Personalities | Pink Floyd | The Gilmour-Led Era (1992) | Key Events
Ivor Novello Award
Although the Gilmour-led Floyd and Roger Waters’ solo career were both firing on all cylinders, due to their longevity the Nineties saw Pink Floyd begin to accumulate a number of awards. In April 1992 the band received a well-deserved Ivor Novello Award for their outstanding contribution to British music. As the Novello Awards celebrate British songwriters this was recognition of the strength, vitality and appeal of the music written and performed by Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason.
Waters’ Amused To Death
‘What is the shelf-life of a teenage queen?’ asked Roger Waters on the title track of his latest album Amused To Death. Waters explained in one interview that the album, ‘explores the idea of television as medicine: it’s either healing us or killing us. The truth is it’s doing both, healing us as a target audience but killing off our respective cultures.’ Musically, the album was more coherent and aurally potent than the overblown K.A.O.S. concept. Waters incorporated his own strong convictions in the lyrics, as well as including a backwards recorded message to Stanley Kubrick who refused permission to use a sample from the HAL computer from the 2001: A Space Odyssey movie. What promised to be a perfect vehicle for multimedia performance was not toured, even though the album reached the UK Top 10.
Pink Floyd’s 25th anniversary was celebrated by EMI with a nine-CD box set entitled Shine On containing selected albums from their discography. These were: A Saucerful Of Secrets; Meddle; The Dark Side Of The Moon; Wish You Were Here; Animals; The Wall (double album); and A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. There was a bonus CD that included their first five singles, documenting the transition from Barrett’s leadership to the more democratic direction taken after his departure; Richard Wright took the lead vocal on fourth single ‘It Would Be So Nice’. Many Floyd fans wondered why Ummagumma and Floyd’s soundtrack work were not included.
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