Suppress The Children! -- Floyd Psychedelia! -- One of Bowie's Best!

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Pink Floyd, original 1967 line-up; L-R: Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett, Rick Wright. (Keystone/Getty Images)

1/23/1956 (62 years ago today) - ...and it happened in the future city-home of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, of course!: If you were a rock 'n' roll fan under the age of 18, you weren't gonna get to "shake that thang" -- The Ohio State Police Department re-introduced a law (dating back to 1931 for cryin' out loud) that prohibits citizens under age 18 from dancing in public, unless accompanied by an adult! Good use of men in blue...

1/23/1967 (51 years ago today) - You might win the argument that true, essential psychedelic rock began right here: Pink Floyd spend the first of three days at Sound Techniques Studio in London recording the now-legendary Syd Barrett songs "Arnold Layne" and "Candy And A Currant Bun". According to Roger Waters, Arnold Layne was a real person, a transvestite who was infamous for stealing women's underwear off clotheslines in the backyards of local neighborhoods!

1/23/1976 (42 years ago today) - It was the vehicle for his last great "character", The Thin White Duke: David Bowie released his tenth studio album, the absolutely flawless masterwork "Station To Station", boasting near-insane musical performances from (truly under-appreciated) guitarist Earl Slick and hot-shot pianist Roy Bittan (on loan from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) -- Deservedly regarded as one of his most significant works, it was a sort of transitional LP for Bowie: he was continuing to develop the soul and funk styling of the previous "Young Americans", but melding it with a new-found appetite for industrial German electronic bands like Neu! and Kraftwerk. The results, six songs (three per side) clocking in at 37:14, made "Station To Station" an international success, hitting The Top 5 in both the U.S. and U.K. Yet it's also one of his most elusive recordings: just what was it all about? Didn't/doesn't matter. Still sounds utterly, totally fantastic, a Bowie album you truly need to have...

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