Posted: 2:18 pm Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
By Pete Rizzo
No doubt you’ve heard the idiom “when pigs fly”, which ranks up there with “when hell freezes over” among those idioms denoting the likelihood of something ludicrous ever happening. But it’s not a good idea to use “when pigs fly” with the guys in Pink Floyd because it actually happened on their watch.
A photo shoot for Pink Floyd’s “Animals” album cover went awry 40 years ago this month when a large inflatable pig balloon being used for the shoot broke free and drifted away. But not before someone came up with the idea of taking an earlier shot of the pig and superimposing it over a shot of the iconic Battersea Power Station.
And an iconic album cover, not to mention a concert staple for years to come, was born, with “Pigs” emerging as one of the more memorable tunes off of “Animals”.
In fact, an inflatable flying pig was used to launch a Floyd art exhibit over the summer.
While not my favorite Floyd album, there are some great tunes off “Animals”, with this one as my favorite:
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Hi, I'm Pete Rizzo, early morning elixir for your weekends. I love music and I love talking about it. I grew up listening to bands like Rush (best band on the planet!), Van Halen (Diamond Dave all the way), AC/DC (Bon rules!) and Genesis (the Gabriel years). But my true love is progressive rock and heavy metal. The louder, crunchier, more bombastic and self-indulgent, the better! When I’m not on the air, I’m either training in martial arts, deciding which tattoo I should get next, reading a good book (I still enjoy turning actual pages), or my wife and I are planning our next big travel excursion. I’m on every Saturday and Sunday morning. You can also follow me on on Twitter @PeteRizzoWBAB. I’d love to hear from you.