Interstellar Overdrive (9:42)

Cover of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

From The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and 65 other releases

This song was first featured on the San Francisco Soundtrack and also in different form on the ‘Tonite Lets All Make Love in London’ movie.
“I was once trying to tell him about this Arthur Lee song I couldn’t remember the title of, so I just hummed the main riff. Syd picked up his guitar and followed what I was humming chord-wise. The chord pattern he worked out he went on to use as the main riff for ‘Interstellar Overdrive’. — Peter Jenner “…Barrett’s riff allegedly based on Love’s version of Burt Bacharach’s ‘My Little Red Book’”

— Mark Paytress, Record Producer Magazine

And of course it was quite different because my humming was so bad! The chord pattern he worked out he went on to use as his main riff for Interstellar Overdrive.” The song Jenner was attempting to hum was Love’s version of the Burt Bacharach and Hal Davies song My Little Red Book. Others, notably Roger Waters, also detected a hint of Ron Grainer’s theme to Steptoe And Son in Syd’s new riff.

— Jones, “Wish You Were Here”.

“I was trying to tell him about this Arthur Lee song I couldn’t remember the title of, so I just hummed the main riff. Syd picked up his guitar, followed what I was humming, and went on to use the chord pattern he worked out for ‘Interstellar Overdrive’.” ‘Interstellar Overdrive’, with its extended free-form passage, was the piece which established Pink Floyd’s experimental reputation and it was one of the tracks the group attempted during their first recording session at Chelsea’s Sound Techniques.

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  • Redneck_KNS

    Legendary! Greatest Pink Floyd song ever.

    12 Mar 7:48am Reply
  • RomanyDagger

    @pilgrimage145 "Proto Krautrock. Awwwwwwww yeah." I don't know what Krautrock you've been listening to, this belongs on In Search of Space by Hawkwind if anything, so yknow, Space Rock.

    9 Mar 12:16am Reply
  • JimiVonMicrodot

    This was always my favourite tripping song along with Legend of a mind. Great stuff!

    5 Mar 7:20pm Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    I WANT IT I NEED IT I NEED IT TO MAKE ME FEEL HEATED [9]

    18 Feb 6:03pm Reply
  • Maglor_T

    The In London: 1966-67 recording is amazing [2]

    16 Feb 12:15pm Reply
  • Ech035

    Love stereo version of this song

    20 Jan 10:44pm Reply
  • wiseblood-

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES!

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MONGOL9999999

    I WANT IT I NEED IT I NEED IT TO MAKE ME FEEL HEATED [8]

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    RAY7654321 Listening to the debut album "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" released in August 1967. This is an incredible piece of work by the genius of Syd Barrett & Albert Hoffman. Song written by Barrett, Waters, Wright & Mason.

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • BluishPenguin

    Any Pink Floyd release without the cackling of Syd Barret on it just sucks and anyone liking their later soulless, sell-out albums is a tosser. Am I doing this right?

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    later floyd - after atom heart mother - is po-faced prog masturbation. Music made for miserablists with little imagination. While early floyd is full of imagination, life and plain craziness.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    I WANT IT I NEED IT I NEED IT TO MAKE ME FEEL HEATED [7]

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Rui_Casola

    yeah this is cool, but there's more tings in life, like getting your dick, rode all fucking night!

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • NSAyven

    i'm unable to listen to this without shouting out, sorry I WANT IT I NEED IT I NEED IT TO MAKE ME FEEL HEATED [6]

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Soundservant

    I WANT IT I NEED IT I NEED IT TO MAKE ME FEEL HEATED [5]

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • SpaciousDiaper

    the In London: 1966-67 recording is amazing

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • SirSangi

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    13 Apr 2014 Reply
  • AtilaFelipe_

    Amazing song!

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • GordonCoIe

    This is the result of music becoming true art

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Zopwx2

    I WANT IT I NEED IT I NEED IT TO MAKE ME FEEL HEATED

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
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