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What does 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean?

The moon revolves around the Earth at the exact same speed at which it rotates, due to a phenomenon having to do with the uneven weight distribution of the moon itself. Because of this, on Earth, we ...
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Is the double negative in 'we don't need no education' intentional?

This is quite certainly intentional. While the double negative used as an intensified negative is considered ungrammatical in "standard" English, it is very common in many English dialects, ...
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What happened to the heads from the front cover of The Division Bell?

Update: As noted in the comments and the other answer, they are no longer located at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The original metallic sculptures from Pink Floyd's The Division Bell album cover ...
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Is the double negative in 'we don't need no education' intentional?

I've been unable to find any comments directly from Roger Waters (writer of the music and lyrics of the song) on the meaning of those lines. Looking at the lyrics on Genius.com, the annotation for the ...
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Did Pink Floyd ever have five simultaneous members?

Live performances A part of the answer to this question can be found on Pink Floyd's website, specifically the site's timeline. The first two dates 1968 on the timeline are: 12 January 1968 Pink ...
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Why does Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album cover show someone spontaneously combusting?

It looks like the Wikipedia article for the Wish You Were Here album has a section on the reasoning behind the cover art. Some excerpts: The concept behind "Welcome to the Machine" and "Have a ...
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What does 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean?

And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear You shout and no one seems to hear And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes I'll see you on the dark side of the moon ...
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What is the actual meaning of the the song Astronomy Domine by Pink Floyd?

It's about space, plain and simple. It's literally just a description of space - its colors, planets, stars, supernovas scaring Dan Dare. It's typical Barrett - something very, very simple wrapped ...
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Bands similar to Pink Floyd

If you are looking for songs similar to Echoes: Pink Floyd (Indeed one of the greatest bands of all time; certainly a favorite of mine after The Beatles) Shine On You Crazy Diamond [Parts I-IX] ...
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What happened to the heads from the front cover of The Division Bell?

The metallic sculptures will be on display at The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, beginning May 13th at London's V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum). They were loaded into the museum two ...
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Differences between Syd Barrett and David Gilmour

There are a couple differences between the Barrett and Gilmour eras of Pink Floyd. One of the biggest differences was that when Barrett was in Floyd, he was pretty much the lead composer of the band, ...
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Who are those famous looking people in the video of Pink Floyd's brain damage?

Below I've listed out the different people you see, with the corresponded line in the song in parenthesis. I don't know everyone, but I think this is at least a good start. Everyone who might be a ...
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Why does Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album cover show someone spontaneously combusting?

The album artwork has four images, two on the cover and two on the inner sleeve. Each of the pictures references one of the four elements: Fire Earth Air Water. I don't think it goes any deeper ...
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Strange Pink Floyd's "The Wall" album with round sticker

I suppose by "weird", you are refering to the sticker on the cover (as the Wall album is suppose to have nothing but a wall: This album, very likely, comes from a box set from 1997 : '97 Vinyl ...
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What happened to the heads from the front cover of The Division Bell?

Update: As noted in the other answer, they will be will be on display at The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains. They are on the roof of the Warner bros building in Wright's Lane Kensington. ...
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Pictures from the recording of Pink Floyd's On the run

It's not sampled or looped. "On the Run" was created entirely using a VCS-3. No crazy tape tricks beyond a few overdubs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccBoypwQ9zA EDIT: Thought I might expand ...
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What does 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean?

The meaning of Brain Damage can only really be guessed from inferences in the actual lyrics..as no one but Roger Waters truly knows what it means. I'm not sure he has publicly stated that meaning ...
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Why is Pink Floyd sometimes called "The" Pink Floyd?

If you look at the band's early history, Pink Floyd was originally called "the Pink Floyd Sound" until some time in 1966 when one of their manager's, Peter Jenner, suggested that they drop "Sound" ...
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Instrumental music meanings

You're asking about current popular music, but this question was a famous discussion in and around the 19th century in terms of "classical" music. Program music attempts to "tell a story" of some ...
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What does 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean?

It means that you have gone mad. Most, if not all, of the album is about the onset of madness. Here is a detailed analysis of the lyrics. Those lyrics are actually from Brain Damage, which fades ...
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What does 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean?

I laughed a bit when I first read this question - I'm not sure you understand its scope. One could literally write a book about this album and its meanings. First of all, you absolutely must not take ...
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Instrumental music meanings

The meaning of instrumental music is in my opinion deeply connected to the perception of life in general. For many different people usually have very similar feelings about an instrumental piece, the ...
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Why does Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album cover show someone spontaneously combusting?

This isn't a definitive answer, but the album's lyrical content suggests existential themes of reaching out for some kind of genuine human connection within contexts that are dehumanized, ...
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Instrumental music meanings

Simply put “Things Left Unsaid”, is the first track off of Pink Floyd’s final attempt, “The Endless River”. From “Things Left Unsaid” unto “Louder than Words”, the whole album consists of mostly ...
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What did David Gilmour exactly say in this video about his Black Strat?

The first two sentences are quite clear to me: I got it from Many's, I believe in 1970. Wherever I was in New York, I'd go see Henry and Many's. He is talking about where he bought his famous ...
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Is the double negative in 'we don't need no education' intentional?

'We dont need no...' is commonly used in London for 'we don't need any'. its simple. Note that the lyric is not 'we don't need no learning'. The point is that an inner city London school in the 70s ...
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Is the double negative in 'we don't need no education' intentional?

For some reason, I was thinking about education while making a song and Pink Floyd song came to my mind. Try to sing: We do need an education It doesn't sound as good as. We don't need no ...
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Bands similar to Pink Floyd

What you have discovered is love for golden age progressive rock, when songs were not just calm and mesmerizing, but the lyrics were also deep, meaningful and they were complemented by extraordinary ...
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Bands similar to Pink Floyd

The best that come to mind are: Asia, Transatlantic, Yogi Lang, Yes, Genesis, Camel, RPWL, Jon Lord - Before I Forget, King Crimson, Eloy (maybe) and Emerson; Lake and Palmer.
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Instrumental music meanings

When I think of meaning I think of something specific. So music without lyrics or words or titles or any type of literal reference does not have any specific meaning, to me. There is definitely ...
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