All posts tagged Roger Waters

When the Wind Blows

With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II.



Funny Farm, Chalfont

Empty Spaces is a song by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, featured as the eighth track on their 1979 rock opera The Wall. It is the second known song by Pink Floyd to contain a backmasked message.

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Arnold Layne

Arnold Layne was the first single released on 10 March 1967 in the UK by British psychedelic rock band The Pink Floyd, shortly after landing a recording contract with EMI. It was written by Syd Barrett, their co-founder and original frontman. Although not originally included on the band’s debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, “Arnold Layne” is featured on numerous Pink Floyd compilation albums. “Candy and a Currant Bun” was the B-side to the single.

The song’s title character is a transvestite whose primary pastime is stealing women’s clothes and undergarments from washing lines. According to Roger Waters, “Arnold Layne” was actually based on a real person: “Both my mother and Syd’s mother had students as lodgers because there was a girls’ college up the road so there were constantly great lines of bras and knickers on our washing lines and ‘Arnold’ or whoever he was, had bits off our washing lines.”

The song regularly ran for ten to fifteen minutes in concert (with extended instrumental passages), but the band knew that it had to be shortened for use as a single. It was a complex recording involving some tricky editing, recalling that the middle instrumental section with Richard Wright’s organ solo was recorded as an edit piece and spliced into the song for the final mix.

The song was mixed into mono for the single. It has never been given a stereo mix though the four-track master tape still exists in the EMI tape archive.

Record Company: Columbia Records
Catalog Number: DB 8156
Matrix: 7XCA 27877-1 G / 7XCA 27878-1 G (both stamped) (solid center)

Candy and a Currant Bun

Candy and a Currant Bun was the B-side to Pink Floyd’s first single, Arnold Layne, recorded 29 January 1967 at Sound Techniques Studios in London.

When performed live in 1967, the song was known as “Let’s Roll Another One” and contained the line “I’m high – Don’t try to spoil my fun”, but the record company forced Syd Barrett to rewrite it, at the suggestion of Roger Waters, without the controversial drug references. Nevertheless, the recorded version added the line “Oh don’t talk with me/Please just fuck with me”, which the BBC censors missed.

Record Company: Columbia Records
Catalog Number: DB 8156
Matrix: 7XCA 27877-1 G / 7XCA 27878-1 G (both stamped) (solid center)

Ummagumma

Pink Floyd | Ummagumma

Ummagumma was released on 25 October 1969, through Harvest Records. The album’s title supposedly comes from Cambridge slang for sex, commonly used by Pink Floyd friend and occasional roadie, Ian “Emo” Moore, who would say “I’m going back to the house for some ummagumma“. According to Moore, he made up the term himself.

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The Dark Side Of The Moon

Pink Floyd | The Dark Side Of The Moon – 1st original A2, B2 UK pressing with promotional booklet given to members of the press on February 27, 1973.

Complete with Original Posters, Stickers, Black Inner Sleeve and a 12-page promotional booklet within pictures of the band performing live.

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