This Is Why I Cringe When Someone Says They Want To do A Pink Floyd Song

felonious69

Well-known member
My own opinion and not the gospel.

This song is probably now the most covered Floyd song and I have yet to play in a band that covers it properly.
At least this fellow knows the lyrics and he was doing his best so I am not knocking anyone in this band and quite likely this was thrown together quickly.
But kids; leave those Floyd songs alone.

Ok...I gave it a few. I am not an expert at ANY instrument. But if you took out dudes vocals I would have no clue what song that was.
On the other hand, I saw one person, on a hammer dulcimer, and there were several people gathered around enjoying, and when a new song started I immediately said "That's Pink Floyd" and then some people close to me said Oh, it is! The song is the acoustic guitar song right after he says "is there anybody out there". It was done VERY WELL.
 

Yamaha Rider

Well-known member
My own opinion and not the gospel.

This song is probably now the most covered Floyd song and I have yet to play in a band that covers it properly.
At least this fellow knows the lyrics and he was doing his best so I am not knocking anyone in this band and quite likely this was thrown together quickly.
But kids; leave those Floyd songs alone.

A truly crass and horrible song which deserves every p***poor cover it gets, frankly.
 

Pootle

Well-known member
Sounds like they positioned the only mic they had available right next to that awful ride.

I definitely do think there’s some songs that should never ever be attempted as a cover, they’re just too iconic. U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name is an example. I’ve never heard a good version as the vocal is so strong and such a unique guitar sound. Always going to sound like bad karaoke in a pub or small club environment.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
I gotta say those guys have quite a bit of moxie though, going live with that. Either they’re that bad and don’t know it’s that bad, or they’re so good they meant to do it that way as a joke. Most likely the former.
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
I gotta say those guys have quite a bit of moxie though, going live with that. Either they’re that bad and don’t know it’s that bad, or they’re so good they meant to do it that way as a joke. Most likely the former.
Bo please tell me you do some Floyd in your OMB. You can play, you can sing, you dont have to worry about crappy string players doing it wrong.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
Bo please tell me you do some Floyd in your OMB. You can play, you can sing, you dont have to worry about crappy string players doing it wrong.
A friend of mine mentioned I should do some Floyd. I suppose I could. I’m not sure why every one attempts “Comfortably Numb” though. It’s not a favorite of mine. If I attempted a mid-tempo one, I’d go for “Us and Them”
 

bud7h4

Silver Member
Some bands are harder than others to get the same "feel". Zepp comes to mind. It's easy to play the same notes in the same order, much harder to get the same playing feel as Bonham and the boys, though.
I've heard some of the best rock drummers in the world get Bonham's bass drumming in particular just all wrong. Some sound too robotic, others too weak. Guitarists also rarely sound anything like Page, however skilled they may be. His famous brilliantly "sloppy" playing is really hard to duplicate.
 

bud7h4

Silver Member
Agreed, same with Ringo, and Keith Moon. But it's still possible to do great covers of those bands, even if they're just 99% 'there'. Nobody in the audience is going to leave because With A Little Help doesn't have exactly the same lilt as the Beatles' track.

Bermuda
I think with the Beatles and Who, people really just want to hear the songs. With Pink Floyd the unique sound is a huge part of the attraction.
 

Peedy

Senior Member
Most Beatles songs - particularly any of the rockers - aren't hard to make sound authentic. But shuffles, like With A Little Help and Penny Lane, have that Ringo touch that's hard to duplicate. Ticket To Ride is a bit tricky, even to hear Ringo himself explain it. And the fills in Rain... good luck!

Bermuda
Not to mention Paul McCartney’s bass line (re: Rain). Wow. You might get the notes right but that’s all about the feel.

Pete
 

Local Oaf

Well-known member
Am I the only person who doesn’t like Pink Floyd? Also, Zeppelin suuuucks. That’s all. Carry on. Nothing to see here.
 
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