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Producer Will Producer Will | 18:25 UK time, Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Pink Floyd


Now Playing kicks off Pink Floyd night on 6 Music this Friday, giving you the chance to make a playlist based around their incredible career.

From their early psychedelic output with Syd Barrett to their later, more experimental and progressive work, Pink Floyd are regarded as one of the most innovative group of musicians, ever.

Albums such as The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall regularly top ‘greatest album of all time’ lists and their influence on modern music is almost unrivalled.

Forming in the mid-60s, they found themselves at the vanguard of the prog-rock movement, which swept Britain and the world. Roger Waters’ disagreements with the bands led to a split of sort - though David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason did continue to work together under the Floyd moniker until 1996 - before Bob Geldof managed to get the band back together for 20-minutes as they headlined Live 8 in 2005.

This week we want you to make a playlist based around everything Pink Floyd.

• Their own material, from rarities ad album tracks to their finest moments
• Solo work from band members past and present
• Acts they’ve influenced (well where to begin) – David Bowie, U2, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Mystery Jets etc
• Bands related to their early Joe Boyd produced work – think The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and more
• Bands with amazing live shows – something pioneered by Floyd

You can suggest tracks in the usual way – Facebook, e-mail, Spotify and Twitter or leave a comment on this post (of course on Spotify there is a lack of actual Floyd material - but put it down anyway and we'll know what you mean!!)

If you’re a Floyd fan, make sure you tune in on Friday from 7pm.


  • Comment number 1.

    Here's a few of things I'd love to hear on your forthcoming Pink Floyd playlist -

    1) 'Pigs on the Wing Parts 1 & 2' linked together with the Snowy White Guitar solo (as featured on the original 8-track version)

    2) 'Give Birth to a Smile' - on the Roger Waters album 'Music From The Body' (featuring an uncredited Pink Floyd)

    3) 'Childhood's End' from the Obscured by Clouds album (one of my favourite Floyd songs ever)

    4) The live version of 'Echoes' from the 1974 BBC concert recording.

    Can't wait for Pink Floyd night on 6 Music!

  • Comment number 2.

    Moonhead would be a good choice with information about playing along to the landings - always been surprised it was kept in the vaults.

  • Comment number 3.

    The ultimate playlist? Ok...But it has to be said imho a lot of the best stuff was done live.

    * Sorrow (but this MUST be a live version - the song only truly comes to life live!)
    * What God Wants Part 1 (simply put the BEST solo track courtesy of Mr. Waters)
    * Drop In From The Top (a great solo instrumental from Rick)
    * Breakthrough (performed by Rick rather than Sinead O'Connor from David's 2002 RFH concerts)
    * Sheep or Dogs from Rogers solo tours (both - and I commit blashpemy here - actually better than the Floyd versions)
    * Take A Breath (the best solo offering from David)
    * On The Run (the original instrumental rather than the generally released synthesiser version)
    * Pigs On The Wing (with Snowy White's guitar link)
    * All three sections of Another Brick In The Wall back to back (w/ Happiest days between parts 1&2)
    * Money from Delicate Sounds Of Thunder (didn't appreciate the reggae switch on the bass line but the mid song band jam is awesome!)
    * Dominoes (Syd's best solo)
    * Have A Cigar from Roger's 1984 & 85 solo tour (The vocals are awful but the jamming sessions were great!)

  • Comment number 4.

    May I suggest the tracks "Home" followed by "Four Minutes" from the Radio Kaos album by Roger Waters?

  • Comment number 5.

    Owzabout?! 'Peace be with You' by the band (Pink Floyd) after Roger had left.
    'Wish you were Here' ft Stephane Grapelli.
    ANYTHING by Richard Wright's last work he was working on.
    " from Roger Waters work in progress.
    If you can't find any of this will I get a 'Wish You Were Here' Immersion box set?

  • Comment number 6.

    first of all i SORROW but for sure live version
    2-high hopes
    3- child hood end
    4-have a cigar
    at the end and i suggest MONEY live version on delicated sound of thunder
    pinks never dies
    and thank u all

  • Comment number 7.

    Don't think i've ever heard the full version of Echoes played on live radio, could be a first, you should definitely go for it! And perhaps even more controversially, i would love to hear the Ummagumma version of Careful With That Axe Eugene. I dare you to play either or both! Good luck!


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