If you didn't care what happened to me,
And I didn't care for you,
We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain.
Wondering which of the buggars to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing.
While I was in London I was fortunate to go to Battersea Power station.
A power station?
On an early December morning in 1976, photographs for the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals album were taken. A huge inflatable pink pig was attached to one of the towers. It is still a mystery if the inflatable pig escaped or was released on purpose to increase the publicity of the album after the pictures were taken. No one knows. The album was officially launched at an event at the power station in January 1977 and was a worldwide success.
As I said in my previous post, I have a thing for iconic rock memorabilia/places.
When I first went to London four years ago, I just couldn’t leave without crossing the Abbey Road crosswalk. On another trip to Amsterdam, I was lucky enough to visit the Hilton hotel room where John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their Bed-in in 1969.
Such memorable moments that I will never forget.
When I came home a few days later, I heard the terrible news of an Asian company buying the place. They will bring the abandoned power station down and build a shopping mall.
It’s pretty ironic if you ask me as Animals is a concept album based on the flaws of capitalism.
PS: The album was was also based on George Orwell’s novel, ‘Animal Farm’.
Edit: A dear blogging friend of mine told me that the building is actually on the 'Grade 2' heritage building list so they can't demolish it!