Song of the Day, April 13: Money by Pink Floyd

FloydMOneyToday’s song was a very unusual chart single. After losing founder Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd built a solid reputation — and a decent UK chart presence — as a powerful instrumental unit with some interesting lyrical observations. Their breakthrough masterpiece, The Dark Side of the Moon, brought all that together in a powerful dissection of the madness of modern life.

A highlight of the disc is the greed-bashing epic Money. The track opens with an eccentric rhythm section. Inspired by engineer Alan Parsons’ tape library (heard prominently on other tracks, notably Time), Roger Waters assembled an array of monetary sounds — cash registers, coins clinking, tearing paper — that provide just the right tone. The song is in 7/4 time, also an unusual choice, switching to 4/4 for an unusually restrained “dry” guitar solo section. With its chugging bass line, the whole package is mesmerizing, a smart band at their creative apex.

The song and album finally broke the group in the US as well. Dark Side became their first #1 LP in the States, and Money made it to #13, a strong showing for a strange, dark song.

Enjoy this classic track today.

ADDED BONUS: Pink Floyd were early adopters of promotional videos, and recorded this well-crafted clip for the single-length version of the song.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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