There was a king who ruled the land.
His majesty was in command.
With silver eyes the scarlet eagle
Showers silver on the people.
Oh Mother, tell me more.
Why’d’ya have to leave me there
Hanging in my infant air
You only have to read the lines
They’re scribbly black and everything shines.
Across the stream with wooden shoes
With bells to tell the king the news
A thousand misty riders climb up
Higher once upon a time.
Wandering and dreaming
The words have different meaning.
Yes they did.
For all the time spent in that room
The doll’s house, darkness, old perfume
And fairy stories held me high on
Clouds of sunlight floating by.
Oh Mother, tell me more
Tell me more.
Pink Floyd - “Interstellar Overdrive”
Live Album, London ‘66-‘67
“Interstellar Overdrive” was one of the first very psychedelic instrumental improvisations recorded by a rock band. It was seen as Pink Floyd’s first foray into space rock (along with “Astronomy Domine”, “Pow R. Toc H.” and “Lucifer Sam”), although band members would later disparage this term. Despite its encapsulation of their concert repertoire under the leadership of guitarist and composer Syd Barrett, the long, improvisational, freeform structure of the piece is not particularly representative of the group’s recorded output. As drummer Nick Mason states in his book Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd, live versions of the song featured many sections that did not appear on the album, and would often last more than 20 minutes. During the band’s days playing in residence at London underground clubs such as the UFO (Underground Freak Out), the song usually opened their show. It occupied other positions, including the encore, until it was retired from the band’s setlist in 1970.”
“The song opens with the voice of their manager at the time Peter Jenner, reading the names of stars through a megaphone. The intention of this opening is to replicate the feeling of outer space, with Jenner’s voice sounding like an astronaut’s over an intercom. Barrett’s Fender Esquire then seemingly emerges from the distance and grows louder. At 0:19 a rapid beeping sound appears, again reaffirming the feeling of distant space.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomy_Domine
Why is this guy such a jerk towards Pink Floyd? Roger tells him like it is, which is brilliant.
Very Good Pink Floyd Chronology (1960-2000)! Click in the image for source and a better view :)