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Because Pink Floyd makes most things better. (For everything else there’s Robitussin.)

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  • CrunchyFrog

    When this album first came out I got it on cassette tape. Can’t remember why, this was the only cassette I ever bought. Years later I came across someone’s LP version and was finally able to access the lyric sheet. “OMG – that’s what “sharad” is – it’s the bloody English way of pronouncing Charade!”

    In some ways their best album, although the length of the tracks makes it inaccessible to a lot of fans.

    • Woodrowfan

      and now Americans know who Mary Whitehouse was, even if they’re not Doctor Who fans.

      • postmodulator

        I actually learned of her from a third source: she went after the Pythons at one point.

        • Dennis Orphen

          I learned about her from Viz.

        • Was she the inspiration for their War Against Pornography sketch?

  • tsam

    Shakezula, you are a goddess.

  • celticdragonchick

    Pink Floyd always had the best album covers. My spouse went on 3 state search for a huge box set of all of Pink Floyd’s work about 15 years ago and finally found it in a music store in Pennsylvania. Best Christmas gift I ever got.

    • Jeff R.

      Yes, it was by design firm called Hipgnosis. On somewhat of a lark, I just bought the book “For the Love of Vinyl: the Album Art of Hipgnosis.” They were friends of Pink Floyd and did most of their covers, but they also did many, many others including Genesis, Peter Gabriel, McCartney and Wings.

      About 30 years, I was visiting London and our host took us from their place in Wandsworth into Waterloo. I couldn’t believe it when the train went by the Battersea power station.

      • Dennis Orphen

        My favorite hipgnosis cover.

        Prelude’s The House on the Hill is another favorite too.

      • scott_theotherone

        Also, Led Zeppelin’s final four studio LPs. Presence may be one of their weakest LPs—although it may be the one I listen to most these days, in no small part because it’s also the one I’ve listened to the least—but it’s got great cover art.

        Hipgnosis’s co-founder Storm Thorgerson is almost always in the various Pink Floyd documentaries, and the guy gives great interview.

  • Pseudonym

    👍🏿

  • Dr. Ronnie James, DO

    Why not Pink Floyd + Robitussin? =)

    • Ken

      Some things should be left to the experts.

  • muddy

    My dog gets confused by “Dogs”. He checks the speaker, but then decides it’s far away so he goes to the door. But realizes it’s back over this way, and so on…

    Every.single.time.

  • sharculese

    Rankings on the three main tracks from Animals?

    Mine goes:

    1. Pigs
    2. Sheep
    3. Dogs

    • brewmn

      You are so obviously wrong hee it almost goes without saying. To anyone with functioning ears, it’s as follows:

      1. Pigs
      2. Dogs
      3. Sheep.

      • muddy

        Obviously correct.

      • sharculese

        I like the propulsiveness of Sheep, and that guitar solo is one of the best things about the album.

        I like Dogs, but it treads a weird line between David Gilmour pretty and Roger Waters ugly and never seems to stick on either side.

        Edit: Also, as someone who grew up on Radiohead I’m constitutionally inclined to like any song with whoosh whoosh laser noises in it.

        • muddy

          I like that driving quality to it as well. It makes you really feel the sheep being pushed and herded.

    • Lost Left Coaster

      You’ve got to be crazy.

      1. Sheep
      2. Pigs
      3. Dogs

      • postmodulator

        What you did there, I see it.

        • brewmn

          This post got me to listen to the album this morning. It really is very good.

          By the way, is this a good place to brag about the fact that three of my friends and I drove from Chicago to New York in February of 1980 to see one of the original performances of The Wall? Most memorable concert I’ve ever seen. I can still visualize almost the entire thing 35 years later.

          • Dennis Orphen

            The only time I saw Pink Floyd the venue was literally 2 blocks from my house, maybe less. All I remember were the backup singers.

    • scott_theotherone

      [Insert eyes bugging out emoticon]

      1. Dogs
      2. Sheep
      3. Pigs

      I think “Dogs” crushes “Echoes” for the title of Greatest Long Pink Floyd song.

      Also, the only reason this isn’t by far my favorite PF album is because of the relative weakness (and shadiness) of the “Pigs on the Wing” bookends. (Although hearing the Snowy White solo that linked the two versions on the 8-Track is pretty groovy.)

    • Pseudonym

      1. Dogs
      2. Pigs
      3. Sheep

      Incidentally, ever since that article Loomis posted, I’ve been hearing what sounds like a lot of dynamic compression in the percussion on just about every track I listen to, including these. I wonder if some of it’s just an artifact of the MPEG VP9 Opus audio compression used on YouTube or the (Ogg Vorbis?) on Spotify, or if these are ripped from remasters. Since my CD is packed away somewhere, time for me to see if I can find an original or vinyl FLAC.

  • Woodrowfan

    My favorite Pink Floyd album. About wore out my LP my freshman year of college. It was also part of a great gag on WKRP. Mr. Carlson comes in to talk to Johnny, looks confused, and asks if he hears dogs barking.

    • scott_theotherone

      I do.”

  • Thirtyish

    Truer words have seldom been spoken.

  • Jordan

    Robitussin DXM was one of the worst experiences in my life

  • Nigel Tufnel

    David Gilmour: greatest guitarist of his generation. Sorry, Clapton, Page, Beck, Thompson, Green, St. Hubbins.

    • CrunchyFrog

      A friend of mine was a reasonably accomplished guitarist. He was known for getting the latest album of whomever and learning the guitar parts within 3 hours down to the most minute nuance. The one exception was Gilmour – it would take him up to a week to figure out how to play the guitar parts of a Gilmour album, Pink Floyd or solo.

      • eh

        He’s the master of perfect intonation string bends.

    • scott_theotherone

      Yup. By far the least technically accomplished of that group and yet still the greatest—and I’m not at all convinced that’s a coincidence. Melody rules.

  • galanx

    PINK Pink Pink pink FLOYD Floyd Floyd floyd as we always referred to them back in the day (it’s supposed to be echoes).

    I liked them before they sold out and went commercial with Dark Side of the Moon.

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