Tune in weekdays at 9pm for "Get the Led Out" and at 10pm for "In the Pink." Playing everything from your favorite songs, deep cuts, live tracks and everything in between! Plus, I'll give you the stories behind the songs, history of the band and fun facts. It's all things Led Zeppelin at 9pm and Pink Floyd at 10pm!
One of my favorite Floyd albums of all time, Meddle, was released this day in 1971. The album kicks off with the bass-driven "One of these Days," the only Floyd track in history to feature Nick Mason on vocals (he does the scary monster voice.) Then the light acoustic "A Pillow of Winds," folksy "Fearless," Waters' upbeat lighthearted "San Tropez," and the blues number featuring vocals from a dog, redone for "Live at Pompeii," "Seamus."
That's side one. On the entire second side, the epic 23.5 minute "Echoes."
In addition to "Seamus," retitled "Mademoiselle Nobs" due to a different dog on "vocals," the songs "One of These Days" and "Echoes" were featured in the film "Live at Pompeii," and are some of the best live versions of the songs I've heard.
The cover is hard to decipher at first, but features a photo of an ear, under water, with droplets hitting the water. The original LP version opens up to reveal the entire photo of the ear, making it easier to tell what exactly it is.
Happy birthday, Meddle. Glad to have you around.
This day in Floyd history 1969 we saw the release of the band's fourth album, Ummagumma. Here's just a brief overview of that album, by yours truly.
Split in to two discs, one live and one studio, it was not only the band's first live release but first double album as well. The first disc is a live album, consisting of only four songs. The second, a VERY experimental studio record, five songs, which essentially boiled down to one solo contribution from Gilmour, Mason and Wright, and two from Waters. The highlights on the studio disc are easily Gilmour's "The Narrow Way" and Waters' "Grantchester Meadows." The rest is essentially instrumental and noise.
That being said, it is regarded highly by some, not highly by others, including the members of the band who have referred to it as "horrible,""a disaster," and "a failed experiment."
I did, however, manage to track down a pretty impressive cover of Gilmour's "The Narrow Way," below.
At a recent John Fogerty concert, he surprised the audience by inviting his friend Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top on stage.
Check them out performing "Sharp Dressed Man" below
I mentioned last week on Get the Led Out that rumors were circulating regarding some never-before-heard Led Zeppelin material, some of which featuring John Paul Jones on lead vocals.
Well, according to an article in Rolling Stone, and an interview with Robert Plant on BBC Radio, those rumors are very true.
I feel like the funniest thing about this news, is that there are so few instances of JPJ lending his vocals to Zep material, (off the top of my head, the only one that comes to mind is background vox on Hey Hey What Can I Do.) Despite this, RP insists that JPJ wouldn't want that material to see the light of day.
Personally, I can't wait to hear it!
Check out Rolling Stone's complete article here.
A while back I shared that Rolling Stone was taking a reader's poll to find out what readers considered their top 10 Pink Floyd albums.
Well, the list has been revealed, and here are my thoughts:
1. Pleasantly surprised how high on the list "Animals" and "Meddle" made it
2. Not surprised (though slightly disappointed) that Ummagumma made it while "Saucerful," "More," "Obscured by Clouds," did not.
3. Slightly shocked that "A Momentarily Lapse of Reason" didn't even make the list. Not that "AMLoR" is one of my favorites by any means, but it definitely churned out more favorites than "The Division Bell" or "Ummagumma."
You can check out RS's entire list by clicking here
That said, here's my top 10 (for now, it changes constantly.)
2. Wish You Were Here
3. Dark Side of the Moon
5. The Wall
6. Atom Heart Mother
7. Obscured by Clouds
8. Soundtrack from the Film More
9. A Saucerful of Secrets
10. The Final Cut
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready revealed that their new single, "Sirens" was inspired by Pink Floyd, namely Roger Waters' The Wall Tour.
He said in an interview that he was so inspired by seeing RW's Wall spectacle that he wanted to write a song that sounds like Pink Floyd.
I'd say the influence can definitely be heard, whether it's with the WYWH reminiscent blend of acoustic and electric guitars, or the Gilmour-esque solo by McCready when he puts down the acoustic in favor of a telecaster.
In any case, I'm very impressed with their latest effort. Check out "Sirens" below.
So you're walking around a thrift store, and on one of the top shelves there are these old, cheesy paintings on sale for a few bucks. Might look good in the living room...but will probably be re-donated to the same store in a few months after you get tired of looking at it.
Well, a couple of artists collected some old thrift store paintings and painted monsters into them, and you'd never know they were altered! I tell ya, these guys are pure genius. Check out the full gallery here.