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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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Dame Vera Lynn honored

Posted August 3, 2016 by Floydian Slip

lynn_1962Dame 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.


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Insect named after Pink Floyd album

Posted July 5, 2016 by Floydian Slip

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Pink Floyd’s 1969 album “Ummagumma” finds itself in an unusual place: a list of Top 10 New Insect Species for 2016.

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry has put the Sparklewing damselfly on its list at #10.

As a species of the genus “Umma,” it was easy enough for Klaas-Douwe Dijkstra to give it the species name of “gumma,” honoring a friend’s request from 16 years ago: “If you ever discover a new species of the genus Umma,” the companion suggested, “call it Ummagumma like the Pink Floyd album!”

The 2-inch-long Ummagumma is widespread on Central African rainforest streams, and, we assume, can also be found gathered together in caves grooving with picts.


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One-time Floyd studio to become housing

Posted June 29, 2016 by Floydian Slip

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Artist's rendering of luxury housing at the site of the original Britannia Row studio

Artist’s rendering of luxury housing at the site of the original Britannia Row studio

The original site of Pink Floyd’s Britannia Row studio in the Canonbury district of Islington, London, will become luxury housing.

The Islington Council Planning Committee approved the proposal last night with the condition that a certain portion of the 25,000-square-foot property remain as office and studio space.

Floyd built the studio in the mid-’70s and recorded the ’77 “Animals” album there, as well as parts of “The Wall” (1979). Students at the nearby Islington Green School provided the children’s chorus on “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2.”

Britannia Row studio eventually became the property of Floyd drummer Nick Mason, who sold it in the mid-’90s before it was eventually relocated to its current address in Fulham, London.


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Presidential hopeful pledges to reunite Pink Floyd

Posted February 3, 2016 by Floydian Slip

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Just when you thought the current never-ending presidential campaign couldn’t possibly intersect with the legacy of your favorite rock band, candidate John Kasich has managed to wed the two.

Republication presidential hopeful and Ohio governor Kasich replied to a question posed by a CNN reporter about his favorite concert experience by praising Pink Floyd and “The Wall.”

“I don’t even have to think twice. It was the best,” he says of the Roger Waters’ show he saw in Pittsburgh. “If I’m president, I am going to once and for all try to reunite Pink Floyd to come together and play a couple songs,” he adds.

We think a Constitutional amendment might be easier.


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One-time Pink Floyd recording studio to reopen

Posted December 31, 2015 by Floydian Slip

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The Chateau d’Herouville, the shuttered French recording studio where Pink Floyd and many other iconic bands recorded, is set to reopen.

Dubbed the “Honky Chateau” by Elton John, who recorded three albums there, the facility had been abandoned until recently purchased by four partners who plan to reopen it for sound recording and more.

Floyd recorded its soundtrack to the 1972 film “La Vallee” there. The album’s called “Obscured by Clouds.”

During its heyday of the ’70s, the French mansion an hour outside Paris offered bands such as David Bowie, T Rex, Cat Stevens and others, a place to not only record music, but to live — sometimes to excess — under the management of owner Michel Magne.

Magne took his life in 1984 as debts on the facility piled up.

New co-owner Stephan Marchi told Classic Rock magazine, “Ultimately we want to expand from sound recording to other mediums — writing, sculpting, painting.

“In everything, we are inspired by the idea of recreating the state of mind that prevailed here in the early 70s.”


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