"Interstellar Overdrive" as written by and George Waters Syd Barrett....

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    General Comment(To "Thing")
    It's not that you need to be stoned or tripping to enjoy Floyd's music... most certainly not. It's just... You reach this sense of your own personal understanding (of anything really), and afterwards that song or concept means something more to you. That's why many people enjoy listening to The Floyd on cannabis or acid.

    As a side note: I've been an avid Floyd fan for years, but I wasn't always into drugs. Indeed, I once despised them so much more than you do now. (Like a christian despising a pagan) Was I pressured by peers to try drugs? No. Did my life suck so much that I needed to escape? No. Did I finally break my shell and consider something that my blind prejudices forbid? Yes. It's every man's choice, and I recommend that you choose to choose; instead of, like so many self-blinding people, disregard the question entirely. Thank you for reading.

    Shine On
    Unsoundon May 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is truley amazing....for me it definatley defines the term,Psycadelic, syd is a mad genius....wait.....he is a mad ACID head genius...
    sumaeson December 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhat is with all Pink Floyd "fans" attibuting all of their work to the descriptions and/or effects of an acid trip??? Why does it seem like nobody can listen to how deep and beautiful the (sometimes crazy or "trippy" sounding) music is without just thinking "ohh mannn, drug trip central"? I've never even done any psychadelic drugs before, and I can appreciate this kind of sound. It's dramatic and sounds really cool and emotional. Aren't humans capable of enjoying and understanding that kind of stuff without being on LSD or shrooms?? Uhhhhh I think so.
    thingon October 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, check out the cover of it by Hawkwind
    PinkBarretton January 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOf the several versions 'floating' around out there, the best is live in Rotterdam, 1967 (w/ Syd, of course). Absolutely crazed & no-holds-barred.
    elephant_rangeon February 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSimilar to Echoes, but without the architecture, deep lyrics, or other things which make people (including myself) weep over that song. Syd, by the way, did not "write" it; it was a group thing. Look at the credits. They all contributed.
    welshbard482on March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe best way to hear this song is on headphones. Back and forth. It will drive you crazy.
    yankeeboystevelon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah at the end on headphones, it goes back and forth, so crazy. It sounds sorta like the cold war put into music.
    MushieManon April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentInterstellar Overdrive is an aural replica of an LSD trip. It goes from excitement to confusion or paranoia feelings (the scary part)
    just like an lsd trip does

    And all the space stuff has to do with this:
    "Syd had his plum, orange and matchbox and was sitting staring at them during his trip. Whatever he was into was his whole world - to him the plum was the planet Venus and the orange was Jupiter. Syd was floating in space between them."
    CrazyDiamond__on May 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome, and if you like it, you should check out Nick's Boogie. They are very similar, except the Boogie is better.
    inpraiseoffollyon May 13, 2006   Link

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