Pink Floyd - Pow R Toc H
From the first album
Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967
I was ten years old, thought I was pretty cool. Was really into hippie stuff. Saved my money and bought this weird weird record with psychodelic colors all over it and a totally weird title, by a group I had heard the name of from "hip" visitors we'd had from California. They were 12 and smoked and cussed a blue streak and could sing all the Beatle songs. So of course when I saw this "Pink Floyd" *giggle*
album in Woolworths, I surreptiously bought it, hid it on the top shelf of my closet because I knew if my mom saw it I'd get a huge lecture about that "hippie crap". So I'd sneak it out and listen when no one else was at home. I thought this song was So Weird! and thought the band must not be very good, except the other instrumental, Interstellar Overdrive had a cool name because I devoured Science Fiction books. Well, I kept it for five or six years. In the meantime I got into increasingly harder rock, heavy rock etc. I started buying all the Black Sabbath albums from the first one. Mountain. Moody Blues. Deep Purple. I sold the Piper album at a garage sale for a nickel.
I didn't get back into Pink Floyd until Animals.
See what you think of this early unusual Pink Floyd.
I still laugh to myself when I think of the title of the album.
So sixties. So hippie. So deep.
Or was it just marketing?
Copyright 2011 Lyle Van Sciver