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The Wall The Wall
by The Ovi Team
2015-11-30 10:58:50
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wall01The Wall is the ninth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd. Presented as a double album, it was released on 30 November 1979. It was subsequently performed live, with elaborate theatrical effects, and adapted into the film Pink Floyd The Wall.

The Wall is a rock opera that centres on the character Pink, who is largely based on the band's bassist and lyricist Roger Waters. Pink encounters obstacles throughout his life, beginning with the loss of his father during World War II, continuing with abuse from his schoolteachers, an overprotective mother, and the desertion of his wife – all of which factor into Pink's isolation from society, represented by the metaphorical "Wall" of the album title.

wall02_400As with most of their previous albums, The Wall is a concept album that deals largely with the theme of personal isolation. The concept was inspired by an event that occurred during the band's 1977 In the Flesh Tour, where Waters' frustration with the behaviour of the audience reached a point where he spat in the face of a fan near the stage. Waters would come to regret his actions and spoke of his desire to build a wall between himself and the audience. The Wall features a notably harsher and more theatrical style than their previous releases. Keyboardist Richard Wright left the band during production of the album, but returned to perform during later concert performances as a salaried musician.

wall03_400Hugely successful upon its release, The Wall was the best selling album of 1980 in the United States. 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.

The album's overriding themes are based upon the causes and implications of self-imposed isolation, symbolised by the metaphorical wall of the title. The songs create an approximate storyline of events in the life of the protagonist, Pink. His father dies during Pink's childhood (Waters' father was killed during World War II). He is oppressed by his overprotective mother, and tormented at schwall04_400ool by tyrannical, abusive teachers. Each of these traumas becomes "another brick in the wall". Pink becomes a rock star, his relationships marred by infidelity, drug use, and outbursts of violence. As his marriage crumbles, Pink finishes building the wall, completing his isolation from human contact.

Now hidden behind his freshly completed "wall", Pink's crisis escalates, culminating in a hallucinatory on-stage performance where he believes that he is a fascist dictator, and that his concerts are like Neo-Nazi rallies, where he sets his men on fans he considers unworthy. Tormented with guilt, he places himself on trial, his inner judge ordering him to "tear down the wall", opening Pink to the outside world. The album's end runs into its beginning with the closing words "Isn't this where...” the first song on the album, "In the Flesh?” begins with the words "...we came in?"—with a continuation of the melody of the last song, "Outside the Wall"—hinting at the cyclical nature of Waters' theme.

The album includes several references to former band-member Syd Barrett. "Nobody Home" hints at Barrett's condition during Pink Floyd's abortive US tour of 1967, such as "wild, staring eyes", "Hendrix perm", and "elastic bands keeping my shoes on". The following song, "Comfortably Numb", is an allegory of Waters' experiences during the band's 1977 In the Flesh Tour, where he was injected with a muscle relaxant to combat the effects of hepatitis.

The album also spawned a film. The film was originally to be a mixture of live concert footage and Scarfe's animations, however the concert footage proved impractical to film. Alan Parker agreed to direct, keeping the animated sequences, but using professional actors in each scene, with no dialogue. Bob Geldof took the role of Pink, and Waters took a six-week holiday during filming. A modified soundtrack was also created for some of the film's songs. The Wall was released in July 1982.

Watch a video from The Wall, HERE"

 


       
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Clint2009-11-30 20:35:42
30 years wow. Great memories and the last number 1 of the 70's.


Thanos2009-11-30 22:53:44
I felt the same surprise when I realized. Actually I was in the first tour and then I was in Berlin when Roger Waters performed alone!


Gordana Mudri2015-11-30 13:44:17
I was around 15. I remember that, "Another brick in the wall" woke rebellious spirit in teenagers. We defiantly sang that song to our teachers. In the time of socialism, it was almost revolutionary experience.
One of those songs that leave traces.


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