Lunar Eclipses and Mad Men: My List Continues

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“The Dark Side of the Moon” meets “Wish You Were Here”

Post #2 In My Favorite 10 Albums Challenge List.

A friend recently asked me what musical groups were still on my list of “bands I had never seen but would like to.” I don’t have such a list, but if I did Pink Floyd would be on it. That being said, I know I will never see them because 1) they are no longer a band, and  2) Roger Waters holds strong anti-Israel, pro-BDS beliefs (if you don’t know what that is, email me at les.raff@post.com) that would keep me from attending any concert he performed in. So though I will never see “The Floyd,” their music still hits my top ten album list. The question is, which album?

The easy answer is “The Dark Side of the Moon,” the 1973 Pink Floyd album that sold 46 trillion copies and spent nearly 7 decades on the Billboard 200, a record matched only by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Weird Al Yankovic’s “Polka Party!” But perhaps familiarity does breed contempt, as I now shudder every time the cash register rings at the beginning of “Money,” reminding me of the perpetual cash machine the album provides for Waters, Mason, Gilmour, and Wright.

So what is eclipsing “Dark Side” for me? It has to be Pink Floyd’s 1975 follow up, “Wish You Were Here.” It is only five tracks long, though track one, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” has many, many parts divided over both sides of the LP. SOYCD, like the title track, is a love song. But neither composition is aimed at a spouse, a girlfriend, or a mistress. The two pieces are a paean to Syd Barrett, the band’s long-gone, drug-addled founding member. Syd died in 2006, amazing all who had assumed he had already been dead for at least twenty years.

The album also includes”Welcome to the Machine” and “Have a Cigar,” darkly humorous condemnations of the music/recording business. The latter features the prophetic lyric “By the way, which one’s Pink.” pink-faceThis was many years before Alicia Beth Moore raised her glass and claimed the title. Maybe all those drugs gave the bandmates a peek into the future.

And that’s it. Five tracks. Blink and you miss it. But don’t worry. As long as WDRV, 97.1 The Drive, is still playing Classic Rock you don’t have to wish, this album will always be here.
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