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The Pink Floyd Pie Chart

Entry 315 posted in: 5. The Pink Thing, 6. Self-Made Monsters

A Pink Pie, well not really pink... From time to time I get these weird ideas. Most of those just stay buried in my head. You have maybe already wondered why there is a Star Trek category on this blog with two and a half and only two and a half messages inside. That is because I had (and still have) this crazy plan to write a sequel to an original Star Trek episode. Because I often wondered, what happens with the inhabitants of a certain planet after Kirk leaves the crease? I even downloaded some population viability software and that came to the conclusion that a certain tribe may well have died after Kirk and his goofy droogs left the planet they supposedly saved.

Some of my opinions on some original Star Trek episodes can be found on Phil Farrand's Nitpickers site. He is the bloke who wrote those excellent Star Trek Nitpicker guides BTW. Phil, if you ever read this, let it be known that your Nitpicker's Guide for Classic Trekkers is the best Star Trek book ever I have in my unhealthy collection of Star Trek books. It is also one of my plans to publish my comments for all original Star Trek episodes on this blog. We'll see when these beam over here as well...

But that isn't what this post is about. It is about a small Flash quiz I have made, aptly called, The Pink Floyd Pie Chart. On the Late Night forum, I am a proud member of, there has been an Internet quiz addiction lately and so I just made one up myself. Probably I had more fun creating it then you will have playing it.

Back to the dishes now... I should buy me a dishwasher one of these days...

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Star Trek vs. Monty Python

Entry 316 posted in: 7. Star Trek - The Original Sucker

Ah. The mist of time. Star Trek TOS was the greatest science fiction series of all times (remember Arena?) and Monty Python were always brilliant. Here is a combination of both. Extremely silly.

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Star Trek vs. Jefferson Airplane

Entry 317 posted in: 7. Star Trek - The Original Sucker

Grace Slick has always been one of the more flamboyant inhabitants of my wet dreams. Probably that is because of her mythical reputation.
It's a bit what happened to the British psychedelic underground movement in the mid-sixties. Because the blokes who ruled it didn't have a clue what the alternative scene was in the States (no Internet, no intercontinental television, remember) they invented a British version that was apparently much more progressive than the American one. (English underground was mainly a boys club, Miles's girlfriend remembers how Barry and his alternative gang were discussing sexual liberation while she was in the kitchen and could only come out for serving tea and biscuits).

This was also reflected in the music. As Pink Floyd and the other acid bands only knew from hearsay what their American examples were doing they constructed the Brit-variant of the sunshine underground. When Pink Floyd toured America a few months later they were rather disappointed. Manager Peter Jenner was shocked how lame the Fillmore West was compared with UFO and how 'ordinary the bands were compared with the English psychedelic bands'. Roger Waters called the Haight-Ashbury bands less 'extraordinary and mindblowing and trippy' than he had anticipated. (Groupie attention was another thing of course and when the boys got back home from their first American tour they rushed off to a London hospital to get some injections against gonorrhoea.)

I had more or less the same experience (no, not the clap one). When I first listened to The Grateful Dead my immediate reaction was 'this is fucking country music', not understanding what was so special about these guys. As a matter of fact The Grateful Dead never made it big in Europe and have only been world famous in the USA.

A few years ago I read Grace Slick's autobiography 'Somebody to Love'. The reason why I bought it was because I was genuinely interested in a fair amount of sex, drugs and, why not, some rock'n roll. But alas, the book was as interesting and inventive as most of her solo albums. Slick's most famous quote is that 'if you remember the Sixties, you really weren't there' (others attribute this quote to Paul Kantner or even to Timothy Leary) and apart from the fact that she once had a nookie with Jim Morrisson she doesn't remember a lot. I now have this vision of Grace Slick as a rock'n roll granny who calls herself a painter and who listens to the insubordinate tunes of the Gypsy Kings.

But there has always been that voice that can turn even the tackiest song into a classic. And the video is brilliant too...

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Alvin 'Little Pink' Anderson

Entry 318 posted in: 5. The Pink Thing

Day to day a year after Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, died from a diabetes related disease I learned that Alvin 'Little Pink' Anderson is suffering from the same illness.

For those who are not aware who Little Pink is, he is the son of legendary Pink Anderson. It was his name, together with Floyd Council, that Syd Barrett combined to baptise the band he was playing in. He had found these names on the liner notes on the back of a Blind Boy Fuller LP and these two were among the artists cited as being representative for the Eastcoast Piedmont Blues. Floyd Council was an obscure blues performer (mostly in Blind Boy Fuller's band). Pink Anderson, on the contrary, was rather known in blues circles and it is a pity that nowadays he is only remembered for the anecdote above.

End of past year Alvin "Little Pink" Anderson recovered from a stroke and was diagnosed with diabetes. Born in 1954 in Spartanville, South Carolina, he began his career at the age of three tap-dancing as his father played for medicine shows. (Taken from Leversblues December 2006)

A local American newspaper now writes the following:
"Pink Anderson has diabetes and was told by his nutritionist that pecans would be a good snack because they are low in sugar.
He called up Music Maker Relief Foundation and told us he needed pecans but cannot find them in South Dakota.
He'd like shelled, roasted, and un-salted please.
Send to: Pink Anderson, 807 Cottage Ave #30, Vermillion SD 57069"

As Little Pinks medical expenses are about 500$ a month he can do with a bit more than a few nuts. For instance you can buy copies of Little Pink's CDs Carolina Bluesman and Sittin Here Singin the Blues, as well as his father's CDs Carolina Bluesman, Ballad and Folksinger, and Medicine Show Man, directly from him.

(Thanks to Benji for this story.)

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