Robert Wyatt


Thanks for another fine response to yesterday’s blog about the greatest David Gilmour/Pink Floyd bass lines. No matter who played them, or who is the better bassist, your comments made for interesting reading.

We’ve had even more fantastic ideas for David’s forthcoming live shows, such as starting and ending the show with ‘Echoes’ (as in the Pompeii film), re-inventing tracks from ‘Obscured By Clouds’, an acoustic ‘Sorrow’ (so suggests Tim Taylor) and cover versions of all varieties.

Which brings us quite nicely to today’s teaser, in fact.

Let us know which tracks you think David could work his magic on. Any artist, any song.

We’ve already seen ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ (thanks to Gem) and ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ (thanks for that, Stephen), as well as numerous tracks that David has made a contribution to as a guest artist, such as Michael Kamen’s beautiful ‘Sacha’ (good thinking, Nick) and Supertramp’s ‘Brother Where You Bound’ (a fine idea, Yoni).

Several of you seem curious to hear a Dire Straits cover, with James Q suggesting ‘So Far Away’, to give just one example. We’ve even had a couple of Scissor Sisters tracks thrown in for good measure, courtesy of Brendon Doran… although I personally think they’re getting a better deal by being allowed to cover Pink Floyd songs, to be honest with you.

Remember, this is just for fun. These are suggestions, not requests. David is not guaranteed to see any of them, never mind take a fancy to them and fit them into his live set.

But then again, he might see them all.

Five suggestions only, please. Not everyone kept to five the last time we asked a similar question, which is perfectly understandable bearing in mind just how many excellent songs there have been, but it made tallying up harder. Have a heart, OK? No more than five per post.

Today’s photograph is of Robert Wyatt. Robert was a founder member of Soft Machine and also formed Matching Mole before embarking on a solo career. In 2001, he was curator of the annual Meltdown music festival held at London’s Royal Festival Hall, which paved the way for David’s own semi-acoustic shows in 2002. His latest album, ‘Cuckooland’, was released in 2003 and included a contribution from David.

More of Polly’s photographs to come.

Thanks again to everyone who has had some involvement in the blog to date. Keep it up.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

26 thoughts on “Robert Wyatt”

  1. Good Morning Features Ed (one day you’ll tell us a bit more about yourself – e.g. your name!), David works you hard – imagine making you blog at 1:30 in the morning!!

    I would love to see David seriously rock out, so let him loose on some Guns N Roses/Metallica or any heavy metal track. Personally, i would just love to see him stage dive/crowd surf at the end of the number!

  2. What an interesting blog this is. Ever since David mentioned ‘Closing Time’ by Leonard Cohen as a favorite, I’ve wanted to hear his version of it. It would be interesting to hear David’s version of anything by Leornard Cohen. ‘Always’ also off of The Future by L.C. I loved David’s version of ‘The Dimming of the Day’ by Richard Thompson I believe was his name. Absolutely beautifully done. Of course he could sing anything and make it great, maybe even a Metallica song. 🙂 Not really!

  3. As far as I am concerned, anything Clapton can do, Gilmour can do better. I’d like to see David cover any of Clapton’s work with Cream, Derek & the Dominoes, or any of the other early work. I love the idea of re-framing the stuff from “Obscured by Clouds,” much of which could be done acoustically. How about some Santana covers? Even – if Gilmour is doing more mellow music these days – let’s hear David do Les Paul. It’d all be great.

  4. While I’d much rather hear David and his band pull out a Floyd chestnut, here are some cover idea musing:

    1)While My Guitar Gently Weeps (this would be worth the setlist space, no doubt)

    2)Walk Away (such a great guitar riff)

    3)Wait Until Tomorrow or You Got Me Floatin’ (or Axis Bold as Love)

    4)A Few of My Favorite Things (a la John Coltrane)

    5)Paranoid Android (also worth the setlist space)

  5. Hello DG fans and greetings to the All-Powerful Features Editor…

    Songs I’d like to hear David cover. Hmm. Okay, here we go:

    1. Whatever Happened to Saturday Night (Eagles)
    2. Tower of Song (Leonard Cohen)
    3. Far, Far Away (Wilco)
    4. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Bob Dylan)
    5. Dead Melodies (Beck)

    They’re only suggestions! she said, wringing her hands.

    David, I thought your cover of “Hushabye Mountain” was absolutely wonderful and I’m glad you had the balls to do it, as you say. Wouldn’t hurt one single bit keeping that in your setlist. Not a bit.

    But that’s just a suggestion, mind you.


  6. Attempt at humor: A non-reggae version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ – please!!! 🙂

    Nostalgic answer: I’d love to hear Richard Thompson’s ‘Dimming of the Day’ again- just beautiful in ’01/’02.

    Controversial answer: technically a Roger Waters penned PF song, I’d love to hear ‘Green is the Colour.’ It’s a great tune which could be given the full acoustic treatment, like ‘Fat Old Sun’.

    And for that new choice- As Mr Gilmour is a fan, I’ll say the Eagles, ‘Peaceful, Easy Feeling’

  7. Great question…tunes that I’d love to hear David’s versions of:

    1. Neil Young – “Old Man”
    2. The Police – “King of Pain”
    3. King Crimson – “Epitaph”
    4. Blur – “Out of Time”
    5. Any collaboration with David Grisman 🙂


  8. I would like to hear even one of these songs
    1. Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits
    2. No More Lonely Nights (perhaps with Paul in one of London concerts – only God and David knows)
    3. Imagine (with himself piano)
    4. The Lonely Shepherd by James Last (David would make his magic version with a little help of strings and pipes)
    5. I’ve Seen That Movie Too by Elton John ( or any Elton’s song – I know David with family saw his performance on Live8)

  9. p.s. I loved the suggestion about reworking some Obscured material. My vote would definitely be for ‘Childhood’s End’ as a possible DG acoustic tune.

  10. Covers:

    1. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – Beatles (there’s some more good bass work for you)
    2. Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
    3. Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
    4. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
    5. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

    Actually any Beatles cover would do, but I’ve always found “I Want You” to be particularly Gilmour-like, so I think it’d be a good fit. And I’m sure his good friend wouldn’t mind.

  11. Crossroads-Robert Johnson
    The Bravery of Being Out of Range-R. Waters
    Badge-Eric Clapton-George Harrison

  12. B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone
    The Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    Dire Straits – Six Blade Knife
    George Harrison – Here Comes The Sun
    The Who – Behind Blue Eyes

    Some bluesy songs there, I know. I do think though, that David could make those songs his own.

  13. 1) “Black Queen” – from Stephen Stills’ eponymous solo LP
    2) “Showdown At Big Sky” – Robbie Robertson
    3) “The Heart of Saturday Night” – Tom Waits
    4) “Where Is The Next One Coming From?” – John Hiatt
    5) “In My Life” – Lennon/McCartney

  14. My suggested cover songs by David Gilmour in “On Island” tour:

    1)in Toronto – Cortez the Killer (Neil Young)
    2)in San Francisco – Dark Star (Grateful Dead)
    3) in Manchester – any The Durutti Column song, with Vini Reilly as guest!

  15. I have only one in mind 4 David, I’ve personally have seen Led Zep twice, Montreal, Physical tour and Pontiac Michigan, before their break up. Perhaps David would entertain England with Stairway To Heaven with Jimmy and Robert. WOW. For Syd’s birthday, I’ve never seen Poles Apart live, and Richard’s, Wearing the Inside Out during the Division Bell Tour in Toronto. I love these tunes. Thank You again. WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR FREEDOM, HIGH HOPES TOO. Frank.

  16. Tom Waits – Ol’ 55

    Tom Waits – Grapefruit Moon

    Warren Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr

    Warren Zevon – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

    Chuck Berry – No Particular Place To Go!

  17. This would be interesting…

    1. Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door”
    2. Alan Parsons’ “Don’t Answer Me”
    3. Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind”
    4. Santana’s “Europa”
    5. Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

  18. The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??
    Radiohead – My Iron Lung
    Opeth – Ghost of Perdition
    Pelican – March Into The Sea
    Queens of the Stone Age – The Bronze

  19. Good morning you all,
    # Sacha would be great indeed, or another song to honour Michael Kamen;
    # L’Efant with Lionna Boyd… would be more as excellent;
    # The Gab is too Wide from Mostly Autumn with Troy Donockley on Ullian Pipes (great instrument) and with Bryan Josh on guitar;
    # Carpe Diem, (quam minimum credula postero) from that same band called Mostly Autumn, but this time with Troy on Ullian Pipes & Heather Findlay who wrote this beautiful song; to remember what happend on boxing day 2004. And to stay with that tragical event:
    # All Around The World from ProgAid, a real creepy proggy single and a single with room for making big solo’s from drums, guitar, bass, keyboard, flute, trumpet, lovely girls and more… A project that has started with an e-mail; finally more as 50 lovely artists were involved. And all for one goal helping the people in Asia.

    I go to bed, yeah we Dutch have strange hobbies…
    Have a nice Sunday and keep dreaming for a better World.

    Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands.

    PS Is it allowed to make a link for charity?
    please take a look and be amazed of the artists who are involved.

  20. 1. Jamiroquai-Virtual Insanity (nice and funky and will be a challange)
    2. Bealtes-I’ve Just Seen a Face
    3. Ram Jam-Black Betty (Need i say more?)
    4. ZZ Top-LaGrange
    5. R Crumb & the Cheap Suit Serenaders-Mysterious Moe (I think this was from an old T.V show)

  21. u2 – bad
    rolling stones – sympathy for the devil (espcially the guitar solo)
    the beatles – a day in the life
    lynard skynard – free bird

  22. This is quite an obscure one (I think) but David doing a cover of Eric Clapton & Michael Kamens “Edge of Darkness” the sound track to a mini series a few years ago.

  23. I would love to hear David do a cover of “Little Wing”, it would be awesome!!
    Just got tickets for Gibson Theatre show and can’t wait to hear him.

    Thank you

  24. Once again my compliments for the website and the blog! This will keep me warmed up for the concerts.
    Here are my suggestions for some incredibly nice songs from other artists:

    1. And You and I (Yes)
    From the classic album ‘Close to the Edge’.
    2. Wonderous Stories (Yes)
    From the classic album ‘Going for the One’.
    3. Waves (Terje Rypdal)
    Terje Rypdal is actually one of my favorite guitar players. I think Mr. Gilmour would definitely love some of his music.
    4. Castles Made of Sand (Jimi Hendrix).
    A genious!
    5. How to Disappear Completely (Radiohead).

    I would definitely love to know a bit more about David Gilmour’s own favorites. Is there any way we can hear some more about those?

    Warm regards, Gertjan.

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