Pink Floyd as a music band - discussion

Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in 1965 in London by students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. They gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett's leadership released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). David Gilmour joined as a fifth member in December 1967; Barrett left the band in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health exacerbated by drug use. Waters became the band's primary lyricist and, by the mid-1970s, their dominant songwriter, devising the concepts behind their critically and commercially successful albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983).

Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985, declaring it a "spent force". Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd; Wright rejoined them as a session musician and, later, a band member. The three produced two more albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994), and toured until 1994. After nearly two decades of acrimony, Pink Floyd reunited with Waters in 2005 for a performance at the global awareness event Live 8, but Gilmour and Waters have since stated they have no plans to reunite as a band again. Barrett died in 2006 and Wright in 2008. The final Pink Floyd studio album, The Endless River, recorded without Waters and based on material recorded in 1993–1994, was released in November 2014. More:

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Oct 13, 2015

Pink Floyd have been one of the most influencial bands in modern history. Their music inspired numerous artists throughout the decades.

They almost constantly ventured in practically unknown musical planes, often coming up with sounds that had been unheard of prior to their arrival. They blended different styles together to create songs that defied anything that had been made at the time. They used various tools to make sound effects in a time when computer technology did not permit it yet. They were geniuses, avant-guardists, futurists.

The band quickly reached international recognition and its music was the pinacle of auditory art for at least a decade, maybe two, spawning some of the greatest albums ever recorded.

From Water's tragic, hearfelt screams to Gilmour's stellar, mythical solos, they have found a way to fuel progressive music with emotion, something that is rarely witnessed in this complex genre. This group should be regarded by all as one of the greatest, if not the greatest ever conceived.

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