“The same old fears..”

Richard Wright, keyboardist and founder member of Pink Floyd, has died aged 65.

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  • percy

    sound choice for tribute RIP

  • Don Quixote

    I’m so pleased to see this thread – Thanks Pete! I hoped somebody at Slugger would pick up on the death of this giant.

    I know most here are concerned with NI politics but in a wider sphere a great musician died today who challenged NI politics before it was fashionable, In Pink Floyd’s last album (the Final Cut) they assigned Paisley to the Fletcher Memorial Home and on the same album referred to “maniacs who blew up bandsmen by remote control”.

    Words like these may win little sympathy here – particularly with those who voted SF or the DUP – the majority.

    Pink Floyd presented lyrics that never needed to mention NI – many will have seen parallels with “The Wall” but how many listened to “Welcome to the Machine”?

    A great musician passed away today – a poet whose words are as relevant today as when he first wrote them. Sadly, this immortality comes from having added value to life and his passing leaves a great sense of loss.

  • Fan of Floyd
  • Dec

    Don Quixote

    At the risk of inviting a charge of pedantry, The Final cut was not Pink Floyd’s last album as they released (sans Waters) two further albums. Given that The Final Cut does not feature Rick Wright, as Waters had sacked him by that stage, I’m not sure of the specific relevance that album has to Rick Wrights ultimely passing.

    Pink Floyd presented lyrics that never needed to mention NI – many will have seen parallels with “The Wall” but how many listened to “Welcome to the Machine”?

    Popular consensus has it that the former deals with isolation and the latter with the music business. It’s not always about us.

  • Blue Hammer

    Never one for overly eulogising rock musicians when they shuffle off this mortal coil, I’ll make an exception for Rick.

    A great performer in one of the all-time great bands, his passing will sadden many fans all around the globe. I guess it finally kills off the hoped for re-union of the Floyd.

    It looks like those of us of a certain vintage will increasingly see our heroes depart in this way – we have lost two of the original Floyd, two Beatles, two of the Who, a Stone and numerous other musical giants. We’ll not see their like again.

    Shine on Rick.

  • As mentioned above, great choice of song. Wright’s role in Flyd was too often underplayed, but his use of atmospherics and complicated textures added to the under-stated approach of many songs. I’d love to hear a lot of the older Floyd stuff re-mastered to hear his work shine through.

    As to the NI references and what The Wall The FC were about, they were very much ‘of the moment’ The Wall and The FC were very much led by Waters. As Fish of Marillion said The Wall was the most punk album of the punk generation. As well as painting a personal picture of the dichotomy of despair and megalomania that came with superstardom it castigated the racism rampant in parts of 1970s UK, which threatened a totalitarian approach to justice to combat alleged threats (sounds familiar) of which art and the individual were the first victims. Wright’s performance on it (when he worked with former Thin Lizzy guitarist Snowy White) was a tremendous exploration of samples and midi keyboard work to such an extent Waters felt threatened. The Final Cut was a bitter anti-war album, in which Waters was forced to use session musicians for much of the pieces as band relationships had ended. Waters has said the lyrics are “me telling a story and offering my opinion, full stop”.

    It is, however, gratifying that rock can inspire debate and discussion about the lyrics and music – I fear that the current crop of so-called superstars (Coldplay etc) play a vanilla brand; the only true innovators are in the underground, whether it be hard rock, metal, prog, hip hop, rap of world music.

    RIP Rick, and thanks for many a night listening to Floyd when I was pretending to study!

  • SetantaBhoy

    Yes, a great selection.

    It is sad to think that half the original band have gone and as been mentioned before we wont see their like again.

    Just to pick up on the debate about the lyrics. I remember an interview with Roger Waters (before The Final Cut) which asked about what the lyrics in a lot of his sonns meant. His reply was something like ‘I know what I meant when I wrote them – but they mean different things now and different things to different people’.

    So if you want it to be about NI – it can be!

    RIP Rick, Shine on.

  • Dec

    Wright’s performance on it (when he worked with former Thin Lizzy guitarist Snowy White) was a tremendous exploration of samples and midi keyboard work to such an extent Waters felt threatened.

    Hardly. Wright’s studio contribution, by his own admission, had dwindled to virtually nothing by the time of The Wall. How much of this is down to intimidation on the part of Waters or Wright’s cocaine addiction is up for debate. However Wrights real legacy, like the rest of the band, is Dark Side of the Moon.

  • “Hardly. Wright’s studio contribution, by his own admission, had dwindled to virtually nothing by the time of The Wall. How much of this is down to intimidation on the part of Waters or Wright’s cocaine addiction is up for debate. However Wrights real legacy, like the rest of the band, is Dark Side of the Moon. ”

    Agree in part, but met Snowy years ago, and he told of the tensions, but outlined how much he learned about samples and use of midi and loops from Wright, who locked himself away with White two other session musicians and added a lot of pieces that he thought Waters would reject. Then he realised that Waters hadn’t even noticed which ones he’s added and which ones Wright had added. It was a sad state, but ultimately produced a challenging, if self-indulgent album. Dark Side yes, but also so much of the older stuff as well

  • lorraine

    i’ll see you on the dark side of the moon …………..

    rip rick: your music will live on

  • Wub Webmadge

    midi keyboard at that time?

    Do not tell The Irish Times but their technology guy believes that Appl€ inventented that with the Macinto$h!

  • earnan

    Pink Floyd- A Truly GREAT Band