Flaming (Pink Floyd song)


Flaming (Pink Floyd song)

Infobox Single
Name = Flaming


Artist = Pink Floyd
from Album = The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
B-side = "The Gnome"
Released = August 5, 1967
Recorded = March/June 1967
Genre = Psychedelic rock
Length = 2:46
Writer = Syd Barrett
Label = Tower/Capitol (US)
Producer = Norman Smith
Last single = "Apples and Oranges"
(1967)
This single = "Flaming"
(1967)
Next single = "It Would Be So Nice"
(1968)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Type = studio
prev_track = "Matilda Mother"
prev_no = Track 3
this_track = "Flaming"
track_no = Track 4
next_track = "Pow R. Toc H."
next_no = Track 5
"Flaming" is a song by psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, and is featured in their debut album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn". The song, written by Syd Barrett, is basically a child-like game scenario between two friends, hence "Lazing in the foggy dew". After David Gilmour joined the band, the song remained in the playlist for a short while in 1968.

This was also the third U.S. Pink Floyd single (Tower 378). The single did not chart. The mono US single mix of "Flaming" is slightly edited from other stereo or mono versions of the recording. This U.S. single was released in place of "Apples and Oranges" b/w "Paint Box" which had just recently failed to break into the U.K. charts.

It was the first of two U.S. Pink Floyd singles released on the Tower Records label that were not released on a single in the U.K. The other U.S. single not released in the U.K. was Let There Be More Light/Remember a Day (Tower 440.)

Alternative and Live versions

Post-Barrett live incarnations of the song are often mocked by fans; its happy, surreal lyrics were entirely different from anything in Pink Floyd's setlist that year, and the lead vocals were delivered by David Gilmour in an unenthusiastic manner (video bootlegs of the song in 1968 show Gilmour with a bored expression on his face as he sang it). A David Gilmour version was shown on French TV. The song opened with a very uncharacteristic slide whistle played by Roger Waters.

Personnel

*Syd Barrett - Guitar and Vocals
*Richard Wright - Keyboards
*Roger Waters - Bass and Slide whistle
*Nick Mason - Drums and Percussion


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