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The BRAVERY OF BEING OUT OF RANGE-The ISBF Gazette_Issue IX

Posted on April 05, 2014 by Abhimanyu Bose  | Blog | Media

Roger Waters is the man portrayed join in as a 5th member, and lead allowing all the spectators really live by many as the villain whose ego guitarist. the Floyd dream. was responsible for the breakup of December 1967 – To the shock of When the band lost Barrett, he took one of the world's best and biggest everyone in British, and American over, and gave the band discipline, bands, Pink Floyd. But, is that really music, Syd Barrett's departure from and direction. Behind all the the whole truth? Or does it also Pink Floyd is officially declared. keyboard structures, and guitar cover up another part of the story With Barrett's departure, people solos, he gave the musical outlines that many tend to overlook, while for the songs, and consistently singing praises for the musical speculated the end of the Pink Floyd. After all, the mad genius delivered with amazing lyrics. The genius of David Gilmour and architect in him helped structure Richard Wright? So here is my behind them was gone, they had no leader, had no direction. David songs and albums towards a honest opinion on the matter, and concept, a greater idea. Pink Floyd hope some of you enjoy the read. Gilmour was, at the time, an able guitarist, with a good voice, but he albums were never a compilation of A quick backdrop - was no Syd Barrett. People just songs they managed to write. They 1965 – Pink Floyd is formed, with the didn't buy it. The “darlings of would all be small parts to a greater mysterious Syd Barrett as the London's underground” were scheme. At a time when songs were band's front man, the coming to an unfortunate end. But mostly about love, heartbreak and vocalist, lyricist and they found a new leader, not beautiful sunsets, he wrote lyrics lead guitarist , in the new , that really captured the Roger charming imagination, open to interpretation Waters guita and yet, hard hitting. He could capture the philosophies of life in his words. Songs like “If” and “Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun” show how wonderful a songwriter he really was. His lyrics on Dark Side, showed us on bass, Richard “Rick” Wright on rist/vocalist Gilmour, but in the tall, the bare, dark facts of life, with these keys, and Nick Mason on drums. architect student and bass player in lines from Time, being my personal 1965-1967 – Playing mainly in the band, Roger Waters. favorites from the whole Floyd underground clubs, with their main From, then on, there was no looking repertoire – haunt being the then favourite UFO backwards, as the band came up “The Sun is the same in a relative (Underground Freak Out), their with many albums that went on to way, but you're older rather “different” music caught the be hits, and 3 movie scores. They Shorter of breath, and one day attention of many, and the eccentric reached ultimate commercial closer to death ” Barrett was hailed the new rising success, and musical zenith with Sums up life so smoothly, so simply. star in British music, the man who their much renowned album, The Later on, towards Animals and The made Pink Floyd what it was. Dark Side of The Moon. Albums like Wall, the lyrics grew more direct, Everybody, from Townshend to The Wall, Animals and Wish You and critical, with Dogs and Pigs Clapton, from The Beatles to Were Here were also immensely showing amazing use of metaphors Hendrix, everybody took influence applauded, by critics and fans alike. and comparisons, launching a from him. Pink Floyd were the But, during the recording of The scathing attack on ruthless masters of experimentation, and Wall, and then The Final Cut, the businessmen , and selfish Syd Barrett was the leader. With hit differences between the band politicians. singles like Arnold Layne and See members grew too much, and Emily Play and their stunning debut Waters separated from the rest. The Wall, showed Waters at one of album The Piper At The Gates of his finest forms. Over 20 songs, 1 Now, Pink Floyd, were known, as concept, 1 album, a film and a grand Dawn , t h e y c a p t u r e d t h e much for their music, as they were set of live shows, which had one of imagination of the youth. They were for their amazing light shows, which the most imaginative ideas of them immediately declared the leaders of heightened the psychedelic frenzy all-building an actual wall while the the Psychedelia movement. All was during those days, and right from show moved on, and then, breaking going smooth and well, until… the Barrett era, Waters played a it all down.This, in no small part, 1967 – Overuse of drugs, and bad huge hand in these light shows. And added to Pink Floyds legend. The company, leads to Syd Barrett right till date, his shows have been concept of the album, brilliantly having a mental, and emotional some of the grandest of them all. portraying parts of Waters' life, and breakdown, leaving him too Knowing how to use a stage to send also showing how if people let their unstable to perform or record with a message, he made live shows the lives slip out of control, can lead the band. David Gilmour, then with a band's forte, and through his ideas, them to complete isolation, was pop group Jokers Wild, was asked to he made the shows larger than life, fascinating, and they delivered it with some amazing music. David clash of ideas, and not egos, led to was headed. And Gilmour was too

Gilmour's solo on Comfortably the band breaking up. amazing a guitarist to be restricted

Numb will always stay on as one of But, it has to be acknowledged that by Waters' personal magnum opus. the best pieces of music ever. Waters kept the band going, when it It was simply a difference in musical The Wall is still remembered as one could have fallen apart, gave it his directions that lead the band to of the greatest concept albums ever, all, gave it a direction and shape, break up, and not a clash of egos. and one of the biggest rock operas and made Pink Floyd into what it Yes, Waters may have become of all times. And the man who single was. He is appreciated as a bassist overambitious, and put pressure on handedly engineered it, who gave a and lyricist, but many fail to the band, but when you are as good life to his vision, was Mr Waters. It appreciatehis immense as he is, I doubt you would be able to was his brainchild, and he achieved contribution to the extended stop yourself either. And his work on with this yet another musical existence of the band. Yes, he was Amused to Death was absolutely pinnacle. not the most talented musician, stunning. His ideas are just brilliant. unlike Wright or Gilmour, but he was And the way he puts them across is 10 years after the release of the so simple, yet so effective. One of a l b um, Wa t e r s d i d a l i v e the heart and soul of the band, the man who gave Pink Floyd that my favorite lyrics, from a new song performance of The Wall, live in of his, just shows why he is one of Berlin, and with a host of stars power, that force that they needed. He gave the complete musical the best poets (not just rock performing, made it a grand event, lyricists) ever. just adding to his reputation of structures for some of their epics being a showman. After The Wall, like Echoes, and Shine on You Crazy Not the torturer will scare me Pink Floyd recorded The Final Cut, Diamond. He brought them out Nor the body's final fall albeit, David Gilmour had a hugely from under Syd's shadow, and made them into a band that was much Nor the barrels of death's rifles minimized role in the album, and it was clear they were on the verge of bigger than what Syd could have Nor the shadows on the wall breaking up. But again, it showed ever made them. So I largely Nor the night when to the ground his lyrical genius, and it was clear disagree with the people who say The last dim star of pain, is held that he could not bring out the best that Roger was too egoistic and too self centred. He was a genius poet, But the blind indifference in him under the restrictions of Gilmour's musical ideas. And this and his ideas could not be portrayed Of a merciless, unfeeling world in the same direction that Gilmour. 

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