Personalities | Pink Floyd | The Waters-Led Era (1979) | Key Events


Wright Resigns

With Waters and co-producer Bob Ezrin driving The Wall sessions in Los Angeles, New York and France Floyd were no longer operating as a unit. Waters later stated that only Gilmour was of any musical use with Wright and, to an extent, Mason missing in action. Whether Wright was emotionally burned out after marital problems or simply non creative became moot points when Waters engineered his removal from the Pink Floyd partnership. That this could come to pass – and that Mason and Gilmour would agree – revealed how dysfunctional Floyd had become. Amazingly, Wright became a salaried musician for The Wall performances.


‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’

The last Pink Floyd single released in the UK had been ‘Point Me At The Sky’ in 1968 which had sunk without trace. The track ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’, with its sub-disco beat, guitar, funky feel, an impromptu choir of school children whose classroom was just down the road from Brittania Row, was seen as a perfect way to raise the curtain on The Wall album. Despite Waters’ caustic lyrics questioning the benefits of education, it rocketed to the top of the charts when released on 16 November. The feat was repeated in America in January 1980.

The Wall

The Wall was the concept album to end all concept albums. This song-story was hatched by Roger Waters and based around the character Pink partially to reflect extremes of his own life and experiences with a sprinkling of Syd Barrett thrown in for good measure. Themes of loss, megalomania, delusion, oppression, war, paranoia and – at heart – an artist’s relationship with his audience made for a cracking four sides of vinyl. Passion, intent and fine music literally bled from the speakers with tracks like ‘Comfortably Numb’, ‘Hey, You’ and ‘Is There Anybody Out There’ becoming some of the most memorable of all Floyd’s sub-five-minute songs. Like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, The Wall is the monumental brick in Waters’ own artistic wall.

Personalities | Introducing Pink Floyd
Personalities | Pink Floyd | The Waters-Led Era (1980) | Key Events

Source: Pink Floyd Revealed, by Ian Shirley


An extensive music information resource, bringing together the talents and expertise of a wide range of editors and musicologists, including Stanley Sadie, Charles Wilson, Paul Du Noyer, Tony Byworth, Bob Allen, Howard Mandel, Cliff Douse, William Schafer, John Wilson...


Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and more. Flame Tree has been making encyclopaedias and guides about music for over 20 years. Now Flame Tree Pro brings together a huge canon of carefully curated information on genres, styles, artists and instruments. It's a perfect tool for study, and entertaining too, a great companion to our music books.

Rock, A Life Story

Rock, A Life Story

The ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day.

David Bowie

David Bowie

Fantastic new, unofficial biography covers his life, music, art and movies, with a sweep of incredible photographs.