Title: Careful With That Axe, Eugene
Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: Studio version, B-side of “Point Me To The Sky”; Live version on “Ummagumma”
Year Released: 1968; 1969
What It Is: Duuuuude. It’s a psychedelic freakout. This, I contend, is the CLASSIC Pink Floyd period, where they wove soundscapes together and truly made psychedelic mind music. While their later albums utilized a lot of overdubs, synthesizers and studio trickery, this stuff was easily replicable on the road (as you see and hear). Hey, they did “A Saucer Full Of Secrets live”, so anything was possible for them.
(I first typed a Saucer Full of Seacrests – youch – imagine a whole UFO full of Ryan Secrests. OUT!)
Also, it’s kind of funny that this was a B-side of a long forgotten single (“Point Me At The Sky”), and this was the one they played in concert for years.
Also, also, this was used as the basis for “Come In Number 51, Your Time Is Up” from the Zabriske Point movie and soundtrack.
Riffage / Hookage: Not riffs, per se, but pieces of organ, bass and guitar that really set a pattern and a mood.
Cowbell?: Nick Mason had some, but preferred to whack many cymbals.
Words Of Wisdom: “Careful With That Axe Eugene….AAAAAAAAAAAAH!”
Mixology Report: Good chill out tune, but it doesn’t go well with some genres. Like Madonna, or Gwen Stafani, or Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers, or the Partridge Family. Oh, wait. Heck, that may be a fun mix!
Top Five Genius Results: Octopus – Syd Barrett
Not To Touch The Earth – The Doors
We’re Gonna Groove – Led Zeppelin
Siberian Khatru – Yes
Mother Goose – Jethro Tull
For The Good Of The Order: There HAS to be a lot of archival Pink Floyd live recordings. I know there’s an outtake of “Interstellar Overdrive” from the Ummagumma concert. They had some set live pieces before Dark Side Of The Moon that they never recorded as a set piece – but used for various albums. Let’s hope they can release some of that stuff soon.
Duuude, here’s the Floyd live on KQED.
And here’s Michelangelo Antonioni blowing shit up in Zabriske Point, and Pink Floyd then coming in at about 1:50 into it. Yes, this sequence made as much sense as the movie. Drugs are bad, mmmkay?