Pink Floyd has been around since the 1960’s, but we weren’t generally aware of them or their music until 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon, their eighth studio album, entered heavy rotation on AM Top 40 and mainstream FM rock stations in Chicago. Before that, their music was played on college stations and some radio shows that featured free-form and psychedelic music. It was like the floodgates opening; suddenly everyone was talking about them, and the iconic prism on the album jacket began showing up on posters in North Shore teenagers’ bedrooms. It spoke to us, telling stories of greed, mental illness, the passage of time, and conflict, all mixed in with music not many of us had heard before.
Our first song is “Money,” from that album. This was their first single to hit the charts in the US, reaching #10 on the Cash Box survey and #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1973.
Pink Floyd released The Wall, their eleventh studio album, in 1979. More of a rock opera than most of their previous albums, it was edgier than its predecessors with a much harsher tone. The album featured their only #1 US single, “Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2,” and became the soundtrack for 1982’s Pink Floyd – The Wall, starring Bob Geldof. Here is “Another Brick In The Wall” from that film.
The band split up in 1994, and, other than a brief reunion in 2005, didn’t reform until 2012. 2014’s The Endless River is their final studio album, at least for now. They have a website, of course.
Pink Floyd, your Two for Tuesday, February 2, 2016.