Syd Barrett a founding member of Pink Floyd was born on this day, 1946. Throughout his life, Barrett created music that blended psychedelia, folk-rock and experimental pop. We were yet to have the “progressive rock” moniker the would become synonymous with Pink Floyd. Syd was one of the first to suggest a music performance might be more of a “look at” event multi-media experience vs. a dance event. His solo career included two albums that included Madcap Laughs.
After Syd’s exit from The Floyd due to metal illness he became the muse for much of the Floyd themes and song writing. Roger Waters is open about Syd’s influence on his writing from Wish You Were and through Pink Floyd The Wall.
KnuckleBonz created a Rock Iconz Ltd. Edition Statue to celebrate Syd from his solo years in 2017. That has been SOLD OUT for many months, but you can still check out out here.
We have created a new Syd Barret Rock Iconz Statue design and hop to release it later in 2023. Hard to believe the 50th anniversary for Dark Side of the Moon is almost upon us…what happened?
Check out all the KnuckleBonz Wish You Were Here, Division Bell, Animals Pink Floyd Collectibles here.
On this day in 1968. Pink Floyd released their 2nd studio album A Saucer Full of Secrets . It is notable today as the only time the (5) members of Pink Floyd would appear on any single track together. That track was the amazing Set Controls for the Heart of the Sun, which we believe is the first glimpse of what Pink Floyd would ultimately become. It featured original members Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright along with newly recruited Cambridge- pal David Gilmour. Gilmour, a childhood friend of Barrett’s, had been brought on to cover singing and guitar duties to pick up the slack that was becoming more frequent because of Syd’s advancing mental health issues.
Drop the needle of this early jewel from the Pink Floyd crown, or even better, get out the see Nick Mason’s Saucer Full of Secrets World Tour when it passes by you. We promise you, this is not some tired nostalgia tour. It is amazing and gives a “fleeting glimpse” of what it might have felt like seeing Pink Floyd in the late 60s or early 70s ahead of the Dark Side of the Moon.
Check out the current slate of KnuckleBonz Pink Floyd Limited Edition Statue and Collectibles here.
As Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon creeps up on the 50th Anniversary next year, it’s important to remember the impact the album had musically. However, for us here, it’s even more vital to remember the impact Pink Floyd would have on live concert performance that can be traced back to this era. Evolving from the liquid light shows in the Syd Barret era, The Floyd introduce Mr. Screen in France 1973 along with the short films of Ian Emes. These short films loosely tell the story of the individual tracks of the 42:49 minute Dark Side of the Moon. A touchstone moment. Pink Floyd also performed Dark Side live with the Roland Petit Ballet, an unbelievable mash-up for 1973. The success of Dark Side of the Moon allowed the band to expand on these live performance ideas that would grow into the gold standard for what a stadium rock concert experience would become. Pink Floyd was the 1st to take their own custom sound and light equipment out on the road. The original lighting stage dress featured cherry pickers with stage lights that moved during the show…an cool concept that was born out of necessity because of the issues surrounding a traditional light truss. There is little pro-shot film for video from this era…the stills we have must tell the story. What an amazing time for music…
We hope to create some of the moments for the KnuckleBonz Collectors and Pink Floyd fans around the world later this year.
If you are paying attention, you will see we have announced the newest piece for our Rock Iconz On Tour® Collectible Series. From the stage of the PInk Floyd, we have created the projection screen used in live shows dating back to 1972. This design had several details that needed to be solved to be able to produce a hand cast limited edition statue. The 1st issue to tackle was cost. We always to to keep the price consistent in our Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour Series. To tool and cast the truss that supports the screen in metal was going to costs a kings ransom and simply was not an option for a short run 500 piece limited edition. That’s right, our Division Bell Projection Screen edition number is only 500. No FoMO… So we had to figure our a way to simulate the truss with some other materials. We decided to sculpt the truss shapes then cast the entire part in clear resign. That would allow us to paint the truss metal structure leaving the rest as a polished clear surface. That allowed us to solve our cost and design issues. A byproduct of this is that though this ON Tour Collectible from the Division Bell era of Pink Floyd has no working lights, the clear resign does catch the light in interesting ways and makes for spectacular display. The live shot from the KnuckleBonz studio in the blog here has a single light behind the truss to make the edges glow…really fun to shoot this for the product launch.
The limited edition pages are live now and you can pre-order the Division Bell Pink Floyd Projection Screen now.
Not all heroes in the the KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour™ and On Tour Series played an instrument. The paint brush and camera lens also made music for all of us when wielded by the great album cover artist and designers.
Before the digital age of music, Album and Poster art was and essential part of the music Superfan experience. It the same flag many of us still fly today on the art we have in the house or the clothes we wear. Can you imagine Pink Floyd’s legacy with the designs of Storm Thorgerson? The “Dark Side of the Moon” Prism, all of the “Wish You Were Here” “Hand Shakes” the “Delicate Sound of Thunder” “Lightbulb Man.” Aubrey Powell founded the great Hypgnosis (In Collaboration w/ Storm Thorgerson) and gave us classic Led Zeppelin cover art from “Houses of the Holy” and . Could we ever separate Pink Floyd “The Wall” from the illustrator and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe? We think not. So many of the great bands we love are so closely tied to the great artists that were associated with their album releases. Roger Dean defined the band “Yes” with unbelievable illustration and graphic design that almost let you here the albums before you dropped the needle. Many of us discovered the fantasy art master Frank Frazetta, from the album art of Molly Hatchet before we ever heard of “Conan the Barbarian” The list goes on. Can you imagine Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow without the “Rainbow Raising” cover painting of Ken Kelly? Oh yes, what we owe the KISS Destroyer cover to him as well…
For us, these images are as as important as the music that plays when you drop the needle. It’s an essential part of why we are in our 18th year here at KnuckleBonz.
Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” – Simple Designs Can Be the Most Complex
When we began the initial discussions for our 3D Vinyl® Limited Edition State Series in 2017, the initial focus what to create something in statue and collectible form for Superfans™ that for what ever reason, did not dig the statue category. There was a ton of creative motivation obviously, but that was the touchstone moment.
Once we decided to move forward with a new KnuckleBonz collectible series, the real fun began; what albums should we initially create in 3D? We all blurted out our obvious favorites. Some were perfect for the 3D Vinyl format and could be expressed easily in statue form. Others, although amazing albums, with equally great cover art would prove elusive. One album that we all defaulted to and wanted to consider, was Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” The gold standard for concept albums, and the 8th studio release for Pink Floyd. The power of artist Storm Thorgerson’s pyramid with the prism light beam? Sounds great right? We are now 4 years into the 3D Vinyl Collector Series and we still have not pulled the trigger on any Dark Side of the Moon designs for 3D Vinyl. However, we are sneaking up on it and might submit something to Pink Floyd for consideration soon…Staytuned.