Photo. Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album cover, designed by Storm Thorgerson - groundbreaking sound and powerful lyrics. The themes revolve around conflict, morality, greed, time and mental illness.
Introduction to quiz about Pink Floyd
In recent time I have updated myself about the band through magazines and websites as Mojo, Wikipedia, Pink Floyd`s official website and other websites. On 11the April 2023 I am going to attend a Roger Waters` concert at Telenor Arena at Fornebu in Oslo, Norway. That also inspired me to find out more about the bands` history, music, members and more. The phrase "the dark side of the moon" is used to describe something mysterious and unknown. I think the band is like a "dark side of the moon" in itself. For me Pink Floyd`s music was like a puzzle putting pieces together: I really needed to dig deeper into their divine universe to understand them better, and get some more out of their music.
How can I understand Pink Floyd?
My "discovery" of Pink Floyd was like being transported to another world - a new kind of dimension. The band is for me undefinedly in some ways. Their psychedelic sound revolution turned me into long journey - not completed yet. Their lyrics are symbolic, metaphorical, cryptical, complex and sometimes extremely sophisticated. They are also strong political, social and psychical. That`s for sure: they have something they want to express - transmitting messages to the world. In Pink Floyd`s early beginning their songs goes in every direction, almost floating without an end. It`s fantastic to hear their song, and some of them you can sing along with.
Their lyrics are weird, disturbing, sad, depressing, optimistic, funny and sometimes impossible to understand. I think Pink`s Floyd`s music has a characteristic of modern art since it opens for many interpretations. Making music is an art form all its own, and these songs……….I really like to sing along the song this places the first brick in the wall. For example in the song “Another Brick In The Wall" when the lyrics goes like this: "We don't need no education". Is it a gramma error in or is it just a symbolic trick? Metaphor? What does “You're just another brick in the wall" mean?
Pink Floyd sales statistics
By looking at the figures for Pink Floyd`s selling of albums world wide, I understand they have a big influence of people. Since Pink Floyd was formed, they have earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, later, their progressive rock music. The group have sold over 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million in the United States. Also their concerts are well known for being very spectacular, or shall I say “beyond reality”?
The most known Pink Floyd album is “The Dark Side Of The Moon”. It has sold over 50 million copies worldwide. The album became one of the best-selling albums of all time. Dark Side of the Moon has endured through the years because it is such a well-written and thought-out concept album. After its release, it went to number one on the Billboard chart for one week, but it ended up staying on the Billboard charts for a consecutive 741 weeks (or just over 14 years). This feat would make the album one of the top 25 best-selling albums ever.
The Wall is also one of the best-known concept albums world wide. With over 30 million copies sold, it is the second best-selling album in the band's catalogue (behind The Dark Side of the Moon), the best selling double-album of all time, and one of the best-selling albums of all time overall (source: Wikipedia).
Here are some Pink Floyd questions for you:
- In what year did Pink Floyd form?
- Where did the original members in the band met?
- What was their first album?
- What was Pink Floyd's first hit?
- What is the name of the song where you can hear the chanting of "You'll Never Walk Alone"?
- What was the first Pink Floyd album that sampled British physicist Stephen Hawking's electronic voice?
- Why is Pink Floyd named that?
- Where were original band members Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour from?
- When was the album “The Wall” released?
- Who played the lead role in "The Wall?"
- The lead singer of what band starred as Pink Floyd in the movie "The Wall"?
- What`s the name of the main role in the movie "The Wall?
- What Pink Floyd song mixed rock with classical music?
- What`s symbolise the rainbow?
- "Wish You Were Here" is a tribute to what former band member?
- What does Dark Side of the Moon symbolize (meaning)?
- In which famous studie was The Dark Side of the Moon recorded?
- What are the animals used in the Pink Floyd world? And what’s the story behind these animals?
- What does The Wall symbolize?
- In which song in the movie The Wall is this poem recited: "Money, get back / I'm all right, Jack / Keep your hands off my stack / New car / Caviar / Four-star daydream / Think I'll buy me a football team."
- What is the meaning of the lyrics "We don't need no education" in the song “Another Brick In The Wall"?
- The song "Money" is unique in rock music because of .......?
- Which Pink Floyd recording became the first rock album to be played in the space?
- Pink Floyd delivered the world's first surround sound concert - where and when did it happened?
- What`s the title of the band`s last album with Roger Waters? And when was it released?
- On which famous football stadium did Pink Floyd perform The Dark Side of the Moon (The Dark Side of the Moon Tour)?
- In which studio did Pink Floyd record their album The Dark Side of the Moon?
- What is the name of the newest single from the band which was release in April 2022?
- At which famous football stadium in England did Pink Floyd perform a concert in 1974 (recent album "Live at .........")?
- On what Pink Floyd album can you hear the heart beat sound?
- What is the yelling at the end of “Another Brick In The Wall" (put in the missing words)?
- The song features a school choir for lead vocals in some sections and back up vocals in other sections. As the song ends you can hear a teacher (Actually, Roger himself) yelling in a Scottish accent "Wrong, do it again" then "If you don't eat your meat, you …………..”?
- What does "you're just another brick in the wall" mean?
- At which ancient site did Pink Floyd performance a concert in 1972 (concert film)?
- When did the band break up?
- What`s the title of the song sung by Roger Waters about "the lunetic"?
The lunatic is in my head (Hahahahahahaha! Hehehehehehehe!)
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade
You make the change
You rearrange me till I'm sane
You lock the door
And throw away the key
And there's someone in my head, but it's not me
37. What was the band`s last studio album? And year?
38. What year did Roger Waters leave the band?
39. Which member of the Beatles contributed to "The Dark Side of the Moon" and was deleted?
40. When and what special concert did the four orginal members of Pink Floyd play together for the last time?
41. What Pink Floyd songs are not sung by a member of the band and who sang it?
42. Put the right word in the lyrics in the song «Comfortably Numb»:
Is there anybody in there?
Just ………. if you can hear me
Is there anyone home?
How can I truly understand Pink Floyd`s music? It`s as mentioned like a "the dark side of the moon". Perhaps I should try harder to read between the lines? I think it isn`t meant that listeners should understand everything. At least trying to understand little bit more I suggest that you get more insight in the background to the members in the band. Unless you ask the members, you will never know for sure what they intended. Even though you don't understand all it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy it. Wheather I understand Pink Floyd or not, I really love them.
Stein Morten Lund
2nd April 2023
- Travel adventurer and rock`n roller
The psychedelic sounds of The Dark Side of the Moon definitely had influences on counterculture at the time. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame credits Pink Floyd with carving out new spaces in the industry: “Pink Floyd were the architects of two major music movements – psychedelic space-rock and blues-based progressive rock – and became known for their biting political, social and emotional commentary”; a great balance of new sounds – mainly developed through live performances during their 16-date UK tour – and hard topics that weren’t explored much in their time.