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  • The Band Eventually Soured On The Project on Random Pink Floyd Tried To Make An Album That Ended Up Being Too Trippy Even For Them

    (#5) The Band Eventually Soured On The Project

    After months of sessions on "Household Objects," frustration had built up, and most of the band was ready to move on from the idea. "A lot of the time it would just be like plonky noises," guitarist David Gilmour said, calling the sessions "rather unsatisfying."

    Nick Mason came to feel the sessions were a "delaying tactic" keeping them from the hard work of writing real songs. Keyboardist Richard Wright remembered sitting down with Roger Waters and saying, "Roger, this is insane!"

    Eventually, everyone agreed a new direction was needed, and the band abandoned "Household Objects."

  • The Man On The Album Cover Was Actually On Fire on Random Pink Floyd Tried To Make An Album That Ended Up Being Too Trippy Even For Them

    (#10) The Man On The Album Cover Was Actually On Fire

    Wish You Were Here's famous album art was made by esteemed design studio Hipgnosis, who had created many of Pink Floyd's previous covers. Lyrics on the album inspired the central image of the handshake, and the man on fire represents the fear of "getting burned" when you expose your real emotions.

    The photo itself was shot at Warner Bros. Studios near Los Angeles, CA, with stuntmen Ronnie Rondell and Danny Rogers dressed as businesspeople. Rondell really was on fire, and during the first take, the wind blew flames into his face and burned his mustache. 

  • Half The Album Consists Of Just One Song, Which Is Dedicated To Syd Barrett on Random Pink Floyd Tried To Make An Album That Ended Up Being Too Trippy Even For Them

    (#8) Half The Album Consists Of Just One Song, Which Is Dedicated To Syd Barrett

    The centerpiece track of Wish You Were Here, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," is a nine-part epic that lasts a total of 26 minutes. The minimal lyrics refer to a person who is becoming unglued from reality, but who is beloved and unique in the world.

    Along with the psychedelic guitar, the lyrics pay homage to Syd Barrett in a special dedication by the members of Pink Floyd. And while the title track is not about any person specifically, David Gilmour said, "I can't sing it without thinking about Syd."

  • The Album Led To Famous Pink Floyd Stage Gimmicks on Random Pink Floyd Tried To Make An Album That Ended Up Being Too Trippy Even For Them

    (#12) The Album Led To Famous Pink Floyd Stage Gimmicks

    Pink Floyd had been performing concerts for nearly a decade by the time they went on tour with Wish You Were Here in 1975. But during that winter, they first tried the sort of awe-inspiring stagecraft for which their shows are now famous.

    A 40-foot circular screen wrapped around the stage, and different animations and bits of film were projected on it for each song; a mirror ball was hit with a spotlight to provide a blinding burst of light for the band's exit. The whole thing was combined with lasers, fog, and pyrotechnics for a visual spectacular.

  • The Album Was A Success, But It Changed The Band For Good on Random Pink Floyd Tried To Make An Album That Ended Up Being Too Trippy Even For Them

    (#11) The Album Was A Success, But It Changed The Band For Good

    Although Wish You Were Here wasn't the mega-hit that The Dark Side of the Moon was, it still hit #1 in the US and UK, receiving positive-to-mixed reviews from critics. Pink Floyd shows sold out night after night around the world, but the band's direction had changed completely.

    Roger Waters increasingly controlled their next three albums, and the focus fell on the lyrics before the music. The mostly neutral band was suddenly singing strong opinions about human nature, the music business, and corporate greed.

  • Roger Waters Came Up With An Idea For An Album About Absence on Random Pink Floyd Tried To Make An Album That Ended Up Being Too Trippy Even For Them

    (#6) Roger Waters Came Up With An Idea For An Album About Absence

    With a fresh start needed, Pink Floyd looked for inspiration. Roger Waters found it in the absences he was beginning to notice in his life. He and his wife were growing apart and on the verge of divorce, and he felt his bandmates weren't as committed to the art of music as he was. Waters also missed his friend, founding Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett.

    Waters felt these feelings of loneliness and the theme of missing those close to you would make a strong album concept, and his bandmates agreed. The album soon became known as Wish You Were Here.

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Pink Floyd is one of the earliest psychedelic bands in the UK. The earliest successful debut album is The Piper at the Gates of Dawn in 1967. And we have to mention this famous album The Dark Side of the Moon, which is the 8th studio album released in 1971. The theme of the album focuses on the various issues faced by the band. Kind of pressure, about conflict, greed, death, and mental illness. The content is controversial, but it has become one of Pink Floyd's most successful commercials.

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