2001, we decided to structurally investigate the TDB album. The start
was made with the cover. Here you can find the thought that people
in the network45 forum
an important question: Which lyrics fit best to the cover. I started
a poll on this, which is still ongoing. The ringing of the division
bell has begun: Vote yourself and check the
Like with the entire album,
there are differences between the versions of the TDB album. In some
versions, like the cover of the guitar tab book and the cover of the
US CD jewel case, some of the rivets are missing from the head. On the
back of the album, they are there. Maybe before we learn, we are not
held together by any ideas, then after we hear them, we are now held
by their ideas [syclic].
everyone who has the guitar tab book: check the page which looks like
the uk cd cover, between AGDFF and WtIO. The shadows definitively don't
match with reality. They look like the hawklike faces (don't know where
I saw them before). Also, the retouching went wrong (bottom right rivets
of the right face are not in line).
First: Why so many different
covers on so many different mediums, if it was not all meant for us
to "keep talking"? Specifically, Why are some of the heads
stone, some wooden, and some of them metal? Apparently they were made
of metal originally, and then modified in some art program sometimes.
One of the pieces of art shows them covered in flames.
One of the pieces of art
shows them at night, with what appears to be 21? pieces of white that
appear to be tombstones, behind the heads (this was not discussed on
this forum - it is on the right inside cover of the bifold, U.S. Columbia
vinyl album cover) - what are the "tombstones" and why 21
of them, and what is their significance to anything? (They must be important,
or they wouldn't be there.)
The four dots between the mouths... are these the four airline lights
at the end of the runway on the "Learning to Fly" video, or
are they representative of the four CURRENT members of the band?
Why are the four lights replaced
with an electronic wave on the back cover of the CD art? Someone at
the beginning of this web page indicated what Ohm (om?) the wave represented,
but nobody got into that issue on this site recently to my knowledge...
The back cover of the Cassette
Tape (Columbia, U.S. version) shows the heads looking like they are
made of wood, instead of stone or metal. Also, the item between the
two mouths on that pic looks like a worm more that anything else.
Don't forget the pencils and the DSoM album cover on the back cover
of the DB Columbia vinyl USA version, pic posted at top of this page.
Also, on the Columbia (USA) CASSETTE cover, front AND back, there is
a different castle or monistary (not sure what or where it is) in the
background between the two heads, which is NOT Ely. Also, there were
some postings about the numbers that can be seen around the eyes, which,
by the way, are synonomous with the ticket art to the concert (the directions
surrounding the circles).
This from Dan Harris (regarding
the ticket art that he has):
"The writing around the symbol is basically the titles of many
pink floyd albums overlapped upon each other. I can clearly make out
The Wall, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and A Saucerful of Secrets. What
interests me are the various circles with letters pointing to them (e.g.
Fig.1 M, W, D, S,M)" (NOTE: these are synonomous with the writings
around the eyes on the back cover of the US Columbia bifold vinyl) Also,
there is a smaller triangle above the big green symbol which looks similar
to the Dark Side of the Moon album. Dark side of the moon turns up a
lot. It is in this symbol, the album cover is above the left eye of
one of the DB statues and it was payed in full on P.U.L.S.E., why?"
Please remember that on the
USA Columbia bifold Vinyl cover, on the back side, Ely is NOT BETWEEN
the two heads, but rather OFF TO THE LEFT. Why?
Finally, why were the heads built outside of the pariliament building
in Scottland and then superimposed with pictures of Ely cathedral (and
another castle or cathedral on other art), which is (i thinks) 40 miles
west of London, on a completely different continent? It appears that
the ONLY thing consistent within the covers is the Target eyes... [paganvegan]
There is some debate about
which head is smaller. Nlitendlz says: "On all of the art it
seems that the left head is slightly higher than the right ...i really
don't think it means much just a slight human error on storm and team's
part ...then again though they were so specific with lighting, the targets,
etc ... who knows."
However, Freedom ays: "i can't tell without point of reference
but i think maybe the right one is closer to the camera."
enhancing my webpages with a few pics, looking for an illustration to
accompany the big bong theory, I noticed
a striking resemblence between the targets and what was on the back
of the ummagumma album. This picture was taken at Biggin Hill airport,
Kent, for the Ummagumma album. Is there a relation to the runway used
for the shots with the banners in the TDB album and during the HH clip?
remembered the targets from the "Live in Pompei" movie. I
checked the the video and saw the chinese gong appearing constantly
in the center of the screen. There are also cirlces on the back of their
equipment, but in my opinion, those circles don't match the targets.
the"target" too and saw a monkey face at the very beginning
of "Careful with that Axe, Eugene"! Indeed, faces are shown
on the video. Aside to Careful with that Axe, also almost constantly
during Echoes part 1 and part 2. To my knowledge, this is the only Pink
Floyd work that is so closely related to 'heads', of coarse appart from
The gong targets are made
of steel and there might be a relation to the "stared out the steel
in your eyes" lyrics in PA. Chris thought that the chinese gong/target
refered to Nick Mason, in order to complete the presence of the original
Pink Floyd on the cover: "Nick Mason is the only member of the
original 4 that was not fired.
have no explanation other than he uses gongs that do look like the targets
used all over place," he
Well, if you watch the video,
you will see that the only person that "uses" the gong, is
Roger Waters. I personally think that the gong represents an instrument
that Pink Floyd used quite regularly during their pre-DSOTM era. It
is present as a central element on the video. You even see two people
carrying it into the Pompei stadium. Furthermore, it is on top of the
bus on the back of the Ummagumma album.