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Floyd! Ok please

music Updated: May 28, 2010 01:08 IST
Jairaj Singh
Jairaj Singh
Hindustan Times
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Listening to Think Floyd last Thursday night, in a packed Hard Rock Café at the DLF Place Saket mall, brought back sullen, morbid memories of English rock band Pink Floyd’s music. So much so, that one heads home that night after the performance and plays Dark Side of Moon till dawn and wonders when one had stopped listening to them. But before one nosedives into nostalgia, one must admit, the band had one convinced this city really loves Pink Floyd.

Part of History Rocks, the Fox History and Entertainment channel’s rock music series, an ensemble group Think Floyd — clever pun, but not original — picked familiar faces from well-known Delhi bands such as Parikrama, Advaita, Artists Unlimited and Them Clones to play Pink Floyd covers.

A work of Parikrama’s bassist Chintan Kalra and others, Think Floyd — the Indian Pink Floyd tribute band — played two live sets by the book in a club that got people almost jumping for more.

While the crowd looked hokey-poky, the sound off — the musicians on stage played the set as though they were smitten, with a here-to-do-how-we-started-to-do look, which brought back memories of how pub rock shows kicked off in this city.

Watching them on stage, it was too evident to see Think Floyd got its Pink Floyd right — like any fans of the band would know Roger Waters went cuckoo after The Wall — which was why Think Floyd’s performance was good but also distracting.

Listening to them copiously play each correct note after the other with just about the right sound effects, with no special lights at all — while one dangled on the bar for half an hour to get a drink, got one wondering. Does one have to be drunk to appreciate Pink Floyd better? Does one have to wait for the second set to really sink in with some English war aftermath mottled with dour feelings of alienation? Or can we really do something to Think Floyd that even Pink Floyd would get interested?

None of these questions quite answered that evening — but perhaps they weren’t meant to. As the second set kicked off, the crowd began to thin but the energy started to ripen. After playing a couple of hours from Floyd’s greatest hits catalogue, the band ended with Wish You Were Here. Don’t know why, it got one listening to Floyd again.