Interstellar Overdrive (9:42)

Cover of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

From The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and 63 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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  • MONGOL9999999

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

    25 Nov 1:27pm 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 7:44pm 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 9:38am 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 10:38am Reply
  • electrobaboon

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

    6 Sep 1:05pm Reply
  • Rui_Casola

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

    26 Aug 2:16am 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 11:37pm Reply
  • Soundservant

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

    28 May 2:22pm Reply
  • SpaciousDiaper

    the In London: 1966-67 recording is amazing

    25 Apr 6:51pm Reply
  • SirSangi

    BIETCHHHHHHHHHH. BIETCHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    13 Apr 10:56pm Reply
  • AtilaFelipe_

    Amazing song!

    4 Apr 1:55am Reply
  • GordonCoIe

    This is the result of music becoming true art

    29 Mar 1:20am Reply
  • Zopwx2

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

    23 Mar 11:00pm Reply
  • X8SK5X

    If you wish. Have you got it yet? make me feel Pink!

    26 Feb 10:43am Reply
  • drago0402

    I did state the bleeding obvious, and I'll do it again darn it all!!

    17 Feb 10:56pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    better than cumming.

    21 Jan 8:40pm Reply
  • traytray89

    It's almost laughable how much better this is than everything the band produced in the decades since. A masterpiece of rock music.

    18 Jan 12:32am Reply
  • Ziggomaticv17

    I WANT IT I NEED IT I NEED IT TO MAKE ME FEEL HEATED [3]

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    Early stuff from the first 2 albums should be given more credit by Floyd 'fans'. This stuff is so much better than stuff off Wall. Division Bell etc. [3]

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • endrju85

    I love the passage between this and The Gnome on The Piper....

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
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