Pink Floyd, an English Rock band founded in 1965, was popular for their Progressive and Psychedelic music. The original founder members were Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. Pink Floyd were all about creative madness. Spearheaded by Syd Barrett’s creative genius and Roger Waters’ songwriting skills, Pink Floyd achieved major success in the international rock scene. David Gilmour joined the band in 1967 as the 5th member of the band. In 1968, Syd Barrett left the band due to deteriorating mental health.
Post the Syd Barrett era, Pink Floyd came out with concept albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Animals amongst others. Most of these concept albums was because of the genius of Roger Waters. The album, Wish You Were Here, dedicated to Syd Barrett, was also the brainchild of Roger Waters.
Roger Waters was the Bass player for Pink Floyd, but he also experimented with a lot of synthesizers, and tape loops. For example, the song, Time, had over 100 analog clocks with alarms going off at random intervals in its intro. This is undoubtedly one of the best intros given to a song ever! Roger Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and started his solo career which included three studio albums.
Waters is definitely a ‘madman’ of a whole different level, someone who was creative and experimental with each song he composed. He contributed to the songwriting process of Pink Floyd in a huge way. His ideas of concept albums were out of this world. His use of synthesizers for experimentation gave Pink Floyd a whole new sound. Songs such as Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, One of These Days is guaranteed to put you in a state of trance.
I have had the pleasure of watching Roger Waters live. An experience par-excellence. Sure, David Gilmour is no less of a rockstar, but as a songwriter, Roger Waters beats most hands down. His song, Leaving Beirut, is one of the most spectacular songs by him.
Here’s wishing Roger Waters, the insanely creative musician I have known, a very happy birthday!