Pink Floyd’s influence is inescapable. Turn on any classic rock radio station and “Money” will probably be played within the hour. Bands ranging from Radiohead to Tangerine Dream to The Smashing Pumpkins have all cited Pink Floyd as an influence. And literally everywhere you go you’ll see someone with some form of Pink Floyd apparel. In fact, there’s a guy with a jewelry kiosk at my college right now who has worn a Dark Side of the Moon t-shirt every day he’s been here.
There’s no questioning that Pink Floyd is a great band. You need only listen to one of their classic ‘70s albums for proof. Their blend of spacey psychedelics and classic rock mysticism has been the definition of dorm-room cool for over 40 years now.
But that doesn’t mean they haven’t released some bad music too. They went through a rough stretch in the late ‘60s when they were searching for their musical identity after founding member Syd Barrett left the band in 1968. The trilogy of More, Ummagumma, and Atom Heart Mother hardly sounds like the band that made The Wall. I’ll be listening to and writing about the bad Pink Floyd this week.
In the meantime, here’s some good Pink Floyd: