Flashback: Pink Floyd Take ‘Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2’ to Number 1 - EpicNews

By the spring of 1980, Pink Floyd have been one in every of the largest bands in the world. Their 4 most up-to-date albums (1973’s Dark Side of the Moon, 1975’s Wish You Were Here, 1977’s Animals, and 1979’s The Wall) offered by the hundreds of thousands they usually packed stadiums throughout the globe each time they toured. Seventies famous person bands like the Eagles and Led Zeppelin have been operating on fumes by this level and would cut up earlier than the yr ended, however Floyd had simply began their bold Wall tour that was not like something rock followers had ever seen.

The solely factor the group had by no means fairly found out was how to rating an enormous radio hit. “Money” did handle to attain Number 13 on the Hot 100 in 1973, however they turned a quintessential album band after that temporary triumph and didn’t even attempt to compete with the likes of John Denver, the Bee Gees, and Fleetwood Mac for Top 40 airtime. The title monitor from Wish You Were Here may have in all probability turn into an enormous hit, however they didn’t even launch it as a single. The sole single from the album was “Have a Cigar” and it largely sunk and not using a hint. They didn’t even hassle releasing a single for Animals since the prospect of any industrial station airing all 18 minutes of “Dogs” was unthinkable.

When phrase acquired out in 1979 that their subsequent launch informed the story of a bitter, depressed rock star named Pink informed throughout 4 vinyl sides, few folks imagined it could produce an enormous hit. But it was 40 years in the past this week that “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” knocked Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” out of the Number One spot on the Hot 100 and stayed there for 4 weeks till Blondie’s “Call Me” unseated it.

The music was impressed by Roger Waters’ depressing expertise with the British academic system as a toddler in the Fifties. “Some of the teachers there were locked into the idea that young boys needed to be controlled with sarcasm and the exercising of brute force to subjugate us to their will,” he informed The Wall Street Journal in 2015. “That was their idea of education.”

On his authentic selfmade demo, he sang the refrain (“We don’t need no education/We don’t need no thought control/No dark sarcasm in the classroom/Teacher leave these kids alone”) by himself. But when he went right into a Los Angeles studio to lower the music with producer Bob Ezrin, they despatched the tape off to engineer Nick Griffiths in England and instructed him to have a choir of youngsters sing it. (Ezrin and Waters each declare right this moment that that they had the concept themselves.)

Griffiths introduced 25 children from Islington Green School in North London into the studio and had them sing the half. “I originally thought we’d use their voices as background for the lead vocals Dave [Gilmour] and I had recorded, but the sound we heard on the tape when it came in was so emotionally powerful that we let them sing their part alone,” Waters informed The WSJ. “To hear those kids from a not-so-affluent part of London singing the lyrics took my breath away. By adding those voices, Nicky had made the song visceral and deeply moving in a very serious way.”

Crucially, Ezrin additionally added a kick drum on each beat. It gave the music a disco-like really feel that made it palatable for radio audiences. Before they knew it, the music was blaring out of automotive stereos all throughout the world. Teenagers might haven’t understood the nuances of the story Waters was telling, however they liked singing “We don’t need no education” at the prime of their lungs. Here’s the authentic video that options footage from the 1982 Wall film.

Pink Floyd by no means had one other single even graze the Top 40 after this, nevertheless it didn’t matter. They already had a lot success that they may proceed headlining stadiums even after Waters left a couple of years later. And when Waters revived The Wall for a solo tour in 2010, it ran for 3 years and grossed almost half a billion {dollars}. Every night time, he introduced out native children to sing alongside to “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2.”

Waters is meant to launch his This Is Not a Drill tour on July eighth in Pittsburgh, however the coronavirus state of affairs might delay these plans. Whenever he’s ready to tour, nevertheless, “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” will virtually actually be in the set checklist. It stays the hottest music he ever created and it will get rediscovered by era after era of youngsters who viscerally join with the message.

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