Skip to comments.'English' Alan Styles dies at 75; his breakfast rant was recorded by Pink Floyd
Posted on 12/14/2011 12:53:19 PM PST by NormsRevenge
"English" Alan Styles, a one-time member of the Sausalito anchor-out community and former roadie for the British rock band Pink Floyd, died Thursday of pneumonia at Marin General Hospital. He was 75.
While his long hair, beard and giving manner made him a familiar figure around Sausalito, Mr. Styles was better known to millions as the voice on ''Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast," the track on Pink Floyd's 1970 album ''Atom Heart Mother."
Born in Cambridge, England on Oct. 5, 1936, Mr. Styles became acquainted with David Gilmour during his youth. Gilmour would later become a guitarist and songwriter for Pink Floyd.
After attending school, Mr. Styles became a merchant seaman and eventually taught physical fitness in the Royal Navy.
As Pink Floyd began to emerge in the late 1960s, Gilmour called his old friend to see if he wanted to become a roadie for the band. Mr. Styles did more than move equipment for the band, appearing on the back cover of the band's 1969 album ''Ummagumma" along with fellow roadie Peter Watts, the father of actress Naomi Watts.
For the band's follow-up album, Mr. Styles was recorded preparing and eating breakfast; the sound was overlaid with three instrumental pieces to comprise the 13-minute ''Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast."
"One day he was eating breakfast and they just started recording him," said his son, Dancer Styles, of Sausalito. ''I have no idea where it was recorded. He just rants about marmalade and other things."
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bet ya had one long strange ride ..
teaching fitness to Royal Navy members ..
and meeting Jimi Hendrix near his end ..
Pink Floyd - Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast (2011 Remastered)
Good album ! Kind of weird but cool !
It’s one cut I never heard or wasn’t remembering of .. Pink Floyd was and is quite a staple for many.
plus, this gives ol’ hippies hope that they can make it to a ripe old age.
He’s gone on to that Great Gig In the Sky.
PINK FLOYD: The Dark Side Of The Moon Early Mix (1972), “The Great Gig In The Sky”
This piece consists of two pianos, bass, Hammond organ, drums, and a steel guitar fed through a Leslie speaker.
During the opening of this section, Alan can be heard muttering to himself, deciding what to have as he begins to prepare his breakfast. He can be heard saying the following: "Oh... Er... Me flakes... Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, toast, coffee... Marmalade, I like marmalade... Yes, porridge is nice, any cereal... I like all cereals... Oh, God." At the end of this section, the whistling sound of a tea kettle can be heard as the music stops.
I like the menu. He ate like a Hobbit.
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