For the twelfth week running, a Pink Floyd song has topped the radio playlist for a Christian Radio station.
Radio K-Akologeo, a popular Christian radio station in Memphis, Tennesee, has been inundated by requests for Careful with that Axe Eugene, a song from Pink Floyd's 1969 album Ummagumma.
"People just can't get enough of it" exclaimed Libby Price, the station's assistant manager, "It's not even a Christian song. I don't understand it."
The song is now played at least once per hour - an unheard of rotation in the world of radio, much less Christian radio.
"This has gone on now for nearly three months" said Price "There has to be some sort of issue with our listeners"
During the third week of the phenomenon, an inexperienced studio assistant hit the wrong button. Instead of Careful with that Axe Eugene, the station accidentally played Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict.
"We received a number of complaints that day" admitted Price "Although not as many complaints as we usually receive when we play a Stryper song."
Pink Floyd is considered one of the world's most successful musical groups. Formed in 1965, the band played a unique brand of psychedelic rock. They are most famous for their albums Dark Side of the Moon (1973) and The Wall (1979).
David Gilmour, the band's guitarist, expressed bewilderment when told about the situation.
"Well, that's quite surprising" Gilmour said "It was never one of our best songs. Although I suppose Roger (Waters) might disagree with me on that one."
Gilmour stated categorically that the song had no link to the Christian faith at all.
"It's not even implied. There's not even any lyrics to the song. The only human voice you hear is Roger Waters screaming for about ten seconds. What do all these American Christians think they're hearing?"
Richard Wright, the keyboardist for the band, was similarly confused with the situation.
"You must be joking?" he said, when told of the situation. "(It has been playing) on a Christian radio station?"
Although the phenomenon is unique, Price does see an end to the situation.
"X-owed(us), a Christian Nu-metal band, has released their new single Selene Skoteinos which has been doing well out East. We're hoping our listeners will 'change their tune!'"
Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd's founder, was unavailable for comment.
From the Department of Attempted Humour
© 2005 Neil McKenzie Cameron, http://one-salient-oversight.blogspot.com/
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