WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PINK FLOYD?
Over the next few weeks, there’s a chance to examine two radically different options. Roger Waters brings the polemical spectacular of Us + Them to arenas and vast outdoor spaces around the UK and Europe. But on a much smaller scale, the appearance of Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets marks a poignant new chapter in the Floyd saga. We join the drummer as he reconnects with songs Pink Floyd left behind a half-century ago: a set of freakouts and idiosyncrasy that frames a time before The Dark Side Of The Moon, and revitalises the legacy of Syd Barrett. It’s a good time, then, for MOJO’s electoral college of heads to work out something akin to a definitive Floyd Top 50. There are deathless anthems, lost treasures, a prevailing sense of psychedelia being reconfigured for new eras, a cameo from Emily, and a tar monster with bladder control issues. “It’s 50 years ago, but those songs have lasted pretty well,” understates Mason, before speculating what might happen were Waters and David Gilmour to guest with him. “If we found ourselves reunited as Pink Floyd,” says Mason, “the whole world would come to an end!”