Saturday Matinee – Bubbles, Splashes & Waters

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Amazing bubble show by Ana Yang, wife of Canadian bubble master Fan Yang [via].

Summer fun in the UK getting drenched with street water. [Related post here.]

I just spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find a music video that meshes with bubbles and water. Muddy Waters works, but then I found this gem:

One of the most successful groups in popular music, they began playing R&B in the early to mid-1960s. The name of the band (and members) changed several times, but eventually settled on “The Pink Floyd Sound,”  taken from the names of two blues musicians,  Pinkney “Pink” Anderson and Floyd “Dipper Boy” Council (click each name for links to recordings on the Utoobage). Dick Clark introduced “The Pink Floyd” on American Bandstand in 1967, their first appearance in the U.S. Here’s the lineup (with ages) at the time of the filming:

Roger Waters – bass, vocals, songwriter (24)
Syd Barrett – guitar, vocals, songwriter (21)
Richard Wright – keyboards, vocals (24)
Nick Mason – percussion (23)

Pink Floyd had my attention from “Ummagumma” through “Wish You Were Here,” but they began to lose me when their style began drifting too far into the mainstream pop radio culture of the late 70s: the overbearing and over-produced arena-art-rock years.

Have a great weekend, folks, and remember that “Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict” was performed live on stage,with “lyrics” in English.

P.S. The Dub Side Of The Moon is awesome.

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2 Responses to “Saturday Matinee – Bubbles, Splashes & Waters”

  1. wheels Says:

    I was into Pink Floyd in the days of Atom Heart Mother and Ummagumma (my album of which was borrowed and never returned, unfortunately). Late-night listening to “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” or “Grantchester Meadows” went pretty well. Even “Careful With That Axe, Eugene,” as long as you didn’t have the volume turned up too high – the screams could be disturbing to others.

    I did enjoy “Several Species …” quite a bit. After my album disappeared, I didn’t hear again it for several years, until I received a mix CD from an acquaintance.

    I remember being on a trip with my family sometime in the mid-70s, probably right after I got my degree, and reading aloud the TV guide entry noting their appearance on some show that night, which described them as an “experimental rock group.” My father’s response was, “Too bad the experiment failed.”

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Wheels– Nice to see you’re still lurking here, and your memories are similar to mine. Late night/early morning loud heavy metal never worked for me, but art-rock and jazz did… for a while.

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