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Nov 16 2010

The Wall: 30 Years +

(10 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

The Wall is the eleventh studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released as a double album on 30 November 1979. It was subsequently performed live with elaborate theatrical effects, and adapted into a film, Pink Floyd The Wall.

As with their previous three studio albums The Wall is a concept album, and deals largely with themes of personal isolation. It was first conceived during the band’s 1977 In the Flesh Tour, where bassist and lyricist Roger Waters’ frustration with the spectators’ perceived boorishness became so acute that he began to imagine building a wall between the performers and audience. The album is a rock opera that centres on the character Pink, who is largely based on Waters. Pink’s life experiences, which begin with the loss of his father during the Second World War, and continue with abuse from his schoolteachers, an overprotective mother and the breakdown of his marriage, factor into his self-imposed isolation from society, represented by the metaphorical “Wall” of the album title.

The Wall features a notably harsher and more theatrical style than Pink Floyd’s previous releases. Keyboardist Richard Wright left the band during the album’s production but returned as a salaried musician, performing during later concerts. Hugely successful upon its release, in the United States (US) the album was one of the best selling of 1980. It is one of the best-selling double albums of all time, and is in the top five best-selling albums of all time in the US.

3 comments

  1. TMC

    Another Brick in the Wall Part 1 (Waters) 3:41

    Daddy’s flown across the ocean

    Leaving just a memory

    Snapshot in the family album

    Daddy what else did you leave for me?

    Daddy, what’d’ja leave behind for me?!?

    All in all it was just a brick in the wall.

    All in all it was all just bricks in the wall.

    “You! Yes, you! Stand still laddy!”

    Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (Waters) 3:56

    We don’t need no education

    We dont need no thought control

    No dark sarcasm in the classroom

    Teachers leave them kids alone

    Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!

    All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.

    All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.

    We don’t need no education

    We dont need no thought control

    No dark sarcasm in the classroom

    Teachers leave them kids alone

    Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!

    All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.

    All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.

    “Wrong, Do it again!”

    “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you

    have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”

    “You! Yes, you behind the bikesheds, stand still laddy!”

  2. Cold Blue Steel

    Yes, album cuz I have it on vinyl as well.

    Although of all the Pink Floyd albums, The Wall ranks behind Wish You Were Here, Dark Side Of The Moon, and my favorite, Meddle.

  3. Eddie C

    Waters is touring the Wall and played the Garden ether last week or the week before. I wanted to go but the only ticket I could get was $240!

    Thirty years ago I think I paid $20 and that seemed expensive. Or was it $20 for “Animals?” How can I remember at my age?  

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