For a long time, the greatest selling rock album of all time was “The Wall” by Pink Floyd (it’s now currently the fourth top selling album), but the group still ranks as one of the most commercially successful and influential rock and roll groups of all time. In 1971, the group departed from its classics such as “Another Brick in the Wall” and “Money” to let founding member and lead singer, Syd Barrett, “do his thing.”
His “thing” was to let a Borzoi sing on the fifth song of Pink Floyd’s 1971 album Meddle. The song that was originally called “Seamus” (and renamed “Mademoiselle Nobs”) was named after a Collie who belonged to Humble Pie leader, Steve Marriott. Seamus’ part was to howl throughout the 2:15 piece.
The piece was later redone by Pink Floyd with the help of a Borzoi named “Nobs” who belonged to the daughter of circus director, Joseph Bouglion. Nobs sang her part with gusto, whining and yelping along to the music with David Gilmour on the harmonica, Roger Waters on the guitar, and Richard Wright on the keys. Check it out:
In case you’re wondering about the lyrics, they appear below:
“I was in the kitchen,
Seamus, that’s the dog, was outside
Well, I was in the kitchen,
Seamus, my old hound, was outside
Well, the sun sinks slowly
But my old hound just sat right down and cried.”
A Rolling Stone magazine review described the song as a “great pseudo-spoof blues tune.” Classic Rock Review was less kind in calling the song a “throwaway” and that Pink Floyd fans ranked it as one of Pink Floyd’s worst songs.
We’d be curious to know how Borzois hearing the music react.