Friday, September 09, 2005

One of These Days

I don't know why this is, but 90% of metalheads are heavily into Pink Floyd. We've all watched The Wall at least once. I even did a ten page History report on the rise of Fascism in post-war Europe and used The Wall and My Beautiful Laundrette as the two movie references.

Of all the bands that have ever existed, Pink Floyd's probably the most artistic band ever. Take a song like One of These Days, turn the lights off, and listen to it with some decent speakers. What do you see?

I'll tell you what I see. I see the big bad wolf banging on the last of the little piggies' doors after he's already gobbled up the other ones. Since he can't blow down the brick house, he bangs on the door in frustration. Finally, he says "one of these days I'm going to cut you into little pieces" and takes off.

I feel bad for the wolf. Pork tastes so yummy, especially marinated in fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, and thyme. There's the good life there. I can see why the big bad wolf is so upset. By the way, Savage, that's what I was marinating my pork steaks with when we had those bar-be-ques. Sometimes I'll substitute coriander for thyme, depending on my mood.

One of These Days is from the album Meddle. It's one of the band's favorite songs to play live. That album also has the twenty-three minute song Echoes, which is one of my favorite songs Floyd's ever written. In my opinion, Meddle is the first outstanding Floyd album. They would later go on to write Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and Animals which are all some of my favorite albums.

I sincerely hope the younger generations are learning about Pink Floyd. They're one of those bands that are way too good to let their music die out.

31 Comments:

Blogger jenbeauty said...

Never was a big Pink Floyd fan. I liked it ok but was not as fanatical as some.

9/09/2005 9:27 AM  
Anonymous walker said...

at 19, i am a "younger genreation" pink floyd fan. i just bought The Wall last week for the second time (it was stolen from me a few years back). I always think of them as the first "metal" band. they will always have a nostalgia factor for me as well, since i grew up listening to them, and "wish you were here" was one of the first songs i learned to play on the guitar. and i think that "one of these days" is the CREEPIEST song ever. i have tried to get my friends to get into pink floyd some other older stuff (with mixed sucsess). i'm not a classic rock or metal head, but i hate the "it has to be new and have obnoxiously loud bass" attitude.

hi, my name is walker and i write really rambling comments.

9/09/2005 9:54 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Pink Floyd baby, oh yeah.

Sit back, turn down the lights, put on some Floyd, pack the bong, smoke, watch the ceiling breathe, oh yeah.

Those were the days.

9/09/2005 10:05 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Joe - Too funny. I was often the only one sober in high school when we'd go to see Pink Floyd laser shows in San Francisco. Good times. By the way, SF has the best Pink Floyd laser shows. LA's are okay, Seattle and Houston not that good.

Walker - Welcome. Funny, I've always referred to them as a metal band too. I think metal is more an attitude. Wish you were here is one of my all-time fav songs, and nice on the guitar as well.

As for bass, my wife likes hip hop and R&B but I'm not too crazy about that stuff. I got her into metal too though, so not everything she likes now has obnoxious bass thumping.

Jenbeauty - Oh well. Appreciate you being honest. :)

9/09/2005 10:24 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love Pink Floyd. They're the perfect meld between rock and orchestrated instrumental. Echoes is one of my favorite songs, ever. Though I have to disagree with walker - the creepiest song ever (by floyd) is Careful with that Axe Eugene or Several Small Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict... Try listenin to that while you're high... or rather, don't.

So few artists actually incorporate poetry into their music anymore. Seeing them live (in 1994) was very cool. I also got to see Waters during his first tour back in 2000 in a little 3,000 seat venue. I could go on and on and on...

9/09/2005 10:40 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

and, I'm also one of the only women I know that is heavilly influenced by them... Isn't that strange?

9/09/2005 10:47 AM  
Blogger dave said...

does anyone know how pink floyd came up with their name? just curious.

9/09/2005 10:50 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

The name was inspired by American blues artists, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Though I do have a vinyl pressing of an album under the name "the screaming abdabs"

9/09/2005 11:17 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

You have go to see them play that song live. They have gigantic hogs that fall towards the crowd that breathe fire. It's super cool. Before the show it sounds like a lawn mower is moving over your head and all around you. Fun stuff. I love the Floyd Song where the backup singers sing like they are moaning during sex. They are so amazing, so full of soul. I first heard the Meddle album in the dark and very stoned, and it was beyond words. Truly amazing.

9/09/2005 11:18 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Bo, Dan and I were just talking about Pink Flyod at dinner the other night.
Bo and Dan had both been to a show and I have never listened to any of their albums.
I know their music and everything--I just never "got into them".
Dan said when he was in highschool, he got depressed and suicidal. Anytime he wanted to help himself feel low, he'd turn on The Wall.
I guess that's why I never gave them a try. In highschool--I was into "feel good music" like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Green Day and The Cranberries.
I never liked the "sad bastard" music.

9/09/2005 11:27 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Sadie - The Wall is very depressing because it deals with Roger Waters' issues with his father being killed in the war and him ending up on drugs and losing it. You might want to give some of their other albums a try though, like Wish you were here which is more anti-record industry and a lot less depressing.

Scott - Saw them live in Houston in '94. Great show. We had the giant inflatable pigs but I don't remember them breathing fire though. Maybe it's because Houston's already ridiculously hot.

Dave - Laura beat me to it. :)

Laura - Wow. Had no idea, but I guess I should have guessed you would be that heavily into Floyd. You have a pretty good taste in music.

I think Floyd reached its zenith in the 70s, with those four albums I mentioned. Note The Wall wasn't one of them, even though it's a good album(s). Lyrically, I think Floyd's hands-down my favorite band. They cover something so much deeper than the bands nowadays.

Waters is a genius as a lyricist but a mediocre musician. Without the other three, he's still interesting but the music is so bad. I really wish they'd put aside their differences and do one more album together.

9/09/2005 1:04 PM  
Blogger bsoholic said...

Hello my name is bsoholic and I am a metalhead.

I also love pink floyd!

9/09/2005 1:10 PM  
Blogger Kunaxa said...

I have this eerily distinct memory from when I was about 2 or 3 years old. I remember watching the video for "Another Brick In the Wall" and even the lyrics ("Hey! teacher, leave those kids alone").

9/09/2005 1:33 PM  
Blogger Slade said...

that is the best pot-smoking music ever...

I mean, not that I would know from experience or anything

hehe

9/09/2005 1:44 PM  
Blogger The Zombie Lama said...

Shine on you crazy diamond. That's my favorite.

9/09/2005 2:07 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Great, great band, at least when Roger Waters is with them. I regret never seeing them live.

9/09/2005 2:14 PM  
Blogger Levi Nunnink said...

Walker: You were a Pink Floyd fan when you were like 8-years-old. I remember playing "Pigs" with you and your dad. Ah, those were the days.

I've always loved Pink Floyd and David Gilmour is one of my guitar heros. I think his solos are just awesome. I can't listen to them as much as I used to though, because they scare my wife...

Good post, Zombie.

9/09/2005 2:52 PM  
Blogger Levi Nunnink said...

Oh and "Wish You Were Here" is an amazing album. That and "Animals" I think are my favorite.

9/09/2005 2:53 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

See what I mean: I'm like the only chick who really likes them. I couldn't tell from Slade's comment if she really liked them or just for 'stoner music".. but even so. Why is it such a guy thing?

9/09/2005 4:54 PM  
Blogger Liquidplastic said...

The one thing I love about Blogging is --- new sights, smells, and sounds. Thanks Zombie ... I didn't think I would enjoy it, but darn it I did and I am way old!

At first I felt like someone was trying to escape the hollowing wind and indeed was knocking on a door trying to get in ... this lasted for two minutes, then they crashed that damn door down and forced their way inside ... In the end, I felt the one forcing their way in, and the one giving way to that force, sort of meld ... and, although the wind was still there, it got calmer; rather soothing.

On the flip side, it reminds me of raw love making ... and mutual climaxing. Does this make sense to you? Oh well, you asked! LOL

9/09/2005 5:09 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Laura - I have no idea. Come to think of it, I don't think I knew any chicks who liked Floyd. What a bummer, because your gender's really missing out on some good music and incredible lyrics.

Levi - Sweet. One of these days, I'm going to have to head up north and jam with you all. I'm sure there are a lot of songs we both know together.

Jason - What a shame. I think they're pretty much done too. :(

ZL - Yup. I'd be blasting that song (those songs) and singing along and Mrs. Z will roll her eyes. Oh well, I didn't marry her for her taste in music. :p

Slade - You? Nah. I'd never think anything like that.

CS - You can remember that far back? I think my earliest memory is the girl next door got spanked for sitting on a can of paint and ruining her swimsuit. I must have been about four or five.

Bsoholic - (Everyone claps hands).

9/09/2005 5:10 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

LP - This song was from 1971, so it's older than a lot of bloggers.

Hmm...I just can't associate this song with making love. But of course not everybody sees the same painting the same way. :)

As for the melding part though, I'll need to try to see it that way and see how it works out. I've never seen it that way. I'll try seeing it as two parts of the same person with one part not wanting to accept the other.

Laura - We need to get LP hooked.

9/09/2005 5:20 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

"Jason - What a shame. I think they're pretty much done too. :("

I dunno guys... they might have one left in em after Live 8 - and you know Pigs have been known to fly...

9/09/2005 8:26 PM  
Blogger dusty said...

OMFG ZS..we agree on something lol..i love Meddle..its one of THE best albums ever made..when i was young and had alot of disposable income i saw every tour PF did for over 15 years..they were awesome..but all good things must come to an end i guess.. :(

9/09/2005 8:37 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

One of my favorite all time bands. "One of My Turns", "Mother", "Wish You Were Here"...Yeah, I could go on. Have you ever seen Roger Waters do "Live From the Berlin Wall"? It's Pink Floyd songs with different artists singing them. It's in my top 5 of all time best albums. You've got Cyndi Lauper singing "Another Brick in the Wall", Seanaid O'Connor singing "Mother" with "The Band" as back up, Van Morrison singing "Comfortably Numb" and Roger Waters himself singing back up on everything. Absolutely fucking AWESOME!!!

9/09/2005 9:02 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

laura: I completely understand! I'm a big, big Pink Floyd fan. You go girl!

9/09/2005 9:07 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Laura - From what I heard, Waters and Wright hate each other and it's painful for them to share a stage together. So I'm not getting my hopes up.

Dusty - Wow, we do agree on something. Yeah!!! Don't feel bad though, my wife and I don't even vote for the same candidates.

Mel - Don't tell anyone, but I like Cyndi Lauper. Dang, my memory must be going. I thought it was Cyndi who sang Mother.

By the way, for everyone, you must learn the lyrics to Wish You Were Here. We'll be singing that song a lot in the anti-zombie compound.

9/09/2005 9:37 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

Pink floyd... Hmmmm the wall was ok but I prefer Dark Side of the Moon and Learning to Fly. Also Roger Water's album Radio Kaos.

9/09/2005 9:43 PM  
Blogger snavy said...

I just love Pink Floyd!! I used to work at The Boston Museum of Science - and many, many times - more then is healthy - my friends and I would get off from work and go into the Pink Floyd Laser Light Show. I would lose myself in there with the wonderful tunes and beautiful displays of light. Great friends & great music = great memories!!

9/10/2005 7:02 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Yeah, the laser shows are great. Last year we saw "Dark Side of the Rainbow" at the House of Blues. If you've never tried it, try an original mix Dark Side CD start it as the Lion roars on the Wizard of Oz and watch the fun - they deny doing it on purpose, but the scenes line up SO well with the muic. I can't do it because the only original Dark Side I have is vinyl - the CDs are all remasters.

9/10/2005 9:55 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Whoops, forgot the link

Dark Side of the Rainbow

9/10/2005 9:57 AM  

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