Pink Floyd: the essential playlist
As Their Mortal Remains exhibition opens at the V&A, let us take you on a trip through Pink Floyd's musical journey. Lysergic acid diethylamide not included
The name is taken from a section of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows – which is, by the by, one of the most remarkable stand-alone chapters ever written. In it, Ratty and Mole boat down a river as witching hour brims over into dawn, seeking a lost otter pup. Their search feels hopeless.
'O, Mole! the beauty of it! The merry bubble and joy, the thin, clear, happy call of the distant piping! Such music I never dreamed of, and the call in it is stronger even than the music is sweet! Row on, Mole, row! For the music and the call must be for us.'
(You can read the full chapter here. Essential for anyone with a hint of the doldrums.)
Original illustration: The Wind in the Willows
The Pink Floyd association is fitting. Over five decades, the band grasped at some invisible world through music. From their psychedelic beginnings to the mysticism of 2014's swansong album, Endless River, they've always sought out a rich truth, just out of sight. The dark side of the moon.
'The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river
Forever and ever'
Listen for yourself: