September 23, 2008 Playlist

"Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd (1975)
Pink Floyd  "Wish You Were Here"  1975 (UK)
Pink Floyd was one of the most globally popular British groups of the classic rock era, and a big part of their mystique was the near-anononimity of these famous rock stars.  And perhaps none of them was more anonymous than their keyboard player Richard Wright, who passed away last week at age 65.  Besides providing the washes of organ and synthesizer that did so much to define the Floyd sound, Wright also wrote and sang a number of songs for the band over the years.  One of the band's most satisfying albums is this gem from 1975, a rumination on rock stardom and in particular the demise of the band's original visionary, Syd Barrett, who was kicked out of the group in 1968 and passed away in 2006.
Here's a Syd Barrett tribute video a fan put together using a live version of the centerpiece from this album, "Shine On Your Crazy Diamond", which is a song about Syd.  And here's the classic line up the band reunited a couple years ago and playing the title track to "Wish You Were Here" (also dedicated to Barrett.)  And did you know that Pink Floyd's classic album Dark Side of the Moon synchs up in significant ways with The Wizard of Oz?  (Psychologists refer to this phenomenon as apophenia.)  Here's the section of the film that corresponds to Wright's most famous composition, "The Great Gig In The Sky".
  Richard Wright 1943-2008
Richard Wright
of The Pink Floyd

28 July '43 - 15 Sep '08

Killdozer live in Madison! (Sep 21 2008)
. . . and the return of KILLDOZER!
(click on the picture above to hear a message from Michael Gerald)

(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
The Trashmen Surfin' Bird (R) A-side 7" single 1963 USA
Sodom Surfin' Bird (The Trashmen) M-16 2001 Germany
Metallica (Cliff Burton died 22 years ago this week) For Whom The Bell Tolls Ride The Lightning 1984 USA
Edgar Broughton Band American Boy Soldier Wasa Wasa 1969 UK
Killdozer One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack) (Coven) For Ladies Only 1989 USA
Pink Floyd Remember A Day A Saucerful Of Secrets
1968 UK
Pink Floyd Summer '68 Atom Heart Mother
1970 UK
Pink Floyd Stay Obscurred By Clouds
1972 UK
Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond
(parts VI - IX)
Wish You Were Here
1975 UK
The Temptations (written & produced by Norman Whitfield R.I.P.) Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) A-side 7" single 1970 USA
Stereolab Cellulose Sunshine Chemical Chords (N) 2008 (4AD) UK/France
The Rick Ray Band Violence Marred By Peace Violence Marred By Peace (N) 2008 (Neurosis) USA
Lunar Dunes Seaspray From Above 2007 UK
Unio and Petitio Gillespie's Head Cheers Fanx Ta (N) 2008 (self release) UK
Big Block 454 Hi, Lax Old Medic! Bratislava (N) 2008 (self release) UK
Red Plastic Buddha Clouds Sunflower Sessions (N) 2007 (Spade Kitty) USA
The Last People On Earth
All Things Come To An End Electric Angel (N) 2008 (Tea House) UK
Earthling Society
A Playground Mystery Beauty & The Beast (N) 2008 (4Zero) UK
Banana Slidewhistle
What's Going On At The Seashore? Banana Slidewhistle (N) 2008 (self release) USA
Killdozer A Man's Gotta Be A Man Intellectuals Are The Shoeshine Boys Of The Ruling Elite 1984 USA
Killdozer Live Your Life Like You Don't Exist Snakeboy 1985 USA
Deadly Weapon Body Language (N) 2008 (Drag City) Israel
Heroine Sheiks
Meurte Vous Journey To The End Of The Knife (N) 2008 (Amphetamine Reptile) USA
Cows Sticky & Sweet Peacetika 1991 USA
Husker Du Obnoxious Everything Falls Apart EP 1982 USA
The High Places Shared Islands 03/07 - 09/07 (N - compilation of singles & odd tracks) 2008 (Thrill Jockey) USA
Dan Deacon The Crystal Cat Spiderman of the Rings 2007 USA
Guru Guru Baby Cake Walk Känguru 1972 Germany
Man with John Cippolina Many Are Called But Few Get Up (live) Maximum Darkness 1975 UK (Wales) / USA
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