Friday, March 16, 2012

Pink Floyd Is a Progressive Rock Band

Pink Floyd's music is classified in the music industry as progressive rock, also known as prog rock. Progressive rock began in the early 60's in London, and Pink Floyd was one of the bands whose artistic talents fit into progressive rock. Critics also called their music psychedelic rock. Listening to it invokes the mind to interpret the song's message. The melody that comes out from the beautiful mixtures of instruments heightens the lyrics that charm the mind as well. So that it prompts many to say "you don't have to take drugs to listen to rock".
The founding members Syd Barrett and Roger Waters began their music career in London. They decided to form a band taking with them the equally talented Richard Wright, Nick Mason and David Gilmour. The band had been called under different names. They finally chose to carry the name "Pink Floyd". Aside from their distinctive talents, the band rose to fame because of their glitzy, theatrical live performances that differentiate them from the rest of the rock bands. Apparently, Pink Floyd have succeeded in bringing rock to a different level.
"The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" was the band's debut album. The album was released in August 1967 and it ranked 6th in the U.K. charts. In early 1968, Syd Barrett left the band for health reasons, while the four remaining band members continued their recordings and performances. Their second album, "A Saucerful of Secrets" was released in June 1968 and reached No. 9 in the Chart. Their second single "See Emily Play" also rose to No. 6 in the chart. Their third album "Ummagumma" came out in November 1969 and ranked No. 4 in UK charts. Their fourth studio album "Atom Heart Mother" was also number 4 in UK chart.
Their albums were consistently on top 10 of UK Chart. Pink Floyd's first album that reached No.1 in the chart is "Dark Side of the Moon", but it was in the U.S. chart only. It was no. 2 in UK. Their next album "Wish You Were Here" was released in 1975, this time it reached No. 1 in both U.S. and U.K. Another Pink Floyd album that reached No. 1 in both U.S. and U.K chart is "The Division Bell". It was released in 1994. Their live album P.U.L.S.E. was also no. 1 in both countries, and in June 1996, Pink Floyd was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Successive recordings and live performances heightened the band's popularity worldwide. To date, it has a world sales record of more than 200 million albums.
Syd Barrett died in 2006, Richard Wright in 2008, and the 3 remaining members, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and David Gilmour were seen together again in O2 Arena in London on Roger Waters' Wall Live Show in 2011.
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