Iggy Rose was one of Syd Barrett's girlfriends in 1969.
She is most famous for being the model on the Syd Barrett album: 'The Madcap Laughs'.
Nicknamed Iggy the Eskimo, it was rumoured she was part Inuit.
One day, in 1969, she disappeared out of Syd's life and was not heard of ever since.
Almost four decades later, the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit started to mess with things.
Its five years mission: to find Iggy and bring her back to the spotlights.
And guess what, with some invaluable help from many, many friends... we did...
Beginning 2017 Iggy Rose decided to leave social media. She died peacefully on the 13th of December 2017,
just before her seventieth birthday. Wishing you good luck, Iggy, wherever you are.
Somewhere in the latter days of the previous century, a journalist wrote
that the return of Kraftwerk was more relevant than the return of Pink
Floyd. Even as a lifelong Floyd-anorak I had to agree with that
opinion, but I need to confess that their quirky Autobahn
has been in my personal top-10 for decades. It is as essential as, for
Nobody would have predicted that two out of the three remaining Pink
Floyd members would play an important role in the musical fish-pond of
today. And yet…
Roger Waters has issued a live US + THEM that is loosely built around
his latest (and excellent) studio album Is
This The Life We Really Want? (Read our review at: Louder
than Words.) If you take a closer look at the tracklisting you see
that only three numbers of that album have been incorporated and that
the rest (18 tracks) are basically a Pink Floyd greatest hits package.
Nothing wrong with that. You need to give the people what they want, the
I know Waters has left his former band for 35 years now, but I can't get
used to singers who replace the David Gilmour parts. They may look as
uncombed as Gilmour in the seventies, but they still sound as a
surrogate band. It also feels to me that saxophone player Ian
Ritchie was having something of an off day on this release. The girl
choir, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius
sing heavenly but seem to have taken their outfits from a Star Trek TOS
All in all, they’re a weird lot, but an excellent and tight band. Roger
Waters walks around a lot, spastically attacking his bass guitar and
happily mumbling to himself, like grandpa on a family reunion.
I find this release very moving at places, especially with the classic
pieces that are more directed towards Waters, than on a David Gilmour
solo concert. I love the fact that ‘Brick’ was given a long treatment
with the intro piece ‘The
Happiest Days Of Our Lives’ and that it was extended with part three
of the song, instead of the pretty superfluous ‘Ballad of Jean Charles
de Menezes’ that can be heard on his (abominable) Wall album.
It also needs to be said that Roger Waters is getting old and somehow
one can hear that. The boys are not getting any younger and David
Gilmour’s voice, as well, has suffered as could be witnessed on some of
his Von Trapped Family video streams.
As an old and grumpy man myself I love the shots of young people
enjoying and singing to the music, often with tears in their eyes. Makes
me think of me, some 30-40 years ago…
Tears in my eyes are still my subjective parameter to measure the
quality of a Pink Floyd related product. Wish
You Were Here does it every time, so logically on US + THEM as well.
On the scale of used Kleenex tissues, this is a very good product, even
if Shine On You Crazy Diamond is missing.
Who says "Roger Waters" can't ignore the political messages he likes to
throw around, sometimes even interfering with the music as in Money that
is split into two parts by (images of) an atomic explosion. But in other
places, it is as if the editors didn't dare to show the political
messages too much… afraid that it might hurt the selling figures. Money,
it’s still a gas.
Despite some flaws, US + THEM is as good as it gets. Roger Waters has
taken back the leadership of what was once laughingly named Pink Floyd.
Live At The Roundhouse could be a live document of an entirely different
band. There is only one point of convergence between Roundhouse and US +
THEM and that is the presence of One
Of These Days. For the rest, both products are completely
Live At The Roundhouse from Saucerful of Secrets is very close to
fantastic although it doesn’t pretend to sound like Pink Floyd at all.
Nick Mason has always been the coolest member and he is the only one who
has been present in all Floydian incarnations from the past fifty-five
years. He was already a member when the band went under the name Abdabs
or another of those silly names they had at their beginning.
While Gilmour and Waters try to be a carbon copy of their previous
grandeur Mason seems to have said 'fuck it'. He assembled a gang of
cool-sounding dudes, playing pub rock style covers of a band Mason once
used to drum for. In a way it's blasphemous and that is what it makes so
These guys seem to have fun when they play a song, especially Guy
Pratt, but he has always been some kind of a nutjob. He should
assemble his many rock'n'roll anecdotes in a book and call it My
Bass And Other Animals or something like that if he ever finds the
While the kids are having fun, grandpa Mason sits behind his drums
friendly smiling and overlooking the brats on stage. It’s, in a way,
very satisfying to watch. I feared a few times that Nick might fall
asleep, but it was a false alert.
The biggest surprise is the return, not of the son of nothing, but Atom
Heart Mother, in a condensed but oh so admirable way. Pass me the
Kleenex box, please.
The concert that I witnessed a long time ago in Antwerp, if I remember
it well, ended with One Of These Days. I used that occasion to have a
leak as I have always found it one of the Floyd’s lesser tracks.
For me, it didn't need to be on Roundhouse, nor US + THEM.
Time for the encores.
Does it need to be said that the Celestial Voices part of A
Saucerful of Secrets is about the most beautiful piece of rock music
ever? It beats Comfy
Numb with at least half a block.
To end the gig Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets even manages to
transform one of the worst songs of Pink Floyd into the next big 1968
thing, as memorable as The MonkeesPorpoise
Me At The Sky is an unforgettable way to say goodbye.
Buy US +THEM for the jukebox hits, buy Live At The Roundhouse for the
Oh, by the way, which one…?
Saucerful of Secrets is Dom Beken, Lee Harris, Gary Kemp, Nick Mason &
♥ Libby ♥ Iggy ♥
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