The Wall – Pink Floyd

The Wall is the eleventh studio album by British rock legends Pink Floyd. Released in 1979, a double length album consisting of twenty-six tracks. One of the first concept albums, this rock opera stories the life of Pink, a rock star who has become jaded with reality and seeks to erect a wall between himself and the world.

At minutes 80 long, the album features many classic tracks of Pink Floyd’s repertoire, such as “Hey You”, “Comfortably Numb” & “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2”. These are some of my favourite Pink Floyd songs, and the album is probably my favourite of all time.

Background & Story

After the successes of Dark Side of the Moon in 1973, the band went on to become a stadium band; according to Waters fans would attend as a social occasion without care for the music or simply wanting to hear the band’s hits. This disillusionment came to a head at a concert in 1977, when Waters spat at a fan. Horrified by his actions, he imagined a wall separating the audience from himself.

This idea came to shape the concept of the rock opera, centred around protagonist Pink (based on Barrett on Waters’ lives), a rockstar who after the traumas of authoritarian figures in his life and the death of his father seeks to erect a wall between himself and reality.

Favourite Songs

Even though it’s my favourite album I probably couldn’t name all twenty-six tracks on this record, but I do have my personal favourites! As some songs lead into others, I’ve put some of them together:

  • Happiest Days of Our Lives + Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2/ Empty Spaces + Young Lust / Hey You / Comfortably Numb

Fun Facts

  1. While touring, 12 metre high walls were built with cardboard bricks during concerts.
  2. During production keyboardist Richard Wright was fired by Waters, only to stay on as a paid freelance musician.
  3. It’s the second Pink Floyd bestselling album.
  4. Comfortably Numb is inspired by an event when Waters was injected with muscle relaxants during the In The Flesh tour.
  5. Relationships between the bands were at an all-time low during this period, with all four arriving in separate Winnibegos for shows.