Friday, March 12, 2010

Pink Floyd's Pig Flies High in Britain's High Court

Pink Floyd -- one of my favorite bands of all-time. The band's concert at the Rose Bowl in 1994 remains my favorite concert of all-time.

And, Pink Floyd's pig continues to fly high -- as artistic integrity wins over EMI's commercial factory (that was my attempt to use a metaphor flowing from the band's "Animals" album cover -- click here to see if I succeeded.)

Specifically, Britain's High Court ruled yesterday that Pink Floyd's record label -- the beleaguered EMI -- no longer can sell individual Pink Floyd tracks online; instead, in order to preserve the band's artistic vision for its "Works" (yet another Pink Floyd album), only full albums can be purchased online. In siding with the band, the High Court took an anti-Steve Jobs-ian stance, since it was iTunes that originally pressured virtually every band into selling stripped individual tracks.

How can anyone argue with this? Who wouldn't consider it blasphemy to listen to "Dark Side of the Moon" in anything other than a full, total experience? Yes, by placing artistic integrity over commercial gains, Pink Floyd certainly is leaving "Money" on the table (the band sold 1.71 million individual tracks online last year -- essentially 2 to 1 over digital album sales). But, at the end of the day, how much more money does the band need? It is all about legacy at this point.

Although I "Wish You Were Here" touring again ...