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Which One Is Pink? Essay On Pink Floyd And Their Music

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Which One is Pink?Syd Barrett started Pink Floyd, without him it couldn't have begun. But he was too weak to be a rock star. He had the mind of a child, the body of and adult. He didn't understand society and the world. He didn't fit the adult lifestyle; it was too complicated for him. They had to kick him out. Pink Floyd wouldn't have been able to become what they became with Syd Barrett. They started out when Richard Wright (keyboards), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass), and Syd Barrett (vocals) met in 1965 (Rollingstone April 1987.) Syd Barret would write all the lyrics and make up most of the music. He would become a cult figure early in his career with his weird sounding guitar and simple but at the same time complex lyrics. He only worked with Pink Floyd in two of their hits "See Emily Play" and "Arnold Layne" but yet his spirit and presence were present in all of the band's later more popular albums (Jones 15). Roger Watters, became the front man for the band during their best years wrote about themes that related to Barrett in a way or another, he wrote about humanism, loss, good, evil, madness, sanity, alienation, time, pressures of the outside world such as money, aging, schizophrenia, paranoia, and corruption. But Pink Floyd's greatest work was their two magnificent concept albums, Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall.Dark Side of the Moon was their most complete and musically profound album, it was their most ambitious and at the same time commercial album, they ever wrote. Over 27 million copies have been sold in the world, it spent 760 weeks on Billboard, by far a record (Jones, 93). One expert said "so outdistanced the competition that most thinking people believe it may never be equaled." (Sinclair, Q Magazine) The album was just all around greatness. The melodies, lyrics, the clean sounds, and simple visuals were all together in one album, a short one too, consisting of only nine breathtaking tracks. The album was painfully short but deeply rewarding.The album isn't a bunch of singles, but rather a collection of songs, that mainly deals with the "fleeting nature and depravity of humanity," (Grossman, Rolling Stone). The album's concept was that modern life was a recipe for insanity. It was full of contradictions like, "Us and Them" and "Light and Dark". The title of an album can be interpreted in many ways, and one of those would be that the dark side of the moon, is our deeper side, the side no one except us know. The album contained a number of factors that corrupt a human's life and that may eventually lead us to madness.Time is the first song in the album to contain lyrics and it tells us a lot about the concept of the album. Waters believed that we wasted the majority of our time doing insignificant things and when we think about it we realize how much time we wasted and that may ultimately lead us to madness. "I spent an awful lot of my time - until I was about 28, waiting for my life to start," he remembered in an...

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