Title: Apples & Oranges
Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: Single A-Side (found on “The Early Singles” released with a huge box set in the mid-90’s)
Year Released: 1967
What It Is: Weird, wacky, wild Syd Barrett Pink Floyd. They were still playing ‘the game’ and needed singles. “See Emily Play” was a huge hit, so after the first album they needed another single to keep going (so sayeth the record company). Syd produced this, with along with “Jugband Blues” (on the Saucerful Of Secrets album) may have been the last thing he ever did with Pink Floyd before he went totally
bonkers. It’s totally insane to think that this would be a hit, even in 1967. It does have some poppy elements, but it’s just…insane.
Riffage / Hookage: It’s got some hooks, yes, but it’s kind of formless in places. That formless structure adds to its beauty, I think!
Cowbell?: Nick Mason doesn’t hit cowbell but knew his way amongst the ancillary percussion instruments.
Words Of Wisdom: “Got a flip-top pack of cigarettes in her pocket
Feeling good at the top
Shopping in sharp shoes
Walking in the sunshine town feeling very cool
But the butchers and the bakers in the supermarket stores
Getting everything she wants from the supermarket stores
Apples and oranges
Apples and oranges”
I believe this song is about observing a young lady going to market. Though, um, the meaning is meaningless, really, if you get my drift.
Mixology Report: Again, you need to be careful. The formlessness and randomness makes it not always compatible with other songs.
Top Five Genius Results: Syd Barrett – Octopus (der…)
Tomorrow – My White Bicycle
The Rolling Stones – Citadel
The Who – Armenia City In The Sky
Jefferson Airplane – Martha
For The Good Of The Order: After Syd left, they STILL tried to play the singles game, releasing “It Would Be So Nice” & “Point Me At The Sky” which are just meh and could have been released by almost any psychedelic UK group in that time frame. Then they just gave up and wrote albums.
Here’s a promo clip for this song, noted for the absence of Mr. Barrett.
Found this from American Bandstand. This song was on American Bandstand? What was Mr. Clark smoking?