When someone professes to be a major Pink Floyd fan I usually ask what said person’s favorite song off of “A Saucerful of Secrets” or “Obscured by Clouds” is - which is usually followed by a blank stare.
And I’m not the biggest Pink Floyd fan on the planet but the band has had a soft spot in my aural heart since circa 1983 when one of my good friend’s dad took us to see “Laser Floyd” at the Fernbank Planetarium in Atlanta, right about the time “The Final Cut” was released.
As WAVE 104.1’s Scott Man said Friday night at the American Pink Floyd show – a Nashville, Tenn.-based Pink Floyd tribute – at the House of Blues, “I’m not a Pink Floyd fan - I’m a Pink Floyd snob. If you’re going to do it, it better be good.”
And the six-piece ensemble held up to the challenge plowing through an almost three-hour set that include more-obscure material such as “Echoes” and “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” along with crowd pleasers including “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Money,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Us and Them,” “Comfortably Numb” and “Run Like Hell.”
It seems every classic rock act has a so-called “obscure” album that comes in its discography between more popular albums – such as The Beatles” “Magic Mystery Tour,” The Cars' "Panorama," Led Zeppelin’s “Presence” or The Who’s “Who By Numbers” – but these works generally ignored by radio and casual listeners are usually revered by hardcore fans. For Floyd fans, it’s the 1977 disc “Animals.”
American Pink Floyd’s set Friday night delved heavily into “Animals,” a concept album loosely based on George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” and featuring only five tracks, the band tackled the epic, 17-plus-minute “Dogs,” “Pigs on the Wing” and the aforementioned “Pigs (Three Different Ones).
I arrived a little late, but the band was just launching into “Wish You Were Here” when we walked in, and I knew it was going to be a treat as the sextet faithfully recreated that 1975 classic, but still leaving a bit of room for improvisation.
One of my favorite Floyd tracks is “Fearless” off of 1971’s “Meddle” and it was listed in American Pink Floyd’s repertoire in its electronic press kit, and unless they played it before we got there, it was not aired out – but that’s my only real quibble with the set list.
But how can you really go wrong when you’re choosing from Floyd’s immense catalog?
Yet, one of my least favorite Floyd compositions turned out to be one of the evening’s highlights. Back in the day when vinyl was the norm, I’d lay in my bedroom and queue up “Dark Side of the Moon” and by the time Side One’s closing track, “The Great Gig in the Sky” rolled around, I’d be in La-La Land and the turntable would shut off automatically. But I damn sure didn’t fall asleep during American Pink Floyd’s rendition of “The Great Gig in the Sky,” as keyboardist/saxophonist/vocalist Blair Brietreiter Smart came out from behind her bank of keyboards and blew the roof off with her interpretation of Clare Torry’s wordless vocals of the original. Her sax solos on “Money” and “Us and Them” and “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” got the crowd pumped up, too.
As for the crowd, it wasn’t sold out, but a nice showing considering the evening was also classic rock station WAVE 104.1’s 21st birthday celebration.
As for deejay Mann and WAVE 104.1, he started the next day by camping out in an RV at Broadway at the Beach for the 11th annual Marathon for Meals, a food drive benefiting Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach and Helping Hand.
Here’s how it works – Mann is holed up in that RV near Broadway at the Beach’s Visitor Center – from where he is also broadcasting – until a trailer is hopefully filled up with non-perishable food items and hygiene products (Mann might need a few after spending a few nights in that RV). The Marathon for Meals is happening all this week, through 6 p.m. Friday (Nov. 22).
If you can’t make it to BATB to donate your items, there are other drop-off spots up and down the Strand:
According to WAVE 104.1’s Web site, drop-off points include:
- Three Grand Strand Piggly Wiggly Stores (Market Common, Surfside Beach, and 16th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach)
- Three Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson locations (Broadway at the Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Myrtle Beach)
- Three O’Reilly’s Auto Parts (S.C. 544 Socastee, U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach, and U.S. 501, Conway)
- Falk Family Chiropractic & Wellness (1501 Ninth Ave., Conway)
- Carolina Forest Veterinary Hospital (209 Ronnie Ct., Myrtle Beach)
- Veteran’s Café (3544 Northgate Blvd., Myrtle Beach)
- Maaco (1329 U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach)
- Meineke (2351 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach)
- Furever Young (1320 U.S. 501 Business, Unit E, Conway)
- Advanced Chiropractic (4022 Postal Way, Myrtle Beach)
- Executive Services (514 Alder St. #1, Myrtle Beach)
- Yoga in Common (3062 Deville St, Myrtle Beach)
- Massage Envy (980 82nd Pkwy., Myrtle Beach)
- The Founders Center (2411 Oak Street, Myrtle Beach)
- Dunkin Donuts (4883 U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach)
- Dunkin Donuts (3001 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach)
- Dunkin Donuts (8709 U.S. 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach)
- Dunkin Donuts (118 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach)
If you’re not sure about what to donate, the Web site suggests the most-needed items are:
Non-perishable food: Baby food, beets, black-eyed peas, canned milk, canned potatoes, carrots, cereal, coffee, corn, dry beans, dry milk, green beans, grits, instant potatoes, jelly, juice, Kool-Aid, hot chocolate, macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, oatmeal, pasta and sauce, pinto beans, peanut butter, peas, pork-and-beans, rice, sweet potatoes, spinach and tomatoes.
Hygeine prodcuts: "Soap, deodorant, shampoo, razors, feminine napkins, large diapers. Hygiene kits are provided to clients in need and contain soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, deodorant and comb," according to www.wave104.net.
So get on out there and support a worthy cause.