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what an album. welcome to the machine, even tho the title track is the sentimental sweeper obv, and the shine ons are magic.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Shine on you crazy diamond (part one) 9
Wish you were here 7
Welcome to the machine 6
Have a cigar 2
Shine on you crazy diamond (part two)0


Surmounter, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 17:18 (eleven years ago) link

funny cuz i used 2 enjoy Welcome... & Have a Cigar the least, but now the most

Surmounter, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 19:47 (eleven years ago) link

damn i forgot this at home today.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 13:45 (eleven years ago) link

track 1 by such a long way it's not funny

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 14:59 (eleven years ago) link

i just don't know. i mean that's like my proper answer but really i crave Welcome to the machine. i mean those synths are kind of intoxicating!

Surmounter, Thursday, 5 June 2008 02:13 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Thursday, 5 June 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

My favorite Floyd, give or take "See Emily Play." Gotta be "Have a Cigar" for me. "Everybody else is just greeEEEN."

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Friday, 6 June 2008 00:00 (eleven years ago) link

"Welcome to the Machine" -- the story of Pink Floyd's downward arc of a career, obv.

stephen, Friday, 6 June 2008 00:24 (eleven years ago) link

You mean that downward arc that led to The Wall?

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Friday, 6 June 2008 00:28 (eleven years ago) link

"Welcome to the Machine" gets my vote for the worst song this band ever recorded. And that is really really saying something.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 6 June 2008 00:44 (eleven years ago) link

omg what a terrible statement. welcome to the machine is one my fave songs of theirs and don't ask me to explain why.

Surmounter, Friday, 6 June 2008 14:11 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Friday, 6 June 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

nice

Surmounter, Friday, 6 June 2008 23:15 (eleven years ago) link

omg what a terrible statement. welcome to the machine is one my fave songs of theirs and don't ask me to explain why.

Even with the Gilmour-taking-a-shit vocals?

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 7 June 2008 01:27 (eleven years ago) link

didn't see this poll but have a cigar is my fav pink floyd song i think

ciderpress, Saturday, 7 June 2008 02:38 (eleven years ago) link

it is pretty unique and great

Surmounter, Saturday, 7 June 2008 02:41 (eleven years ago) link

oh wow... finally a poll where the only right answer actually wins

kenan, Saturday, 7 June 2008 04:40 (eleven years ago) link

lol Have a Cigar is so entry-level floyd.

kenan, Saturday, 7 June 2008 04:41 (eleven years ago) link

so pompous! look obviously the "correct" answer won but that doesn't mean it's correct, OK?

Surmounter, Saturday, 7 June 2008 04:53 (eleven years ago) link

Even with the Gilmour-taking-a-shit vocals?

If I'm remembering my Floyd lore correctly, Welcome To The Machine is Gilmour double-tracked with Waters in the background. One of the verses needed to be pitch-shifted up because neither of them could hit the note.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 7 June 2008 07:46 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

title track is sooooo good...the Floyd at their most Dylanesque, at least in Gilmour's vocal, until the wonderful scat at the end. And I don't know enough about music to say for sure but the chords at the end seem unresolved---I'm sure someone else can quantify this for me. The wind at the end is the album cover to me, going into the second "Shine On" where the fire catches on. also I love the album cover, pretty iconic no? It's an album about being in a huge rock band, I guess, and the cover looks like an airport, with businessmen doing their dirty work in the foreground.

Euler, Sunday, 18 April 2010 20:01 (nine years ago) link

Pretty sure it's a movie studio, not an airport. I see zero runways.

kelpolaris, Sunday, 18 April 2010 23:39 (nine years ago) link

we're just two lost souls
swimming in a fish bowl
year after year

Someone wrote that in my high school yearbook.

Mark, Sunday, 18 April 2010 23:43 (nine years ago) link

Welcome to the Machine should have won. Have a Cigar, glad to see it only got two votes. Like it but there's far better.

Phoenix in Flight (Cattle Grind), Sunday, 18 April 2010 23:46 (nine years ago) link

Would have voted WTTM. Unless I actually did but didn't bother advertising this fact. It's wonderful where the rest of the album is merely good. Pink Floyd's second-best record after Ummagumma IMO, not that I listen to 'em much at all these days

one year passes...
seven months pass...
three years pass...

Nobody likes Shine On Pt 2?

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 21:44 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

i like it way better than welcome to the machine

Treeship, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 22:57 (four years ago) link

i love the way ilx deals with time jumps. "1 month passes...." it's so poetic and really emphasizes the way this board continues to accumulate content, like this massive epistolary novel-like work that sprawls in different directions and never ends, vaster even than the fantastical play in kaufman's synechdoche, ny. there is also a sad quality to it, as people communicate across time.

o jimmywine dyspeptic, how i wish you were here

Treeship, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:02 (four years ago) link

feel like i can enjoy this record if i actually put it on, but man some of it ... "have a cigar" came on the radio when we were driving somewhere last weekend and i thought: "this is the worst."

I mean, it still ruled, but

tylerw, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:02 (four years ago) link

no i agree with you. that song sucks.

pretty much all pink floyd songs that are fixtures of classic rock radio suck except for like, comfortably numb.

Treeship, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:03 (four years ago) link

"We're so happy we can hardly count"

Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:28 (four years ago) link

I'd be happy if I never heard the title track of this album ever again. 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond', on the other hand...

four years pass...

Dopey realisation that musically Have A Cigar could account for ~80% of Goblin's schtick. Harper totally slam dunks the performance as well.

Returning to this album for the first time since abandoning it sharply following regulation mid-teen fixation. I have slightly better headphones now.

Thank You (Fattekin Mice Elf Control Again) (Noel Emits), Monday, 12 August 2019 13:36 (one week ago) link


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