Ever since they formed in 1965,
Pink Floyd have smashed convention, forging through tragedy and internal struggles to create an uncompromising blend of music and art that would propel them to become one of the most successful bands in history.
The original art-rock band, Pink Floyd’s early sound was forged through experimentation with instrumentation and studio techniques, at a time when psychedelic drugs like LSD proliferated the music.
Original singer and main songwriter Sid Barrett’s is credited for setting the tone for Pink Floyd’s later stratospheric success with his experiments on Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. After Sid’s departure in 1968, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Dave Gilmour successfully continued to build the band’s profile through psychedelic rock sounds like Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, and Meddle.
After the sonic experimentation of their earlier albums, Pink Floyd began to work storytelling into their writing process.
Dark Side of the Moon showcased Roger Waters’ intellectual and philosophical lyrics, packaged with a strong sense of rebellion. The famous prism artwork was meant to show how society is splintered – an absence of unity. Many felt that Pink Floyd were creating soundtracks to imaginary movies with records like Dark Side Of The Moon and Animals. Eventually the band did just that, turning The Wall into a major feature film that mapped its central character Pink’s descent into madness.
The live show that accompanied The Wall was epic even by today’s standards.
Playing behind a giant wall of foam bricks that slowly toppled down as the show progressed, Pink Floyd introduced music fans to the large-scale concert experience, which later became the staple live format for bands like U2 and Dire Straits. Pink Floyd commissioned artist Gerald Scarfe to construct large inflatable puppets representing characters from the storyline including the “Mother”, the “Ex-wife” and the “Schoolmaster”. These puppets towered over the band during the show making for an unforgettable live experience.
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