Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Discusses “Wish You Were Here”
“We Were Clueless.”
Wish You Were Here is one of my top 3 favorite Pink Floyd albums and it still blows me away that when it was written, the band was clueless as to how to actually write it. According to David Gilmour, the band was ‘clueless’ – messing around and not having any real direction in mind for the album. It wasn’t until ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ was in the works that the album took a conceptual direction – absence.
A Eulogy For Syd Barrett
The 1975 album Wish You Were Here is a reference to Syd Barrett, whose increasing mental issues forced his departure from the band. After his strange appearance during the recording of the album, no one saw him until his death in 2006.
Gilmour has a fantastic way of explaining the complexities and intricacies of Pink Floyd’s most iconic albums in a way that makes it both pleasing to listen to and easy to understand; it’s one thing to hear a music critic attempt to break an iconic album of Wish You Were Here’s caliber to its very core, but another thing entirely to have it explained by someone who had a hand in writing it.