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.
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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.
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.
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.”
Dame Vera Lynn (pictured in 1962) was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Lynn, 99, received the honor at her home in Ditchling. She was unable to travel to Buckingham Palace.
Lynn was in her 20s when she helped boost the spirit of the British during World War II with hits such as “We’ll Meet Again.”
Roger Waters name-checked her on Pink Floyd’s 1979 album “The Wall” in the song “Vera,” singing, “Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn? Remember how she said that we would meet again some sunny day?”
“In accepting this award, I do so in remembrance of all our wonderful brave boys who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, and also in honor of all the children affected by cerebral palsy,” Lynn said.