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vinylbob
Posted: Dec 24, 2017 8:01
 

Purchased this LP the day of release.  Seems like yesterday.  I still have the record. 
jbuhl
(Boulder,CO)
Posted: Dec 24, 2017 7:56
 

I dirty woman for Christmas


ziggytrix
(Dallas, TX)
Posted: Aug 25, 2017 10:38
 

 h8rhater wrote:

It was not scripted.  Real operators were real people back "in the day" and conversation was involved in connecting a call like this one.  That said, it did take more than one try to get the result that the producer was going for. 

From Pink Floyd: Through The Eyes Of . . . The Band, Its Fans, Friends, and Foes, edited by Bruno MacDonald. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1996. ISBN 0-306-80780-7: 

The dialogue with the operator was the result of an arrangement co-producer James Guthrie made with a neighbour in London, while the album was being recorded in Los Angeles. He wanted realism, for the operator to actually believe they had caught his wife having an affair, and so didn't inform her she was being recorded. The operator heard in the recording is the second operator they tried the routine with, after the first operator's reaction was deemed unsatisfactory.

Also from Comfortably Numb-A History of "The Wall": Pink Floyd 1978-1981 by Vernon Fitch and Richard Mahon:

Chief Engineer, James Guthrie, placed the phone call to his London apt where Chris Fitzmorris, his next-door neighbor, was asked to answer the phone, listen to the operator and simply hang up the phone.

 
That is such a neat bit of trivia!
jbuhl
(Boulder,CO)
Posted: Jul 28, 2017 14:38
 


rpdevotee
(San Jose, CA)
Posted: Jul 12, 2017 19:35
 

Is it even possible to make a collect phone call now?
h8rhater
Posted: Apr 12, 2017 5:15
 

 LaurieinTucson wrote:

It is a scripted piece of audio for the album/movie. Real operators didn't comment on calls back then. 

 

Dave_Mack wrote:

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.

 

 
It was not scripted.  Real operators were real people back "in the day" and conversation was involved in connecting a call like this one.  That said, it did take more than one try to get the result that the producer was going for. 

From Pink Floyd: Through The Eyes Of . . . The Band, Its Fans, Friends, and Foes, edited by Bruno MacDonald. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1996. ISBN 0-306-80780-7: 

The dialogue with the operator was the result of an arrangement co-producer James Guthrie made with a neighbour in London, while the album was being recorded in Los Angeles. He wanted realism, for the operator to actually believe they had caught his wife having an affair, and so didn't inform her she was being recorded. The operator heard in the recording is the second operator they tried the routine with, after the first operator's reaction was deemed unsatisfactory.

Also from Comfortably Numb-A History of "The Wall": Pink Floyd 1978-1981 by Vernon Fitch and Richard Mahon:

Chief Engineer, James Guthrie, placed the phone call to his London apt where Chris Fitzmorris, his next-door neighbor, was asked to answer the phone, listen to the operator and simply hang up the phone.
sunflowerbee
(Hillsboro - somewhere in southern Ohio)
Posted: Mar 12, 2017 16:32
 

{#Cheers}{#Cheers}{#Cheers}
kurtster
(drifting)
Posted: Feb 09, 2017 22:39
 

Found this snippet from a Roger Waters interview:

RW: I think it's great; I love that operator on it, I think she's wonderful. She didn't know what was happening at all, the way she picks up on..I mean it's been edited a bit, but the way she picks up, all that stuff about "is there supposed to be someone else there beside your wife" you know I think is amazing, she really clicked into it straight away. She's terrific! 

 

Vicey wrote:

I thought I had heard that it was an actual phone operator and that Bob Ezrin had to make the call several times before he got an operator who would actually comment about the implied scenario. I could easily be wrong, though: I don't like to think about how long it has been since this album came out. 

LaurieinTucson wrote:

It is a scripted piece of audio for the album/movie. Real operators didn't comment on calls back then. 

 

Dave_Mack wrote:

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.

  

  


I guess none of you are old enough to remember person to person collect phone calls.  Minutes were measured in multiple dollars back then.
jbuhl
(Boulder,CO)
Posted: Sep 24, 2016 10:47
 


thewiseking
(New York, New York)
Posted: Sep 08, 2016 9:45
 

It's like some sort of parody of Rock and Roll. Welcome to  STONEHENGE! Bring forth the dancing dwarves!
loopbitz
(Munich, Germany)
Posted: Sep 08, 2016 9:45
 

10
ktirko
Posted: Jul 07, 2016 7:10
 

I don't know how many are aware of the "backward recorded" audio between Empty Spaces and Young Lust. It went something like,
   "congratulations, you have just discovered the secret message, please send your answer to ....."
Skydog
Posted: Jul 07, 2016 7:05
 

I was going to say unusually bad but with Floyd it is the usual
mrselfdestruct
(Alberta)
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 13:17
 

Found this snippet from a Roger Waters interview:

RW: I think it's great; I love that operator on it, I think she's wonderful. She didn't know what was happening at all, the way she picks up on..I mean it's been edited a bit, but the way she picks up, all that stuff about "is there supposed to be someone else there beside your wife" you know I think is amazing, she really clicked into it straight away. She's terrific! 

 

Vicey wrote:

I thought I had heard that it was an actual phone operator and that Bob Ezrin had to make the call several times before he got an operator who would actually comment about the implied scenario. I could easily be wrong, though: I don't like to think about how long it has been since this album came out. 

LaurieinTucson wrote:

It is a scripted piece of audio for the album/movie. Real operators didn't comment on calls back then. 

 

Dave_Mack wrote:

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.

 

 

 


GarageDragon
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 13:07
 

Water's singing in this song at the beginning always sounds a bit like Elmer Fudd to me. 
jmsmy
(Music Town, Klein, Texas)
Posted: May 20, 2016 12:55
 

One of only a few straight-up Pink Floyd Rock Songs.
Andrefcolaco
Posted: May 04, 2016 5:47
 

oh yes! great song! 10!
Vicey
(Orlando, FL)
Posted: Jan 14, 2016 10:25
 

I thought I had heard that it was an actual phone operator and that Bob Ezrin had to make the call several times before he got an operator who would actually comment about the implied scenario. I could easily be wrong, though: I don't like to think about how long it has been since this album came out. 

LaurieinTucson wrote:

It is a scripted piece of audio for the album/movie. Real operators didn't comment on calls back then. 

 

Dave_Mack wrote:

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.

 

 


Skydog
(The Mitten)
Posted: Jan 14, 2016 10:18
 

this song wasn't written, it was constructed 
dwhayslett
(Pawleys Island, SC)
Posted: Jan 14, 2016 10:15
 

 jmsmy wrote:
Pink Floyd's Only RnR Song

 
Run Like Hell?
stunix
(You have to rate the bad ones to make the good ones you rated count.)
Posted: Dec 29, 2015 11:09
 

 lkovathana wrote:
  Come to think of it, no one writes rock operas anymore.

 
Maybe it's very a prog rock thing with a suitable touch of pretence.    I think the modern day progrockers such as Steven Wilson still have some theme or story telling to their albums.

I dont think "The Trial" is as easy to listen to as this but with such complicated and "simply" beautiful arrangements and production, the "not so obvious" Floyd tracks are a welcome distraction. Even if some of them are very short, Bill is happy to link a few together.
lkovathana
(Chicago, Illinois)
Posted: Sep 11, 2015 1:58
 

Haha — this is a crazy good song.  A necessary keystone in the epic rock opera about a performer who is slowly coming to terms with losing his mind while touring with his band.  Ah, they don't write rock operas like this anymore.  Come to think of it, no one writes rock operas anymore.
jmsmy
(Music Town, Klein, Texas)
Posted: Jul 10, 2015 13:01
 

Pink Floyd's Only RnR Song
scrubbrush
(Passtime Paradise)
Posted: May 08, 2015 10:06
 

That's a great idea but I've never been able to find an "official release" of that version.

I was, however, able to digitally record it off the DVD using 'free' (shareware) recording software... I did this about 9 years ago, back when i was OK with 128kbps recordings (i now seek only 320). I'll try to re-record and upload, but i can't be sure that this recording technique will produce a file that RP can actually use. 

Zeito wrote:
What Shall We Do Now - would be awesome to hear it here.  
 


Relayer wrote:
Wish we could hear the longer version from the movie:

What shall we use to fill the empty spaces
Where waves of hunger roar?
Shall we set out across the sea of faces
In search of more and more applause?
Shall we buy a new guitar?
Shall we drive a more powerful car?
Shall we work straight through the night?
Shall we get into fights?
Leave the lights on? Drop bombs?
Do tours of the east? Contract diseases?
Bury bones? Break up homes?
Send flowers by phone?
Take to drink? Go to shrinks?
Give up meat? Rarely sleep?
Keep people as pets?
Train dogs? Race rats?
Fill the attic with cash?
Bury treasure? Store up leisure?
But never relax at all
With our backs to the wall.

 

 


Zeito
(Sieur du Lhut)
Posted: May 08, 2015 9:46
 

What Shall We Do Now - would be awesome to hear it here.  
 


Relayer wrote:
Wish we could hear the longer version from the movie:

What shall we use to fill the empty spaces
Where waves of hunger roar?
Shall we set out across the sea of faces
In search of more and more applause?
Shall we buy a new guitar?
Shall we drive a more powerful car?
Shall we work straight through the night?
Shall we get into fights?
Leave the lights on? Drop bombs?
Do tours of the east? Contract diseases?
Bury bones? Break up homes?
Send flowers by phone?
Take to drink? Go to shrinks?
Give up meat? Rarely sleep?
Keep people as pets?
Train dogs? Race rats?
Fill the attic with cash?
Bury treasure? Store up leisure?
But never relax at all
With our backs to the wall.

 


coloradojohn
(At the foot of The Flatirons, BOULDER)
Posted: Mar 05, 2015 23:07
 

Still brings the chills, even after all this Time... So bitingly, brutally, scathingly apropos, especially today — witless in The Twitter Age!
TJOpootertoot
(Toronto)
Posted: Feb 02, 2015 13:29
 

 Relayer wrote:
Wish we could hear the longer version from the movie:

What shall we use to fill the empty spaces
Where waves of hunger roar?
Shall we set out across the sea of faces
In search of more and more applause?
Shall we buy a new guitar?
Shall we drive a more powerful car?
Shall we work straight through the night?
Shall we get into fights?
Leave the lights on? Drop bombs?
Do tours of the east? Contract diseases?
Bury bones? Break up homes?
Send flowers by phone?
Take to drink? Go to shrinks?
Give up meat? Rarely sleep?
Keep people as pets?
Train dogs? Race rats?
Fill the attic with cash?
Bury treasure? Store up leisure?
But never relax at all
With our backs to the wall.

 
The live version from Berlin (1990?) with Bryan Adams doing this part is pretty sweet; it's just right in his vocal wheelhouse.
Jelani
(Home of the freak, land of the vague)
Posted: Jan 17, 2015 15:14
 

I love this song.
doktorpsilo
Posted: Dec 17, 2014 7:37
 

Is there supposed to be someone there besides your wife?
Relayer
(Gainesville, FL)
Posted: Sep 30, 2014 11:06
 

Wish we could hear the longer version from the movie:

What shall we use to fill the empty spaces
Where waves of hunger roar?
Shall we set out across the sea of faces
In search of more and more applause?
Shall we buy a new guitar?
Shall we drive a more powerful car?
Shall we work straight through the night?
Shall we get into fights?
Leave the lights on? Drop bombs?
Do tours of the east? Contract diseases?
Bury bones? Break up homes?
Send flowers by phone?
Take to drink? Go to shrinks?
Give up meat? Rarely sleep?
Keep people as pets?
Train dogs? Race rats?
Fill the attic with cash?
Bury treasure? Store up leisure?
But never relax at all
With our backs to the wall.
thewiseking
(New York, New York)
Posted: Sep 30, 2014 11:06
 

dum, dum, dum, dum, another lame Stoner Anthem from the Void

CLASSIC ROCK RULES. barf.


ShamanManu
(somewhere in between)
Posted: Mar 26, 2014 11:37
 

10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
{#Crown}
LaurieinTucson
(Tucson,AZ)
Posted: Feb 22, 2014 18:57
 

It is a scripted piece of audio for the album/movie. Real operators didn't comment on calls back then. 

 

Dave_Mack wrote:

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.

 


ccjemmett
(Toronto)
Posted: Feb 22, 2014 18:57
 

As with Run Like Hell it seems like PF mocking Rock and Roll but rockin' pretty good while they're at it.
shellbella
(so california)
Posted: Nov 19, 2013 13:38
 

{#Clap}
jmsmy
(Music Town, Klein, Texas)
Posted: Sep 17, 2013 17:43
 

Pink's most commercial song - lyrically and musically - Rock & Roll , partying and getting laid.
Van Halen ain't got nothin on these hippies.
mikemayday
Posted: Jun 15, 2013 2:44
 

I'm sharing Relayer's sentiment here. "What shall we do now?", the version that appears in the movie and on "Is there anybody out there?" (the live performence at the Berlin Wall) is so much better. Any chance for getting it on RP, Bill?
Dave_Mack
(Ball of Confusion)
Posted: Mar 12, 2013 13:54
 

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Jan 08, 2013 21:08
 



excellent song from one of the best albums of all time...

 
vanmas
(Leiden, Netherlands)
Posted: Sep 05, 2012 4:57
 

One of the best songs from this album!
Playing it as loud as possible...
Thanks!
merkin_muffley
(Down the rabbit hole.....)
Posted: Jul 04, 2012 7:10
 

 mirage wrote:
If I ever was stranded on a desert island, and I had the opportunity to bring two cd's, "The Wall" would be one of 'em

(the second one would be the Requiem from Mozart  {#Angel})
 

www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/find-a-castaway

mdnzs
(istanbul)
Posted: Jun 02, 2012 10:43
 

wonderful to listen, all times...
cosmiclint
(Vancouver BC)
Posted: Jun 02, 2012 10:42
 

Had the pleasure of seeing Roger Waters perform this live last weekend in BC Place stadium. Outstanding is all I can say.

BTW, this track should really be titled Empty Spaces -> Young Lust.
cafortier
(Northwest NJ)
Posted: Feb 28, 2012 7:32
 

Haven't listened to this song in years - due to overplay on every radio station for miles around.  However, it is great to hear this again!  Fantastic song.
coloradojohn
(Tokyo till Jan. 29, then it's back to Rocky Mtn Way!)
Posted: Jan 27, 2012 15:18
 

So freaking SINISTER...so unbelievably incisive and scathing in the extreme...and all the more powerful and urgent since all the indictments are utter TRUTH and PRIMAL ANGST...and, the way it is so eloquently and bluntly expressed CONTINUES TO BLOW ME AWAY!  It rocked the world when it broke upon the shores of airplay in '79, and it will undoubtedly go on ROCKING INTO THE NEXT!
shellbella
(so california)
Posted: Jan 27, 2012 15:14
 

It gets better and better....
wcburnette
(Arroyo Grande)
Posted: Dec 26, 2011 20:46
 

so tired of this
(former member)
(hotel in Las Vegas)
Posted: Sep 22, 2011 20:44
 



I'll dance to this...

tulfan
(One of the last ones in SE MI)
Posted: Aug 22, 2011 11:48
 

Insta-Mute
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Aug 22, 2011 11:47
 

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

irony alert
 

{#Lol}