s hard to locate a song in it all. Which isn’t necessarily a criticism, but it does seem more of jam, just dicking around on a vibe.

2. Lucifer Sam
Very cool from the start. Somewhere between surf and spy music. But you can also visualize go-go dancers frugging in a cage. Not especially taken with any of the vocal parts, but the various guitar bits are groovtastic. It sounds like it’d be a blast to play.

3. Jugband Blues
Sounds like Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles farting about. Which, I guess, is the right period. While I like the disruptions and abrupt changes—or at least in principle—I’m not sure it’s something I’d listen to again.

4. The Nile Song
Unexpectedly conventional sounding. Somewhere between acid rock and early heavy metal. I’m never a fan of soloing, but the malicious energy underneath it all makes it acceptable. It belongs in the soundtrack of any period movie featuring teenagers getting stoned in their bedroom.

5. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
My mind’s eye sees planetarium laser show. Still, this is the kind of stuff that I think of when I think of Floyd. It’s more of that jam mixed with what would be prog, with a jigger of a flight to the stars (or, I guess, the heart of the sun). And yet, I’ll groove to stuff not completely dissimilar to this from Swans since their reboot—long jams that are endurance tests.

6. Summer '68
Hey, it’s the Bryan Adams song! No, it’s not. Thank fuck. It’s, I dunno, pleasant? Am I supposed to get a strange Beach Boys vibe to it all? It seems like one of Brian Wilson’s brain fever communications with god. I kinda like the kitchen-sink aspect of different instrumentation in the various segments.

7. One of These Days
Good menacing beginning. So far, my favourite of the list—a blend of spacey/groovy with darkness. I feel like I should haul my lava lamp out and talk to my pet rock (I do own a lava lamp, btw).

8. The Gold It's in the...
Stoner rock. Actually, the first thing I thought of was Foghat. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it’s a bit too much jam rock for my preferences.

9. Brain Damage
I know this one, of course. Is it a reference to Syd? God, Love & Rockets lifted their entire sound from this album. It’s weird that in my mind I see Yellow Submarine-esque animation. Am I forcing that—forcing psychedelic era sounds and visuals into each other—or does it actually all just go together that well? Anyway, this was decent.

10. Have a Cigar
Groo-vay. But in this case it seems like one of those grooves that are more for musicians and wannabe air guitarists. This is, like “Set the Controls …,” too much of what I think of (in the negative) with Floyd. It’s the jam band stuff with keyboards that tell you this is heavy and deep. Maybe I need to smoke pot to get it.

11. Pigs (Three Different Ones)
I know this one, too. There’s something antiseptic about the sound—very 70s studio rat. I like the guitar sound but the drums are too prominent for my liking. Goes on too long, tho (but if I was a Floyd fan I imagine it’d be a tonic—I realize the inconsistency with how I regard 30 minute Swans songs). I suspect with time I’d grow to dig this, length and all. Maybe.

12. Waiting for the Worms
Funny how this track from 1979 gives no hint whatsoever that punk or post-punk has taken place. Full steam ahead, tho with a certain Queen-ishness in the anthemic vocals. I assume the track makes better sense in the context of the full album.

13. Not Now John
Again, I”m just never going to warm to that soloing—it’s pretty much the bridge too far for me when it comes to 70s heavy rock—but there’s a power to this, a weight, that I like. Not keen on the backing vocals from the women, adding an almost soul dimension to what would benefit from a brutal grind. Still, I largely dig this.

14. Wish You Were Here
Bluesy noodling. This is the kind of stuff that makes me dream of the most sugary disposable pop imaginable.

15. See Emily Play
A nice closing of Dukes of Stratosphear, just like the beginning. As much as I like the aesthetics of the different instruments, the song itself doesn’t hold my attention enough. Which, again, calls back to my comment about “Arnold Layne.”

All in all, I’d say it’s a case of, indeed, liking the sounds of a number of songs and the atmosphere where it goes darker, but it has too much of a stoner rock groove to it for me to really get into. Exorcising them of their blues inclinations might bring them closer to the post-punk bands that are supposed to be departures/influences. I doubt I’ll ever actually like them, but I do like the more menacing pieces.

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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by revbob » 23 Mar 2017, 8:14pm

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...
Verdict: So much better than KISS that superlatives lose all meaning.
I literally just took a shit that's better than KISS. Unfortunately it'll never get any airplay nor mass acceptance with a wider audience.

Seriously though I liked your reviews enough so that I'll listen to a few again for nostalgia if nothing else.

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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Heston » 23 Mar 2017, 8:18pm

I might do the Floyd challenge if I get time over the weekend. i heard them all getting stoned in my mate's house aged 17, and I could maybe do with a nostalgia trip, it's a while since I heard them. I know I love "Not Now John" and hate "Wish You Were Here", but there may be some surprises in between.
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Re: The Challenge Thread

Post by Heston » 23 Mar 2017, 8:19pm

revbob wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 8:14pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Mar 2017, 8:00pm

...
Verdict: So much better than KISS that superlatives lose all meaning.
I literally just took a shit that's better than KISS. Unfortunately it'll never get any airplay nor mass acceptance with a wider audience.

Seriously though I liked your reviews enough so that I'll listen to a few again for nostalgia if nothing else.
No shit of yours will ever be better than Strutter.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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