According to Pinterest and Harry Styles, Paul Simon once said that “Pink is the only true rock ‘n’ roll color.” In his latest interview with Rolling Stone, Styles agreed. The working title of his debut solo album was “Pink,” to represent his decidedly more rock sound. The most damning evidences for pink being the most rock ‘n’ roll are Aerosmith’s song “Pink” from their 1997 album “Nine Lives,” psychedelic art from what is still considered the most rock and roll time in history – the late 1960s – and Pink Floyd.
Aerosmith is like a gateway band. It may not be considered one of “the” iconic rock bands, but listening to Aerosmith will only lead you further down the rock rabbit hole. “Pink” was released well into the ’90s and mostly just lists things that are pink and cool, like flamingos and art-deco umbrellas. The song also references pink as the “color of passion” and “on the lips of your lover.” The song personifies pink into all our cliché vices, and it is not far-fetched.
Drugs, sex, love, and heartbreak are all kind of “pink.” If you had to associate a color with passion it would be “pink, it’s like red but not quite.” Drugs, sex, and love are the subject of rock songs in the same way that tractors, driving around, and beer are the subject of all country songs. I.e. pink is to rock & roll as red, white, and blue are to country.
For further proof…
The most tumultuous time in the United States was the late 1960s… Not rivaled by much except for maybe the civil war, and possibly, the present, as far as political climate and the completely opposite and almost warring cultures that climate creates… but I digress. 1965-69 is remembered for the things that Steven Tyler was singing about in “Pink.” You think 1969, you think people on drugs and the art, music, and poetry that came out of their chaotic hallucinations.
When combined, music/drug fueled hallucinations and art give us crazy band and concert posters. The – often pink – “psychedelic” bubble lettering and nude woman with her hair blowing in some invisible purple wind. You know what I’m talking about. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City recently had an exhibit with a wall of these posters. It looked like a roller rink. The colors were bright and pink or some variation of the color. Proving again, that pink is very rock and roll.
In case you forgot about PINK Floyd…
Anyone who is, roughly, between the ages of 14-35 and has a father who’s been listening to Pink Floyd since they were 3 and once called it Pink Fluoride. “Dark Side of the Moon” was a Pink Floyd album before it was a place no human has stepped foot. Forming in 1965, It is one of the oldest and most iconic rock bands. If you listen to “The Dark Side of the Moon” the songs blend together seamlessly. Everyone knows how I feel about a good album flow.
I don’t know who Floyd is, but the very fact that he is pink, makes him a very cool, rock and roll guy.
I couldn’t find any context for Paul Simon’s quote. Or any hard evidence (aside from the presumed diligence of the Rolling Stone fact checkers) that he even said it. There is, however, enough agreement and evidence to back it up. Pink is rock and roll by association, with drugs and love as their mutual friends.