sometimes, amazing things happen. especially when a band, or a musician, that you really really enjoy, covers a band, or a musician, that you really really enjoy. this is what happened with Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk, a song originally written by Pink Floyd, taken from their 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
this psychedelic short piece marked the début of Roger Waters’ songwriting, supported by Syd Barrett’s frenetic guitar and keyboard parts by Richard Wright. drums and timpani were also provided by Nick Mason. the title of the song refers to John 5:8 —”Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk”.
Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin offered a vitamin, punchy cover to Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk on their 2009 album Reverse Shark Attack, and revisited the song again at The Echoplex in Echo Park, CA., on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of In The Red Records (home of Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin, Thee Oh Sees, Meatbodies, among others). the video was shot by Johann Arteaga Ramos (Dream Films Los Angeles).