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Neil deGrasse Tyson: There is no dark side of the moon

Posted August 21, 2017 by Floydian Slip

Gerry O’Driscoll famously quipped at the tail end of Pink Floyd‘s seminal The Dark Side of the Moon, “There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it’s all dark.”

Turns out the EMI doorman was only half right.

Ahead of today’s solar eclipse, here’s Neil deGrasse Tyson to explain and to place everyone’s confusion squarely on the shoulders of the Floyd:


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All 165 Pink Floyd tracks ranked worst to best

Posted August 5, 2017 by Floydian Slip

Author Bill Wyman has ranked all 165 Pink Floyd tracks from worst to best.

His list, along with some thoughtful analysis for each track, was published Aug. 3 on the Vulture website.

In his introduction, he admits, “In its massive confusion, this accounting — which, whether we like it or not, hangs above our cultural world, as the band itself might have put it, motionless upon the air, like an albatross — is a testament to the good humor of the gods of rock, which now and again smile upon otherwise unemployable, gangly British nitwits.”

Wyman wrote a similar article ranking all 213 Beatles songs earlier this year.

Vulture is an asset of New York Media LLC, which also owns New York Magazine.

All 165 Pink Floyd tracks ranked worst to best


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Most-played Pink Floyd songs list published

Posted August 5, 2017 by Floydian Slip

Music licensing organization PPL has published a list of the 20 Pink Floyd tracks that have received the most airplay on U.K. radio and television over the last 17 years.

The list is based on PPL data from U.K. radio and TV broadcasters covering the period 2000 to 2017. The number of plays and total played duration are used to rank the tracks on the list.

The list comes on the 50th anniversary of the band’s debut album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” which was released 50 years ago today, Aug. 5, 1967.

Floyd has generated 32 million seconds of airplay on U.K. radio and TV in the 21st century alone.

  1. “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” (1979)
  2. “Money” (1973)
  3. “Wish You Were Here” (1975)
  4. “Comfortably Numb” (1979)
  5. “See Emily Play” (1967)
  6. “The Great Gig in the Sky” (1973)
  7. “Time” (1973)
  8. “Arnold Layne” (1967)
  9. “Us and Them” (1973)
  10. “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” (1975)
  11. “Learning to Fly” (1987)
  12. “Have a Cigar” (1975)
  13. “Breathe” (1973)
  14. “One of These Days” (1971)
  15. “Speak to Me / Breathe” (1973)
  16. “On the Turning Away” (1987)
  17. “Run Like Hell” (1979)
  18. “Sheep” (1977)
  19. “Louder Than Words” (2014)
  20. “High Hopes” (1994)

Founded in 1934, PPL licenses the use of recorded music played in public or broadcast on radio, TV and the Internet.


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Review us on Facebook

Posted June 14, 2017 by Floydian Slip

Floydian Nation: We’ve added a “Reviews” feature to the official “Floydian Slip” Facebook page.

Log in and tell us what you think.


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Video: Roger Waters on The Late Show

Posted May 9, 2017 by Floydian Slip

Roger Waters performed his new single “Déjà Vu” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last night.

Watch the video


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Shrimp species named after Pink Floyd

Posted April 12, 2017 by Floydian Slip

An Oxford University scientist has named a new species of especially loud shrimp after the band Pink Floyd.

The pistol shrimp — now, officially, Synalpheus pinkfloydi — takes its name from the rock and roll legends due to its ability to frighten prey and bore rock with a stunning clap of its oversized pink claw.

At just one centimeter long, the shrimp can create a sound of 210 decibels. One of the loudest sounds in the ocean — much louder than a gunshot — it can be heard by divers and picked up on ship sonar.

Zoologist Dr. Sammy de Grave, head of research at Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History, says he’s been looking for a worthy creature to name after one of his favorite bands.

“I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old,” he says. “I’ve seen them play live several times since, including the Hyde Park reunion gig for Live8 in 2005.”

Synalpheus pinkfloydi was discovered on the Pacific coast of Panama. A peer-reviewed paper explains the species is “likely more widespread in the tropical eastern Pacific, but unlikely to occur on the Dark Side of the Moon due to a lack of suitable habitat.”

De Grave has named another shrimp species after Mick Jagger: Elephantis jaggerai.

Last summer, scientists named an insect after Floyd’s 1969 album “Ummagumma” (“Insect named after Pink Floyd album,” July 5, 2016).


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New “Wot’s … Uh the Deal” video features vintage photos

Posted March 25, 2017 by Floydian Slip

Pink Floyd has released a video for “Wot’s … Uh the Deal” to promote the just-released “Individual Volumes” from “The Early Years” boxset.

The clip features a montage of photos taken Feb. 23-29, 1972, at Strawberry Studios, Chateau D’Herouville, France, while the band was recording the soundtrack to the film “La Vallée.”

Due to a conflict with the film company, Floyd released the album under the title “Obscured by Clouds.”

Photos in the video were taken by Jean-Denis Mahn. The segment was produced and directed by Lana Topham and edited by Niven Howie. Audio was remixed from the original masters by Andy Jackson and Damon Iddins.

The “Obfusc/ation” box features a new remix of the entire “Obscured” album.

Yesterday Legacy Recordings/Pink Floyd Records released all six of the individual boxes from The Early Years collection, which came out last November.

 


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Happy New Year

Posted January 1, 2017 by Floydian Slip

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Flying pigs might obscure Trump in Chicago

Posted December 6, 2016 by Floydian Slip

A Chicago architectural firm is drawing inspiration from Pink Floyd in an attempt to mute the omnipresent name of the President-Elect in the Windy City.

In a nod to Floyd’s 1977 “Animals” album, New World Design Ltd. has created renderings of what Trump Tower Chicago might look like if the firm were allowed to float four inflatable pigs from buoys in the Chicago River blocking view of the Trump name on the building facade.

The firm says the 20-foot sign has been a point of contention since it went up in 2014.

“Flying Pigs on Parade — a Chicago River Folly,” as the firm has dubbed its proposal, incorporates a number of symbolisms making it more than just urban camouflage:

  • Flying pigs reflecting the unlikelihood of the Trump win; the color gold to represent Trump’s “gaudy style”;
  • Four pigs: “one pig for each of the four years the world will need to endure the Trump presidency”;
  • A porcine theme in fitting with the President-Elect’s “Miss Piggy” comments; and, not the least of which,
  • Pink Floyd’s album that the firm “encourage(s) folly viewers to listen and make their own interpretations.”

Read more at the firm’s website

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“Creation: The Early Years of Pink Floyd” radio special coming

Posted October 18, 2016 by Floydian Slip

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“Creation: The Early Years of Pink Floyd,” a one-hour syndicated radio special, is coming in November.

The program will feature a new interview with Pink Floyd drummer and co-founder Nick Mason, as well as tracks from the upcoming box set “The Early Years.”

Craig Bailey of “Floydian Slip” will host the show.

The program will likely begin airing in mid-November and continue into December. A list of participating stations hasn’t been finalized.

The program will be made freely available to stations wishing to air it. Stations can register online to carry the show.

The program’s produced by Joyride Media of New York. Past programs from the company include shows devoted to Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Bob Marley and The Birds.

Bailey also hosted Joyride’s “Roger Waters: Amused to Death” radio special last summer.

Joyride Media shows are heard on more than 300 stations nationwide.


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