Pink Floyd as allegory for Sengoku history

Okay, so just throwing this out there. Oda Nobunaga is like Syd Barrett: the eccentric, art-loving genius with the vision of what is to come. He doesn't make it all the way there, though; he's felled by the enemy within (Akechi Mitshide).

His successor is Roger Waters, who therefore corresponds to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Waters/Hideyoshi takes what Barrett/Nobunaga left behind and develops it into an overwhelming success. And, like Hideyoshi, Waters is now remembered for the severity and iron-glovedness of his rule. The Odawara Siege corresponds to The Wall.

Now, here is where the problem arises: Hideyoshi's successor is Tokugawa Ieyasu, who founded the Tokugawa Shogunate and kicked off the Edo period. David Gilmour's Pink Floyd — A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell — need to somehow correspond to two and a half centuries of peace, prosperity, and unparalleled artistic achievements. I do not see how this is possible.

I'm also not sure whether Sen no Rikyū is Nick Mason or Richard Wright.

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Unparalleled artistic achievements? Not that I think little of the time of Edo, but couldn't you just as easily go for mass market and populism?


Ooh, that's a good one, actually. Taking the harsh, uncompromising spirit of the Sengoku era and creating an easy-living populism from it. Maybe there's hope for this analogy yet.


I'm confused about where the recent 8-bit cover of Dark Side of the Moon fits in. On the other hand, The Wizard of Oz :: Dynasty Warriors connection is pretty clear, right?


Where does Kate Bush figure in all this?

Leonardo Boiko:

Ok so Syd Barret kills the bird trying to get it to sing (perhaps abusing on the acid?). Roger Waters convinces it to want to sing (with catchy, danceable songs?). And Gilmour waits for it to sing (waits for his work to be reconized… forever, presumably).

Leonardo Boiko:

Suddenly and only now, 10+ years later, I realize Final Fantasy 7 has a “Cyd” (シド) and a “Barret”. D’oh.

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