Pink Floyd is an incredible band. They have created some of the most phenomenal rock music in all of history. The Wall is arguably the greatest rock opera of all time. However, if you were like me and raised on top 40 radio a few decades ago (or even Classic Rock radio more recently) your exposure to Pink Floyd is most likely limited to “Money” and “Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2 (which you are inevitably calling “We Don’t Need No Education”), with a spattering of “Comfortably Numb”, “Time”, and “Us and Them” tossed in for flavour.
Those songs are undeniably terrific. But by limiting yourself to such a small selection of their material is truly cheating yourself of the depth and breadth of this band’s greatness. The Wall alone is an incredible listening experience from start to finish. Dig further into their catalogue and you’ll find innumerable treasures that don’t get radio play.
I could probably fill an entire year’s worth of these blog posts with just Pink Floyd songs, but I’ll whittle it down to the song that first impacted me, like a brick to the temple, as to the wonder that existed as I delved into Pink Floyd’s catalogue beyond the radio friendly material. Something about this song, the jaunty opening guitar riff and the cryptic but inspiring lyrics, stirred something in my soul.
I’m kicking off your weekend with the wonderful “Fearless” by the immortal Pink Floyd, from the 1971 album Meddle.