Radio 56, side A, track 11: “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd, #6 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The WallOh, Pink Floyd, I think some DJ just wanted an excuse to get some Pink Floyd on the radio.  Because I don’t think this song technically came out in the ’80s.  But that’s fine, Pink Floyd, I understand the compulsion.  This track is actually the first time I’d ever heard anything by you, and I’ll be honest, it’s one of the few songs of yours that I’m familiar with.  I know, I should be embarrassed.  I AM embarrassed, Pink Floyd.  You’re one of those bands who I totally recognize as being essential bands to listen to, but I just never did.  At the end of the day, I think I’m just not into prog rock or really any of the experimental rock that came out of the ’60s and ’70s.

I’m not saying I don’t like it, Pink Floyd.  I love it.  Immensely.  But I’m just not IN to it, you know?  Not like real Pink Floyd fans are into you.  Like if someone asked a real fan to name your top ten songs, they would immediately be able to tell you not just their top ten favorites, but when they were recorded, where they were recorded, and many other fun facts.  If someone asked me to do the same thing, I’d be able to name this one and “Money” and that’s about it.  I haven’t even seen “The Wall”, which I believe also has Bob Hoskins in it, so it’s even more weird that I haven’t seen it, since he’s one of my all-time favorites (I miss you, Bob).

I guess that’s partially incorrect.  I do believe I saw a part of “The Wall” my freshman year of college, but I was drunk as a skunk, as the kids say, and I remember stumbling into the living room, and my roommates were watching it, and I think there was a war scene going on and explosions and screaming and frankly, I didn’t know what the hell was going on.  I may have sat down to watch more of it, but I definitely don’t remember anything else about it.  I think my roommates were using substances other than beer, so they likely enjoyed it much more than I did.  Same thing with “Dark Side Of The Moon”.  I’ve had many conversations with people who talk about its amazingness, but I’ve never actually sat down to listen to it.

I think part of it is that I’m not comfortable just listening to music.  It’s something I’ve just started really thinking about lately, but it’s occurred to me that I can’t JUST sit in a room listening to music.  I have to be doing something else as well.  I don’t know what it is, Pink Floyd.  I can sit down and watch a TV show.  And then another.  And another.  For hours on end.  And yet, I can’t do the same with music.  It wouldn’t occur to me to sit and listen to an album.  If I was going to, I’d have to also be doing something else, like washing dishes or sweeping the floor.  Just enjoying music to enjoy music is outside of my wheelhouse.  I USED to.  Back in high school and college I would just lay there listening to music, but even then, generally I was using it to heighten some aspect of my depression or lovesickness or something.  It was rare I’d throw in a CD or cassette tape for the sole purpose of enjoying the music.  Hell, Pink Floyd, even now, with this blog, when I’m listening to these amazing tracks, I’m either concentrating on transcribing the lyrics or concentrating on what I’m going to write about the song.  It’s pretty rare where I just close my eyes and just enjoy the thing.

So I guess this means I’m the ultimate square, Pink Floyd.  A guy writing a music blog who can’t even seem to enjoy music.  And a square’s not much different than a rectangle, which is the shape of a brick. . .all in all, I think you know where I’m going with this.

“Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)”

<awesome Pink Floyd jam>

We don’t need no education

We don’t need no thought control

No dark sarcasm in the classroom

Teacher leave them kids alone

Leave them kids alone!

All in all it’s just a
‘Nother brick in the wall

All in all you’re just a
‘Nother brick in the wall

(We don’t need no education)

(We don’t need no thought control)

(No dark sarcasm in the classroom)

(Teachers leave them kids alone)

(Leave us kids alone!)

(All in all you’re just a)
(‘Nother brick in the wall)

(All in all you’re just a)
(‘Nother brick in the wall)

<awesome Pink Floyd jam>

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One thought on “Radio 56, side A, track 11: “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd, #6 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

  1. Rick says:

    I have seen Pink Floyd without Roger Waters, and I have seen Roger Waters without Pink Floyd. Both concerts are at the top of my all time best list.

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