My friends are lying in the sun, I wish I was there.

Summer ’68 – Pink Floyd (1970) MFSL / 24KT Gold Ultra II Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Summer ’68” was released on Pink Floyd’s fifth studio album, Atom Heart Mother, in the fall of 1970. Excited to see that some long blocked Floyd tunes are back! Standby for the resurrection of my long my blocked epic “Atom Heart Mother” video, soon as I can find time for a few minor updates and edits of the video and sound….the cows shall moo again shortly! 😉

The video is Jan Å vankmajer’s The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990)….a visionary filmmaker that I have several videos started that feature his work, this is the first one to get finished….not much editing on my part, it’s basically the short film set to the tune (although I did work some work on the film to make it look better in HD)…I could have edited it a bit more for a better sync, but you know?! 😉

Stalin’s bust is opened on an operating table, and this leads into an animated sequence which depicts Czech history from 1948, when it was taken over by Communists, to 1989, when the Velvet Revolution took place. Background knowledge of the historical context is required for one to fully understand and appreciate the entirely visual film.

The website Mubi gives the film a rating of four stars. [1]
Janet Maslin of The New York Times describes the film as being a “wonderfully apt short”, and describes the plot of “rush[ing] a statue of Stalin through drastic surgery, cranks out clay workers on an assembly line only to grind them back into clay” is “droll, breakneck satire”.

This album to me is an absolute one of a kind masterpiece, I like it much more than the more critically acclaimed earlier Floyd records. It seems that, according to a wiki article on the record, that both Roger and David have not thought as highly of it both recently making statements to the effect that it wasn’t up to par with the best Floyd efforts. This is a unique record, even from a band that specialized in unique records! It has always had a very otherworldly vibe going. I’ve heard it argued that it now sounds dated, but listening to it even today it sounds brilliant. I think that “dated” sound was intact when it was released in 1970, it’s just always sounded like something recorded from another time.
[Lyrics]
Would you like to say something before you leave?
Perhaps you’d care to state exactly how you feel.
We say goodbye before we’ve said hello.
I hardly even like you.
I shouldn’t care at all.
We met just six hours ago.
The music was too loud.
From your bed I gained a day and lost a bloody year.
And I would like to know, how do you feel?
How do you feel?
Not a single word was said.
Delights still without fears.
Occasionally you showed a smile, but what was the need?
I felt the cold far too soon – the wind of ninetyfive.
My friends are lying in the sun, I wish I was there.
Tomorrow brings another town, another girl like you.
Have you time before you leave to greet another man
Just to let me know, how do you feel?
How do you feel?
Goodbye to you.
Charlotte Kringles too.
I’ve had enough for one day.

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Storm Thorgerson Has Died Yesterday

His art was a huge part of my life. Storm and his partner,Aubrey Powell founded Hipgnosis and created many of the greatest most iconic album covers of all time!  I think his art played a huge part in developing my deep love for rock music….in the days long before music videos were popular, it was the album art that represented the albums and the music within.

Besides all the great covers Hipgnosis did for Pink Floyd, they created amazing covers for: Scorpions (Lovedrive & Animal Magnetism), all Catherine Wheel albums, Peter Gabriel (I “Car”, II “Scratch”, & III “Melt”), Genesis (…And Then There Were Three), Led Zeppelin (Houses Of The Holy, Presence, In Through The Out Door), Wishbone Ash, Yes, ELO, UFO, Strawbs, Styx, 10cc, Al Stewart, Alan Parsons Project, Paul McCartney & Wings….the list just goes on and on.

These album covers were always in my life and the work of Storm and Hipgnosis is a huge influence on my art. It’s these covers that inspire and challenge me….and being able to morph them into something hopefully interesting and worthwhile is the greatest joy I have with making the music videos.

Some captures from my Atom Heart Mother video…I hope Storm might have enjoyed seeing his cows create new art:

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