Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pink Floyd as futurologists

In their 1968 single “Point Me at the Sky”, Henry McLean builds a “beautiful flying machine” and invites his girlfriend to join him in space and escape the horrors to come when there would be standing room only on Earth and no food:
And if you survive till 2005
I hope you're exceedingly thin
For if you are stout you will have to breathe out
While the people around you breathe in

People pressing on my sides
Is something that I hate
And so is sitting down to eat with only
Little capsules on my plate.
People did believe this in the 1960s – the junk science was settled.


Unknown said...

They did. They also beleived a whole lot of things about the year 2525, from what I recall.

Don't recall the details, only the whiny annoyance.

Stephen Stratford said...

"In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may find. . .

"Everything you think, do, or say
Is in the pill you took today"

and on and on. Yes, possibly the whiniest song ever.