Remembering the Flipside

Why yes, I am a fan of Pink Floyd. Why do you ask?

Once upon time, long, long ago, when strange creatures wandered the Earth and you could still buy leaded gasoline just about anywhere besides California, and a compact disc was something to see a chiropractor about, our primary source of music at home was a device called a ‘record player’. Upon these ‘record players’ we would place scribed disks of vinyl, called ‘records’ and by manipulating the device we could reproduce the music contained in the scribing. The records had two sides: side ‘A’ would usually contain the popular songs of the recording artist, and side ‘B’ would contain some of their lesser known works. Side ‘B’ was also called the ‘Flipside’ of the record, and often contained musical treasures. I always liked the flipside songs. The young people of today have no concept of flipside songs due to the advent of digital musical releases, and I think that’s kind of a pity.

Eh, bugger that for a lark. The worthless punks are young! What else do they want? Greedy little bastards….

  • ptschett

    So Sean Connery was right!

  • texlenin

    Bet that was a trippy upgrade from those carved
    stone cylinders, eh, Doc?
    Speaking of rare b-sides, I have a weird 45
    that was included with Dr Hook and the Med-
    icine Show's Greatest Hits. 4 minutes of
    Ray, and I think Dennis, rambling and
    giggling nonsense. Great fun.

    oh- great "al-"bum" covers" , BTW

  • OA5599

    Wish I was there.

    Oh, by the way, which one's pink?

    • texlenin

      Just set your Controls For the Heart of the Sun,
      Eugene, and you'll be there shortly….

      Heehee. We all are.

    • FЯeeMan

      I don't know, but I'd like to see several small furry animals grooving in a cave with a pict

      • pj134

        I was going to post a picture of the band Super Furry Animals, but apparently they don't dress up as golden retrievers anymore and a good pic is hard to find.

  • B:

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    • GlassOnion9

      I think this is the perfect example of why some things ARE B sides.
      The A side to that record was Shambala, which I would argue is one hell of a great song. I guess they can't all be winners.

  • tiberiusẅisë

    I always thought Atom heart Mother was underrated. I'm glad to see it represented here.

    • My favorite album was "A Nice Pair", which was released right after DSOTM and actually a reissue of their first two albums; "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" and "Saucer Full of Secrets".

      I spent many an hour playing it in the mid 70's, mostly staring at the album cover & trying to figure out exactly what the @#$% I was listening to.

      Album cover, mildly NSFW (a couple boobies)

  • zaddikim

    I too liked 'B'-sides. I usually got tired of 'A'-sides being overplayed on the radio, and preferred the flipside tracks because they inevitably had more depth to them, not that Pink Floyd suffered from a lack of depth.

  • thomasmac

    I`m 22 and have the majority of one wall of my bedroom covered in AC/DC and Rolling Stones vinyls, some my dads and some reissues, it is kinda fun to turn off iTunes once and a while blast some vinyl

  • GlassOnion9

    It seems to me that the 'album' is going the way of the dodo. Everything is MP3s now, and you can just buy a song here or there. Even if you buy the whole album, I think most people just leave their MP3 players on shuffle.
    Don't get me wrong, I do the same thing, but I do make an effort to listen to every new 'album' I get from beginning to end in order, the way it was meant to be heard.

    • pj134

      I would say that there has been an increasing surge for vinyls these past few years. In fact, the past couple albums I have purchased came as a vinyl with a digital download pass. All the benefits of digital and all the benefits of vinyl all in one.

  • PowerTryp

    I would just like to let you know that I'm young but I know exactly what you're talking about. Not only did I use and enjoy vinyl but I did it with music that was probably made before your childhood (and long long before mine). Playing records by Louis Armstrong and many other jazz greats. Us young whipersnappers arn't quite as uneducated as you think. (or I'm just a strange guy)

    • GlassOnion9

      Agreed. One of my favorite memories from growing up was going through my parents' vinyl and playing record after record. There just isn't the same connection with digital music collections. I'll have to make sure I encourage my kids to browse physical media.

      • My dad was a drummer in several swing bands as a young man, and I grew up playing his 78 RPM plates. I was one pf the few kids growing up in the late '60s and early '70s who were intimately aware of Count Basie, Bennie Moten, Anita O'Day, Gene Krupa, the Dorsey Brothers…

        • pj134

          My parents (I assume through their grand parents) have the "Complete History of Swing" or something along those lines. Six or seven two inch thick album covers filled with vinyls split up by era of swing. I think there are more than a few shellac records in their collection as well.

          • My dad had some extremely rare metal-core shellac 78s. When he retired and they moved into an apartment, he donated them all to a local library collection. I was crushed.

          • pj134

            As it would turn out, by "their" I meant "my".

    • The Professor

      Hmph. When I was young, Edison was still trying to figure out how to make a wax cylinder without sticking his shoes to the floor. Punk.

  • pj134
  • SSurfer321

    Trypanophobia prevents me from enjoying vinyl

    • GlassOnion9

      Wrong kind of needle. /sarcasm

  • domino_vitali

    you write an article about vinyl, one of my favorite things in the world since i am a vinyl collector and dj, and use a photo of painted nude women as the photo?!


    • pj134

      Yeah, I get offended by Pink Floyd too.

      Just the music in general though.

      • The Professor


        • pj134

          Old head.

          (Note: If you don't understand this, please review the third and lower definitions on

          • The Professor

            Young douche.

            /take yer pick

          • pj134

            Oh no! I got called a douche by a Californian Pink Floyd fan! However will I recover!

          • The Professor

            Go order a micro-brew at a blue-collar bar, then extend your pinkie while drinking. The boys will be impressed and cheer you up.

            /for the record, I'm from Oregon. I just live in this nutty place.

          • I was going to make a remark about K Falls practically being California anyway, but then reminded myself that I have no inclination of ceding any part of the state that way. Not even Bend.

            Maybe Portland.

          • pj134

            Err, what blue collar bars and, I guess I do enjoy a wide variety of brews, although Yeungling is the standard. I do like Iron Hill Breweries though, and each restaurant is it's own brewery so I guess that is a microbrew. The Quadruple is delicious.

            /for the record, even worse, you CHOOSE to live there.

          • The Professor

            Yes, I did choose to live here. Two words: Women, money. Both were severely lacking in my old haunt.

          • pj134

            More men that are now women because of money, too, I would wager.

            I bet you could have found other places with women and money…

            California by way of Oregon douchebag.

          • Deartháir

            Am I going to have to send you two to your rooms?

          • pj134

            Eh, we probably agree on some things. I think we just light to drag out arguments when we can. Also, it's quite entertaining. That is, of course, until I get run over by a elderly gentleman driving a suburban.

          • The Professor

            Hmph. I just washed it, you think I'm going to dirty it up again?

          • pj134

            Put a coat of seal on it followed by a nice carnuba. Should make cleanup easy. The cross country drive will probably dirty it up more than me.

          • The Professor

            Eh, I think we've run this into the ground about as far as it will go. We'll find something to bicker about on a different post, Mom.

    • Deartháir

      You know, had you approached me — or the Professor — in a polite fashion and said, "I'm offended by that", we would have likely tried to alleviate the situation somehow. Your approach was not civil, particularly not on Facebook. While I can understand your opinion, I stand by my principles on this matter. I would not censor a nude statue from the Renaissance, male or female, because it is an art form, and I do not have the right to censor a piece of art.

      It's been said that there is a fine line between pornography and art that pushes boundaries, and the only difference is "I'll know it when I see it". In this instance, I believe it is art. Art is meant to offend, to make you think, and to open up discussions. This would have been a spectacular opportunity to open up a discussion about the usage of the feminine form in art, in media, and in popular culture. A conversation I would welcome, as I personally believe that the Renaissance — or even early-20th-Century — ideal of the female form was a much more attractive one than the one that is currently foisted upon us in the media. This is a discussion which I am certain would be excellent with the commenters we have here. A civil approach could have been enlightening to both sides. Explain to us, in a polite fashion, what offends you about this, and let's discuss it. Is it the image, or is it preconceptions you bring to the image? Either answer is just fine; our own preconceptions colour our perspective on the world, and discussing those preconceptions is how we progress as individuals and as a culture.

      I am told you have announced that you will "never return" to AtomicToasters over this matter. I am genuinely sorry to hear that. Moreover, I am sorry that we missed out on the chance for a conversation that could have been so much more than what it became.

    • i was up to central
      park yesterday watching some
      kids build a snow man when
      they were done and had
      gone away i looked it
      over they had used two
      little chunks of wood for
      the eyes i sat on one
      of these and stared at
      the bystanders along came a
      prudish looking
      lady from flatbush she
      stopped and regarded the
      snow man i stood
      up on my hind legs in
      the eye socket and
      waved myself at her
      horrors she cried even the
      snow men in manhattan
      are immoral officer arrest
      that statue it winked
      at me madam said the cop
      accept the tribute
      as a christmas present
      and be happy my own
      belief is that some
      people have immorality
      on the brain


    • tonyola

      Prude. By the way, vinyl sucks.

      • pj134

        I addressed your concerns in an earlier comment, sir.

        "Note for tonoyola: Please substitute terms of endearment with negative words of your choice (spite, hate, etc)."

    • SSurfer321

      As Dearthair stated, there are more constructive ways to indicate that you were offended by the lead in photo.

      As I read AT at work, I've requested a couple times in the past that the lead in photo be changed or downsized or linked to avoid upsetting co-workers should they pass while AT is on screen.

      The Admins on the site quickly addressed my concerns to my satisfaction. They may not have covered the art up but they would at least make the user follow the jump before it was displayed.

      TLDR: You're doing it wrong

  • pj134

    It may cost a little more, but I think it's worth it. Personally, as a Pearl Jam fan, I think we all have them to thank for vinyl not dying. Vitalogy was the first album to chart while only available as a vinyl since CD's became popular. I think it was also the last vinyl to chart, but the stuck with it through every release.

    I obviously don't know what your niece listens to, but if I may make a recommendation, Clutch will be seen as timeless once their time is done. The Regulator alone is worth $30 and they're an awesome, hard working band (averaging 70 shows a year, when they have a release it jumps into the hundreds). Plus, their label needs to pick up steam (the band puts in 50%, the label puts up 50% and they split profits down the middle). Here is there most recent re-release on vinyl, although it might be worth waiting to see if Robot Hive / Exodus comes out. (if you look the songs form this album on youtube/spotify I also recommend Ghost, La Currandara and WYSIWYG (instrumental jam that is damn good)).

    Note for tonoyola: Please substitute terms of endearment with negative words of your choice (spite, hate, etc).

    • GlassOnion9

      Incidentally, as this post is about flipsides, I'd say Yellow Ledbetter is one of the true gems of B sides.

  • texlenin

    Good new & old wax to be found here:
    and surprisingly, the local library:
    The sheeple were told to get rid of vinyl, and
    they did. Leaving us diehards easy pickings.

  • So much weird & wonderful stuff comes from your keyboard & mouse…

    …and then, came this.

    • It gets worse. I actually own a copy of that one.

      • The Professor

        Good lord, how horrible! How do you keep it from stinking up the rest of your records?

        I've long been a fan of Three Dog Night, and I had never heard that song before. I wish I still hadn't.

        • I keep it next to my copy of "You Bet Your Sweet Bippy" by the Broadway Maintenance Tickle Co.

          • The Professor

            Ah yes. How special.

            Moving right along, I just bought a new set of computer speakers, and I'm listening to the soundtrack from "A Clockwork Orange". It's been a while since I've listened to it. One of my favorites.

          • windbuechse

            But do you watch Alex on LaserDisc?

  • tiberiusẅisë

    Sometimes the B side brings teh awesome. Like Shatner doing Mr. Tambourine Man, Sebastian Cabot doing Like a Rolling Stone and Nimoy's redition of If I Had a Hammer.

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    • pj134

      Aren't all Shatner songs B-sides? Besides this one, of course.

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      • tiberiusẅisë

        I think you meant to say "Aren't all Shatner songs awesome?"

        Yes. Yes they are.

        • pj134

          Silly me, I must have gotten confused.

    • Mike_the_Dog

      The use of "Shatner" and "awesome" in the same sentence without a negative qualifier makes me hurt in my thinky-places. My local NPR station used to use his "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" to make the phone ring during pledge week. It worked really well.

  • RahRahRecords

    Those are some lovely b-sides in the lead photo. Got any shots of the A-sides?

    • The Professor

      I wish.

  • Mike_the_Dog

    My favorite B-side of all is The Doors' "The Changeling" (the A-side of which was one of my dad's favorite songs, for some odd reason). He caught me playing it one day and started railing about listening to "that crap" on his stereo, and where the hell did I get it anyway. He didn't believe it was his until I flipped it over and played the A-side ("Riders On The Storm").

  • Last December I saw Roger Waters do the entire Wall album in concert. IT WAS AWESOME! This Christmas my brother surprised me with a ticket to see it again this spring. I am looking forward to seeing it another time. It's totally worth it for any fan if the show comes to a venue near you.

    • The Professor

      If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?