Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in Gaining a following as a psychedelic pop group,    they were distinguished for their extended compositions, sonic experimentation, philosophical lyrics and elaborate live shows , and became a leading band of the progressive rock genre. They are one of the most commercially successful and influential bands in popular music history. Under Barrett's leadership, they released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined in December ; Barrett left in April due to deteriorating mental health. The band also composed several film scores. Following personal tensions, Wright left Pink Floyd in , followed by Waters in Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd, rejoined later by Wright. The three produced two more albums— A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell —and toured both albums before entering a long period of inactivity.
And, perhaps most crucially, the record had genuine meaning. Toc H. Along with adhering to a cohesive concept, Waters wanted Dark Side to feature lyrics that were more lucid and direct than anything the band had written before. The album was very nearly called Eclipse. From the beginning, the band had intended to call their new album Dark Side of the Moon — a reference to lunacy, as opposed to outer space — but when British heavy blues rockers Medicine Head released an album of the same name in , it caused the Floyd to rechristen their project as Eclipse. Floyd fans were first treated to Dark Side of the Moon in concert more than a year before the album was actually released.
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So, you think you can tell Meddle from The Division Bell? Pink Floyd may be the only rock band that can credibly be compared to both the Beatles and Spinal Tap. He obsessively collects worldwide sales data. Not sales claims ; sales data. You can read his 51 pages of Pink Floyd sales data here. The upshot: Pink Floyd has sold more albums worldwide than the Beatles. Floyd recorded over a longer period, of course, but both groups have released about the same number of albums, and had about the same span of decades to sell their work to new generations — and in new configurations. In its massive confusion, this accounting — which, whether we like it or not, hangs above our cultural world, as the band itself might have put it, motionless upon the air, like an albatross — is a testament to the good humor of the gods of rock, which now and again smile upon otherwise unemployable, gangly British nitwits.