Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about English rock band, Pink Floyd.
Pink Floyd were an English rock band that was formed in 1965 in London. The band was founded by Syd Barrett (guitar, lead vocals), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass, vocals), and Richard Wright (keyboards, vocals). In late 1967, David Gilmour (guitar, vocals) joined the band and in 1968, Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd due to deteriorating mental health. From that point on, Roger Waters became the band's primary lyricist and thematic leader.
Due to personal tensions, Richard Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, and then in 1985, Roger Waters left as well. David Gilmour and Nick Mason continued as Pink Floyd, and then rejoined later by Richard Wright.
Pink Floyd were one of the first British psychedelia groups, and were a major influence on genres such as progressive rock and ambient music. Four of the band's albums topped US or UK record charts, with the songs "See Emily Play" (1967) and "Another Brick in the Wall" (1982) reaching the top 10 on the singles chart.
The band's song "Welcome to the Machine" from their 1975 album Wish You Were Here is about the money-grubbing record producers and managers controlling the band, which contributed to Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett's mental collapse.
The world around Barrett was like a machine: the fans, the band, the record industry. They told him what to do and when to do it so they would become successful.
The band's Wish You Were Here album revolves around Syd Barrett and what contributed to his collapse.
In 1996, Pink Floyd were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2005 into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
By the year 2013, the band had sold over 250 million records worldwide, with their 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon and their 1979 album The Wall being two of the best-selling albums of all time.
The song "Time" by Pink Floyd is about how time can slip by, but many people do not realize it until it is too late.
Roger Waters got the idead for the song when he realized he was no longer preparing for anything in life, but was actually right in the middle of it. At the time, Waters had just turned 28.
When Pink Floyd came up with the concept for their 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon, the idea was to explore the pressures of life throughout the songs.
The song "Time" takes on the topic of mortality.
The song "Hey You" by Pink Floyd is about the break-up of Roger Waters' first marriage, all the misery, pain and being out on the road when the woman declares over the phone that she has fallen in love with somebody else.
The song "Hey You" is also partly an attempt to make connections with other people, to say that maybe if we can act in consort, some of those bad feelings will go away.
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