One of the greatest bands in rock history, but also a band that despite its enormous fame has a discography with which not many people have become fully familiar. Despite the fact that they have cast several songs into the musical baggage of at least three generations and even though they are on the list of the most selling artists of all time. Below are the 10 Weird Pink Floyd Songs:
The opening theme The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is a fantastic exercise in psychedelia with Barrett’s trademark stamp. Obviously, it is a more direct and less elaborate version than the one on the album, but it serves to illustrate the messianic charisma of Syd Barrett and his visual impact.
See Emily Play
Song included only in the US version of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Like other songs on the album like The Gnome shows Barrett’s more pop side, as opposed to long space odyssey like Interstellar Overdrive.
An unusually hard rock song for Pink Floyd, although not as aggressive as The Nile Song, in which a David Gilmour who has us accustomed to a soft and almost flimsy voice, screams at ease in what almost constitutes another antecedent of the heavy metal.
A Spanish Piece
Serve as a curiosity, A Spanish Piece in which we can listen to David Gilmour, who did not have the messianic charisma of Syd Barrett – although he did have more pull among female audiences, nor the same composer hyperactivity, but instead, it did not take long to reveal himself as a more technical and versatile guitarist than Syd, Spanish guitar at the ready, playing the typical imitation that Anglo-Saxons usually do of flamenco: sui generis.
To include one of the more or less conventional themes of Ummagumma, let’s listen to this Grantchester Meadows, an acoustic piece – with little birds in the background, which always looks good – written and sung by Roger Waters.
Fat Old Sun
To give you an idea of the scarce inspiration from the band’s fourth album, this soulless Fat Old Sun is one of the most salvageable of Atom Heart Mother, an album that marked a period of success but also of creative loss.
Pigs (Three Different Ones)
This long and interesting song is a good sample of the band’s new sound, more rhythmic and that, at least temporarily, makes less use of those outbursts of emotion that had marked the previous albums.
Careful With That Axe, Eugene
It’s as strange as the fact that it’s been renamed, “Come in Number 51, Your Time Is Up” for the film Zabriskie Point, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. At a concert in Amsterdam, it was titled “Keep Smiling People” (original name of the instrumental that gave rise to this piece), later, for a radio program, it was presented as the tender “Murderistic Woman”.
The song is quite well known. It belongs to the album Animals (1977) and refers to the fact that humans let ourselves be led to the slaughterhouse like sheep.
Seamus The Dog
In addition to restraining themselves with the experiments, in Meddle they decide to return to the roots and record this blues in the style of the Mississippi Delta, but like in Fearless, they decide to decorate the song with unexpected garnishes. Because in Seamus, the main vocalist is … a dog!