Ben and Alastair, from Country Teasers, to release a song for song cover of Pink Floyd’s, The Wall!

I know that I’ve been AWOL around these parts, but I also know that many of you who visit this page are big Teasers fans, hence this brief return. It will be a vinyl only release via In The Red Records, appx summertime.


1965 Pink Floyd recordings receive first official release!

Unfortunately for you and I, the release was a limited to 1000, Record Store Day double 7″, meaning that the debut of some of the most important recordings of the Rock era went directly into the hands of Ebay flippers (where the record is already selling for hundreds), and record speculators. Thankfully, the band have stated that they intend for a wider release of the songs by the end of next year. Apparently the recordings were about to legally enter public domain, if they did not see a release in this, the 50th year of their performance, hence the relatively limited fanfare and small pressing for a release of such historical significance.

While I have long been familiar with the Slim Harpo cover I’m A King Bee, and Syd Barrett original, Lucy Leave, the other four songs (Double O Bo, Remember Me, Butterfly, and Walk With Me Sydney) have, to my knowledge, never even received bootleg release, which is HUGE for fans who have lapped up every unofficial release of wildly varying quality, just for a chance to bask in the glory of any moment of Barrett era Floyd. In case you can’t tell, I CAN NOT WAIT to hear this!

All of this begs the question: when are we gonna get an official release of Vegetable Man, and Scream Thy Last Scream?!

Oh, the sleeve design for this record, that you will most likely never own,  was done by Storm Studios, which was founded by Hipgnosis designer, Storm Thorgerson, and is based on a photo by fellow Hipgnosis designer, Aubrey Powell, of Peter Wynne-Willson’s oil based light projections that Pink Floyd made famous with their performances at clubs like UFO and The Roundhouse.

Songs of The Day: Pink Floyd – Paintbox, and Paintbox (Datashat remix)

Happy birthday, to Pink Floyd’s, Richard Wright. Paintbox is that rare Floyd beast, a track both composed and sung by Wright. Although the video features David Gilmour, in his first promotional appearance with Floyd, Syd Barrett was featured on the recording, which was the B-side to the Apples and Oranges single. This song is so good, it leaves me wondering why Wright wasn’t spotlighted more frequently, particularly through the difficult post-Syd transition period.

I’ve gotta include this remix from Datashat. Respectful to the original, imho, but big, club ready and still trippy.

Happy birthday, David Gilmour

David Gilmour’s guitar tone and style are utterly unique, not to mention that he has a great voice perfectly suited for the acid vibes of the Pink Floyd sound. Walking into the big, abandoned shoes of Syd Barrett could not have been easy, but David Gilmour more than proved himself the man for the task, turning Pink Floyd into a massive selling behemoth, while never forsaking their experimental nature.

This appearance on the Bouton Rouge is a very cool, if somewhat tepid, clip of Gilmour filling the recently vacated seat of Syd’s.

By contrast, this performance from the same year of Syd’s classic, Astronomy Domine, is anything but tepid. It’s as aggressive a version of the song as I’ve heard

This performance of Echoes, goes leaps and bounds in explaining the difference between Pink Floyd as third eye musical visionaries, versus the random noodling, or technical masturbation of many of their contemporaries.

As much of the classic rock radio staple that it is, Welcome To The Machine is really the pinnacle of the era’s synthesizer based Rock and Roll epics. If this tune was released on a private label, that damn record would be selling for thousands, and rightly so.

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Happy Birthday To The Madcap, Roger Keith Barrett

A tidal wave of ink has been spilled on the life/career/madness/influence of Syd Barrett. Let me, as one infected by his work for some thirty years now, just state, that the music of Syd Barrett shall haunt me til my dying days. Pink Floyd’s debut, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, may be the single greatest psych record of all time, and his solo recordings are fantastic trips into the convoluted workings of his mind.

I’m gonna stop now, coz I can already see myself writing this for the next few hours if I don’t. One of my Top 10 songwriters/musicians of all time, in any genre.

This collects rare and unseen photographs of and by Barrett, as well as the most comprehensive collection of his visual art available. Needless to say, it looks amazing.

It’s Alan Parsons Birthday

How had I never seen this slice of weirdness before?

In addition to his own records, Parsons was involved in the production of The Beatles, Abbey Road and Let It Be, five Hollies records, Pink Floyd’s, Dark Side of The Moon, Al Stewart’s, Year of The Cat, and dozens of others.

Lots of time with Parsons explaining his crucial involvement in Floyd’s epic

and, of course…

Do you know the name, Davy O’List? Well, you should and here’s why…

In addition to his incendiary guitar work with The Attack, The Nice and UK Glam Rock combo Jet, O’List is the original guitarist for Roxy Music! Let me say that again, the original guitarist for Roxy Music!!!
In 1971, O’List, having left The Nice, was looking to start his own act, when Bryan Ferry responded to his ad in a trade paper. The current version of Roxy had been turned down when seeking record deals, but with a proven name like O’List in the fold, a contract would be inevitable. At first hesitant to sign on with a rejected group of unknowns, O’List was taken with the band’s set up, particularly Eno’s synths, which having just parted ways with synth pioneer Keith Emerson, and the instrument being a rarity at that time, O’List gravitated towards. Once in the band, O’List set about writing new intros, leads, bridges, harmonies, basically retooling the group and making them into a rock machine and marketable commodity.
By the time of their 1972 self-titled debut, O’List had been replaced by Phil Manzanera, and received no writing credits whatsoever. They did however, perform a BBC session in January of 1972 on which O’List can be heard. His contribution to Roxy has gone largely unrecognized but just one listen to that session will give you the proof of his legacy. While this tape seems to run a bit fast, you get the idea.
A few years after his departure from Roxy, O’List joined up with former members of Sparks and John’s Children to form the amazing, though short lived, Jet.

In addition, O’List once substituted in Pink Floyd, for Syd Barrett(!), when he failed to turn up for a gig on The Nice’s tour with Floyd and Hendrix! Other acts to employ his services include The Misunderstood, John Cale and Jethro Tull.
Back to his first band, The Attack.