Biography

The story of Pink Floyd began in London in 1965. The lineup comprised the London Polytechnic students Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright. They were joined by Syd Barrett who came from Cambridge. The name of the band was proposed by Syd as a tribute to the American bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. They started as an R&B outfit doing covers of The Rolling Stones. Influenced by Barrett’s ideas, Pink Floyd moved to the psychedelic sound with complex and long compositions. The band established their big ambitions with their very first single Arnold Layne. It was a story of a transvestite stealing women’s clothing. Although it was denied by the BBC, the single invaded Top 20 of the UK albums.

The debut full format release by Pink Floyd, called Piper At The Gates Of The Dawn, saw light in 1967 and immediately became a sensation featuring an absolutely innovational approach called ‘space music’. Numerous sonic effects along with specific depressive guitar solos rendered brilliantly the inner state of a person in the surroundings of the modern world. Barrett’s apocalyptic lyrics and music were both the product of his genius and result of heavy drug intake. The massive tours and packed studio activity exhausted him mentally and physically which led to an idea of keeping him focused on songwriting apart from stage performances. It was meant to replace Barrett during the concerts with his old friend David Gilmour. However, Barrett refused this alternative and left the band. He started his own career, but did not achieve much.

Despite the new reality without the established leader, Pink Floyd remained full of energy and creative ideas and released the subsequent album, A Saucerful Of Secrets, in 1968. It included only one song by Barret. This released was followed by the production of the soundtrack to the movie More and the double CD album Ummagumma in 1969. The first part of this record featured the band’s live performances, while the second one contained solo compositions written separately by each member of Pink Floyd. The early seventies became the new period in the Pink Floyd history. The 1970 album Atom Heart Mother was recorded in cooperation with the avant-garde composer Ron Geesin. In 1973 Pink Floyd finished the quest for the sought sound after the release of the iconic Dark Side Of The Moon. This one sold out over twenty five million copies and gave the model to follow on the next albums. The same formula of music was utilized for Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall. The latter became one of the most outstanding specimens of rock genre to influence multitudes of performers. This rock opera was devoted to the subject of loneliness and separation of performers from their audience with the wall being its main symbol.

In 1979, Richard Write quit Pink Floyd due to bitter differences with Waters. In 1982, the band shot the movie The Wall with the music taken from the same titled album. The 1983 record The Final Cut earned little attention with only one remarkable song, Not Now John. The failure pushed Waters to start a solo career, an example followed by Gilmour and Mason. However, they did not succeed as separate artists, which motivated Mason and Gilmour to resurrect Pink Floyd in 1987. Despite the protests and claims from Waters, they managed to preserve the band’s title. Richard Write came back to the group shortly after that. Immediately after the reunion, Pink Floyd recorded A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987). It was supported by a long tour giving the material for the live album Delicate Sound Of Thunder (1988). After a prolonged pause, the band released The Division Bell (1994). The material of the new disc reminded little of the Pink Floyd old works and much of Gilmour’s solo albums. In 2005 Waters once performed with Pink Floyd in London which was mistakenly taken by many fans as a sign of his long expected re-joining with the band.

Studio Albums

Pink Floyd, The Endless River mp3The Endless River
2014
  • Ambient
  • Art Rock
  • Space Rock
Pink Floyd, The Division Bell mp3The Division Bell
1994
  • Progressive Rock
  • Space Rock
Pink Floyd, A Momentary Lapse of Reason mp3A Momentary Lapse of Reason
1987
  • Art Rock
  • Pop/Rock
  • Progressive Rock
Pink Floyd, The Final Cut mp3The Final Cut
1983
  • Symphonic Rock
Pink Floyd, The Wall mp3The Wall
1979
  • Rock Opera
  • Progressive Rock
  • Art Rock
  • Symphonic Rock
  • Symphonic Prog
Pink Floyd, Animals mp3Animals
1977
  • Art Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
Pink Floyd, The Dark Side Of The Moon mp3The Dark Side Of The Moon
1973
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Art Rock
Pink Floyd, Obscured by Clouds mp3Obscured by Clouds
1972
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
Pink Floyd, Meddle mp3Meddle
1971
  • Folk Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Space Rock
Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother mp3Atom Heart Mother
1970
  • Experimental Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Symphonic Prog
Pink Floyd, More mp3More
1969
  • Experimental Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
Pink Floyd, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn mp3The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
1967
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Space Rock

EP

Pink Floyd, 1967: The First 3 Singles mp31967: The First 3 Singles
1997
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Rock
Pink Floyd, In London 1966-1967 mp3In London 1966-1967
1995
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock

Compilation albums

Pink Floyd, The Early Years: 1967-1972 Cre/ation mp3The Early Years: 1967-1972 Cre/ation
2016
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Space Rock
Pink Floyd, Works mp3Works
1983
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
Pink Floyd, Relics mp3Relics
1971
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Rock

Lives

Pink Floyd, Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live mp3Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live
2000
  • Art Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Rock Opera
  • Symphonic Prog
Pink Floyd, Pulse mp3Pulse
1995
  • Art Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Space Rock
  • Symphonic Prog
Pink Floyd, Ummagumma mp3Ummagumma
1969
  • Experimental Rock
  • Musique concrete
  • Progressive Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Space Rock