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November 8, 2006

Why I Hate…Pink Floyd

Filed under: why i hate — @ 9:15 pm Comments (3)

I don’t want this to be a piece in praise of Syd Barrett, but I have to say that Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is one of the most startling albums of a startling decade. But Syd didn’t last, and he handed on the Psychedelic baton to his former colleagues. What did they do with it?

I did own copies of Atom Heart Mother, Obscured By Clouds, Meddle, and Ummagumma in the distant past and they were quite good. Not particularly inspired but good explorations of sound and mood. I was happy to think of Pink Floyd as still an serious ‘underground’ band.

But then it all went terribly wrong. Even though Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the most popular albums ever made and loved by millions I just find it leaden in the extreme. In part this can be explained by my over-exposure to the album (even though physical restraint has been involved in keeping me within listening distance). The same lack of dynamics and stodginess infects everything they have done since.

It’s as if a load of mechanics have been left in charge of the workshop. They can construct a well-built vehicle but just lack that spark of originality that can turn a Vauxhall Vectra into a Ferrari. They are fine craftsmen of sound, but they know nothing of the Pixie dust that can be scattered in music to make it surprising and original. For me, they are just plain dull.


  1. I’m not a fan of The Wall.

    Dark Side Of The Moon is a great album, it certainly packs a lot more emotional clout than you seem to give it credit for.

    I get the impression that your opinion is slightly biased as most of the bands you review and enjoy tend to be more punk-orientated, or at least they lean into the teenage-angst-with-guitars category!

    I think you need to throw on a few Floyd albums to re-educate yourself Dave! hahahahaha

    Comment by Daniel — November 9, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

  2. It would be like that scene in Clockwork Orange where Alex is manacled to a chair as they play him music – except they wouldn’t need the electrics to produce nausea!

    Comment by Cool Noise — November 9, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

  3. Sorry, I’m a massive Pink Floyd fan, but I can also see why you don’t like the Floyd. As you do, I can’t understand why you are going to go through all the effort to write an article on why you hate them. Don’t you have anything better to do than attack bands ( proberly cause your not in one ). Cool off and sort your head out or please shut up. Ta.

    Comment by Psychedelic Pig — July 29, 2007 @ 3:25 am

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