Song for Friday
Recommended by Dot Perks (Volunteer Steward and a member of the Management Committee)
BRAIN DAMAGE / ECLIPSE from ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ by Pink Floyd (1973)
Back in 1970 when I was wearing velvet flares and embroidered waistcoats, I was lucky enough to see two performances by Pink Floyd. The first time was in the small but legendary Birmingham club called Mothers which showcased some great progressive rock bands and was where Pink Floyd had recorded part of their ‘Ummagumma’ album the previous year. The second time was at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music (forerunner of Glastonbury) where they premiered ‘Atom Heart Mother’. There were major delays so they didn’t play until the small hours but luckily for me I was awake and walking through the sleeping crowd listening to the band play just for me – or so it felt!
Choosing a Pink Floyd track is a challenge in itself with so many great albums to choose from but ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ is one of my favourites. Every track on this concept album is based on one of the stresses of life, including time, money, war, death and insanity.
‘Brain Damage’ was written by Roger Waters who has said that the lyrics about insanity were partly inspired by the former member Syd Barrett who had suffered a breakdown. The line: “And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes…” is a reference to occasions when Syd would be playing a different song from the rest of the band during a concert.
The track leads straight into the final ‘Eclipse’ so they feel inseparable and form a great ending to the album.
Here is a live version recorded from 1994. See how many faces you recognise…