Pink Floyd: 10 weirdest songs by the rock band

British rock band Pink Floyd was co-founded by Pink Anderson and the Floyd Council in 1965. The band was hugely successful right from its formation, thanks to its psychedelic rock music and sinuous lyrics. However, the group broke up when one of the core members left the group to pursue a career as a solo artist. But that didn’t mean the end of Pink Floyd.

Over the years, this English rock band and their legacy have given us a variety of groovy, dark, good and weird songs, reminding us of why they were musical pioneers. Today, even decades later, people try to copy and recontextualize their style, but a legend will always remain a legend.

From psychedelic madness and big-screen soundscapes to psych-jazz scribbling – Pink Floyd surely knew how to incorporate their spirit into a song to make it adventurous and interesting – although not always classic – for their devoted fans! We bring you such a list featuring the weirdest Pink Floyd songs of all time. Scroll!

Top 10 Weirdest Pink Floyd Songs Of All Time

1. Interstellar Overdrive (1967)




All of the songs from Pink Floyd’s album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, should (actually) be on our list of weirdest Pink Floyd songs. This album was created when the band were at their peak in their psychedelic phase, giving us nearly 10 minutes of instrumental panic with their song Interstellar Overdrive. This song is stuck in a bizarre combination of a hellish carnival of echoing Farfisa organ and guitar noises and an unnerving chromatic riff that’s just plain uncomfortable to listen to.

2. A Saucer of Secrets (1968)




This soundtrack was created after Pink Floyd fired Barrett (their old mastermind) early in the sessions and struggled to organize proper music. The result was this 12-minute track. From drawing diagrams on pieces of paper to visually depicting building a horror movie vibe and even adding soothing keyboard views, this soundtrack just couldn’t become more absurd. Although the band accepted that it wasn’t their best performance, and said, “The song, A Saucerful of Secrets, was a very important track because it gave the band a direction to go.” Even the audience agreed that they needed better direction when creating songs.

3. A Spanish Piece (1969)




As simple and unimaginative as the title sounds, the song lacks depth compared to classic Pink Floyd songs. The song, A Spanish Piece, is more like a rushed reflection with a very different vibe to Floyd’s. The last minute of this song is just flowing Spanish guitar stabs over a whispered vocal and muted bass drum. Another quirk of the song is its faux creaky accent and lines like “Listen, gringo: laugh at my lisp and I’ll kill you.”

Overall, neither the soundtrack nor the lyrics could help this song avoid our list of weirdest Pink Floyd songs.

4. The Grand Vizier’s Garden Party (1969)




The album, Ummagumma, reserved a studio solo song for each member of this rock band. With its overdubs of stuttering percussion to the random leaps of a studious flute, the song The Grand Vizier’s Garden Party was for Mason. He was a minimalist Pink Floyd drummer who didn’t sing or play tuned instruments and said, “I tried to do a variation on the obligatory drum solo.” The song is special.

5. Up the Khyber (1969)




The soundtrack, More, from Schroeder’s film, More, allowed Pink Floyd to stretch in desperation. The songs on this entire album sound like this British band ran out of ideas and experimented with almost everything they could work with. And it can even be seen in the song Up the Khyber which adopts an improbable psych-jazz aura with Wright and Nick Mason tapping randomly on the piano, organ and tam-tams. The song is wacky enough to make it to our list of the weirdest Pink Floyd songs of all time.

6. Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict (1969)




Waters tried to attempt an idea on Several Species, which was one of many tedious and weird solo tracks on the Ummagumma album. Similar to its name, this song is actually just manipulated and looped noises, resembling the atmosphere or chaos of cartoon chipmunks sprinting around a cave. Waters himself said, “It’s actually nothing; it’s a bit of concrete poetry.” Concrete poetry or not, one thing we know for sure is that this song belongs to our list of weirdest Pink Floyd songs of all time.

7. Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast (1970)




From cash and garden parties, the topic shifted to breakfast ingredients. While preparing his morning food, Alan Styles calmly lists his favorite breakfast foods – and that theme is set to the soundtrack of baroque keyboards and fingerpicked folk. As silly and bizarre as the concept seems, the overall combination feels less heavy, charming, and more playful, given the reputation of Pink Floyd’s songs. Alan even included the sound of his sizzling bacon – can any song get crazier?

8. Absolutely Curtains (1972)




Absolutely Curtains is almost a traditional Pink Floyd song for its first three and a half minutes. Then there’s an odd shift from the subdued suspense of piano and organ sheets to unexpected mysterious vocalizations. The group even stated that the song is a religious song from the Mapuga tribe and is meant to have unexpected twists. But audiences didn’t take kindly to this unlikely concept, so this song is also on our list of weirdest Pink Floyd songs.

9. On The Run (1973)




The album, The Dark Side of the Moon, began life on stage in 1972 and was considered a high watermark of studio technology after finesse and refinement in 1973. While every song on this album made the final playlist, there was this song, On la course, which was radically reworked. The song, On the Run, explored the anxiety of modern travel and evolved from a funky instrumental theme to an electronic collage partially created with the band’s new EMS Synthi AKS synthesizer. With its white noise hats, sequenced rumble patterns, and helicopter-like oscillations, this song became one of the ultimate headphone tracks ever Pink Floyd (at the time).

10. The Hard Way (2011)

The concept behind this song was that Pink Floyd was inspired to organize music from ordinary objects (but why?). According to Alan Parsons, “We were just going crazy. We’d put the rubber bands on and throw in a bassline, and then drums were added to that.” This super strange song comes from one of their family projects. However, the group ditched the whole concept to go with a more conventional theme that suited their group imagery. They released two such songs in which they reclaimed a wineglass atmosphere and a funky to elastic bass groove. Let’s just say it was probably for the best that Pink Floyd dropped this weird theme.

Wrap

People around the world agree that things have never been (and to this day are) never easy and smooth when it comes to the legacy of Pink Floyd. Therefore, another strange fact about the group has surfaced that the remix of their song, Animals, which was supposed to be released in 2018, has been released now, in 2022, after a 3-year delay.

Now, you may think delayed release is natural, especially when it comes to music. However, this delayed track only contains the remixed music without any notes. Pretty weird, right?

What do you think of Pink Floyd songs? Let us know in the comments section below.

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