They are just that band for me. And they always will be. I can sit here all day and describe to you in intense detail how they subverted the progressive rock genre, how they revolutionised album artwork, introduced light shows to music performances, and completely took the entire world by storm.
The V & A exhibition: Their mortal remains is a complete testiment to the band. Firstly it is sponsored by Sennheiser, and attendants are given their own headphones for the exhibition. This was a nice touch, and allowed everyone to have a personalised, emotive journey – in typical Floyd style.
It was arranged in chronological order, starting from the psychedelic 60’s; channelling the huge influence from the late Syd. This section was particularly emotional, Syds story is a sad one. A creative genius, who sadly took one too many LSD trips and never came back. This section consisted of a variety of their experimental stage pyschedelic album artwork, staged in trippy rooms that made you feel high as a kite and littered with artefacts left behind by Syd. Handwritten letters to his girlfriends, a picture of the bands first car (a Bedford, and of course much more). The highlight for me was a video interviewing the band and associates about Syd. When one guy broke down talking about him, it bought a tear to my eye. Syds section was tributary, emotionally provocative and trippy. Shine on you crazy diamond.
Throughout the exhibition you can see many of the bands greatly recogniseable iconography. The inflatable pig from Animals, the teacher from The Wall, the heads from The Division Bell. Meanwhile you are hearing excerpts from every album as you move through room to room.
The absolute ultimate point for me was the last room, the entire room was taken up by screens…and Comfortably Numb was playing – it was then2005 concert when The Floyd performed at Live 8. It really bought the concert atmosphere to the museum.
I’d say this exhibition is worth the £25 admission fee. I felt more emotion visiting this exhibition than I have in the last year. It reiterated to me how much we must appreciate Pink Floyd, their music and the fundamental messages they were portraying. Because, as mentioned in the exhibition; so many of the critical themes explored (particular in Dark Side Of The Moon) are still relevant now for every new generation. Austerity, isolation, time as a concept, depression and harsh realities of everyday life – they all hold such resonance.
Progressive, atmospheric, thought provoking sheer genius, which is utterly timeless. This is one exhibition not to be missed out on.