Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Pink Floyd's "High Hopes"

While known for their highly elaborate stage set-ups and mind-boggling light shows, prog-rock veterans Pink Floyd's video clips also deserve mention, if only to underscore the painstaking attention to detail invested in each promo.

A particularly noteworthy Pink Floyd clip is the one for the epic "High Hopes", taken off their effectively final album, 1994's "The Division Bell". More of a carefully thought-out short film than a proper, regular promo, "High Hopes" is akin to a pictorial retrospective of Pink Floyd's history, incorporating familiar images of bicycling academics, rolling Oxfordshire landscapes, deserted country mansions, crumbling statues, billowing giant pennants, giant teddy bears and sunsets. Peruse it here. Alternatively, check out a truly masterful live-in-the-studio performance by Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour and his band here.


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