Why don't women like Pink Floyd?

I know I’m generalizing, but it has seemed to me that women are NOT fans of the Floyd. I’ve met exactly one women in almost 40 years who really dug them, but other than that, no, never. The few times I saw them live in the 1970s, none of my friends could get a date for it. So, we went alone, a bunch of guys in a row, and it was fine anyway. :cool:

My wife cannot stand them, and she is a deep blues lover and hard rocker. I don’t get it.

You can’t dance to most of it…it’s largely “headphone rock”

I love Pink Floyd, and I’m a card-carrying woman.

I see Pink Floyd a bit in the prog rock area which, while technically amazing, tends to be emotionally bereft. That’s not to say all of their songs are like that, “Comfortably Numb” has a bit of it (which shines a bit more in the Dar Williams/Ani DiFranco duet cover) and so does “Brick in the Wall”. But like Yes or Rush, there seems to be a bit of a disconnect. (YMMV etc).

Female here. While I wouldn’t say I was a hardcore fan, I like Floyd for the most part and particularly like ‘The Wall’. Been a few years since I’ve watched the film, but the album is in my regular ‘rotation’.

I like Pink Floyd and I’m a woman.

You know all those shots of the teenage girls going crazy over the Beatles, screaming and crying and whatnot? Yeah, that’s pretty much me and Floyd. (Except for the fact that I don’t think the band members are dreamy, and I have a discerning enough ear to appreciate musical talent and nuance. :wink: )

Seriously, I’ve never met anyone - male or female - who digs those guys as hard as I do. I guess that doesn’t really answer the OP, but instead poses a question of my own: “Why don’t others dig them the way I do?”

Sorry, guess I’m not much help.

PS- You have to carry a card to be a woman?! Shit, maybe I’ve been a dude all these years and just didn’t know…

::checks front::

Yup, still a woman. I *am * a hardcore Pink Floyd fan. I’ve never heard that women don’t like PF… I didn’t get the memo, obviously.

Damn, missed the Edit window…

stpauler, can I ask exactly how you get “emotionally bereft” from PF? They have some of the most emotionally-charged songs I’ve ever heard! Time, Wots, Hey You, gosh you name me an emotion, and I’m sure I can come up with a song that addresses it.

You ladies chiming in here to boast that you’re one of the enlightened few who do like Pink Floyd are missing the point, not to mention being counter-productive to the thread.

That women don’t like Pink Floyd strikes me as a given that doesn’t really require explanation. Just listen to it; it has “young guy music” written all over every song. Next you’ll be asking why women don’t like King Crimson.

As mentioned upthread, women like music you can dance to or cry over a gallon of ice cream with, though mostly the former. Maybe not just dance music, but at least warm, upbeat music. Pink Floyd (and prog rock in general) is way too cold for the typical woman to embrace.

Reminds me of the one and only King Crimson concert I went to. I didn’t see a single female in the crowd. I felt extremely loser-y just being there, in what felt like the world’s biggest swordfight. On the ride home I remember wondering if women felt a similar loser-y feeling at all-women concerts. I suspect they feel empowered when in large groups of all women, which strikes me as kinda sad. (Literally, not ironically or sarcastically.)

Freakalette mentions the screaming girl Beatles fans. Can anyone picture a stadium full of girls screaming their lungs out for Shine On You Crazy Diamonds?

I can’t speak for anyone else, but for some reason Pink Floyd gives me migraines. I can’t listen to their music long enough to determine if I would like them because every song I’ve listened to has me leaving the room.

Yeah, I don’t get it either. Great Gig in the Sky, Shine On, Wish You Were Here, Mother, Sorrow, Why Don’t You Talk to Me…

Maybe she’s thinking of Don’t Leave Me Now. That’s pretty unemotional. :wink:

I’m not sure the premise is correct: when I was in HS and had the leasure to smoke pot and listen to music, all of the girls I was smoking up with were Floyd fanatics - it sorta went with the stoner territory.

Maybe this has changed as the music has aged, I dunno.

OK, I accept the dance and ice cream thing. That makes some sense. I’m looking at it from a “guy POV”, who likes lots of different musical genres. I’m not sure what “young guy music” means exactly, LOL.

I went to see Rosalie Sorrels once, and was probably the only guy in the audience. It was kinda weird, I gotta admit.

Or maybe not. A couple of years ago I asked my nieces, aged 15 and 17, what bands they liked. Guess who was first on their lists? And these are not moody stoner girls. They’re bright, optimistic, a little bit emo, and very Christian.

I asked the younger one what her favorite album was. She looked at me funny and named a few songs. (Hey You, Comfortably Numb, but not We Don’t Need No Education, 'cause duh, you don’t like school, we get it already!) I told her that those songs were all part of a larger story in something called a “rock opera.” You see, back in the days of cavemen, discovery of fire, and Earth Shoes, we couldn’t buy just one song at a time. We had to buy them packaged into bundles that we called “albums”, and could only listen to the songs in a certain order. Some bands took advantage of this arrangement and produced what we called “concept albums.”

“You’re weird, uncle tdn.”

Maybe… or stoned rock. It’s been along time since I sat in someone’s basement rec room and listened to Floyd in the dark. :slight_smile:

I don’t think I would call them progressive rock, it’s not like they were technical vituosos on their instruments but they were masters in the studio, I’d call it “sensory rock”.
Which Pink Floyd are we talking about anyway? Syd Barret’s? Roger Waters’? …or the David Gilmour solo albums released under the Pink Floyd name?
/nitpick I’m assuming you mean “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II” as there are 3 differents songs with that title on the album.

I’m sure it’s a personal thing. I can listen to “Time” and I hear more guitar than vocals, I hear more abstract lyrics than emotional ones, and the singer isn’t accessibly connected. And the guitar solo itself, well, I don’t wanna get in trouble here.

That’s not to say that I think Pink Floyd sucks by any stretch of the imagination. I love 'em. I’ve got many a fond memory of hanging out at my friend’s house and listening to them all the time. It really is good stuff.

BUT, while they do sing about emotions, I just don’t find them to be an emotional band and find that there’s a disconnect, at least for me. Take Pink Floyd’s “Time” and put it up against Tom Wait’s “Time” (different song, same title). I can feel the song from Tom Waits and the visuals are so much more clear to me. It’s much more emotionally connected.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

This could probably use a little explanation. I remember reading this excellent article about why girls are drawn to the Twilight franchise. This quote in particular touches on what I meant:

That desire to be “in the safety of girl land” strikes me as sad. As a guy I can’t relate to that concept at all; “boy land” is awash in loserdom that is to be avoided at all costs, and if you find yourself there you have failed as a guy.

Who said the stoner girls were moody? :wink:

Ah, nostalgia. Some of the best times were driving in my friend’s car, rolling a joint while she belted out “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” on her stereo, with a chorus of five or so teens cramed somehow into the back … headed up to the cottage for a crazy weekend.

There is a lot of social pressure on guys to grow up asap. This seems to come in two waves - the first, to be independant of your parents, sexually active and successful at it; and the second, to settle down with a job, family obligations, and the like.

It used to be the case that you failed as a guy in the eyes of society if you did not pass through both stages - the 50 year old bachlor still trying to dress and act like a young guy looking for dates was not an enviable figure. Increasingly, with the emphasis on youth and appearing and acting young well into late life, that is less and less the case.

These days, it seems that failing to pass the first wave is less and less looked down upon. “Boy land” stuff - like movies based on comic book heros and toys - is now much more mainstream for adults (particularly adult men) to enjoy; living with your parents as an adult is no disgrace.

For good or ill, we as a society are losing the sort of life-narrative that used to be accepted as normal and inevitable. If you are a man and don’t want to “grow up”, increasingly you don’t have to.