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March 12, 2010

I heart Pink Floyd

This week Pink Floyd won a court battle with their record company over downloads of their music.  They successfully argued that the record company EMI was violating a clause in their contract by selling individual songs from their concept albums.  The band included the clause to “preserve the artistic integrity of the albums.”

Normally I side with the common folk against the high-and-mighty artists in cases like these — give the people what they want, how they want it (yes, I’m talking to you, Steven Spielberg, and your crusade to make sure that no one ever sees an edited version of your R-rated movies because it would violate your almighty vision).  But in this instance I make an exception because this is truly in the best interest of the common folk.  Sure, “Comfortably Numb” is one of the single greatest songs EVER, but if you hear it in isolation from the rest of the album The Wall, you have missed a huge portion of its beauty and meaning.  And that would be tragic.  Truly tragic.

Pink Floyd makes concept albums.  Period.  If you don’t care enough about the concept to explore the entire album, then just steer clear altogether.

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4 Comments »

  1. love, love, love Pink Floyd

    Comment by kjell — March 12, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

  2. That’s really interesting (even though I’ve never listened to that group and don’t ever plan to).

    Comment by Nikki — March 12, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

  3. interesting

    Comment by Audrey — March 13, 2010 @ 12:21 am

  4. I love The Wall. I can’t say “I love Pink Floyd” because than I’d be lying. I can’t help hearing Comfortably Numb and hearing somewhere in the back of my mind… “crazyyyy.. over the rainbow… truly gone fishing…”

    Good for Pink Floyd for winning their battle.
    P.S. I can’t wait to meet the little one. I am on Spring Break this week, which I hope means I can sell Robin on a way to come down!

    Comment by Diane — March 15, 2010 @ 6:28 pm


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