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23rd Feb '17 6:10:04 PM DavidDelony
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* VocalTagTeam: "Run Like Hell" is performed live with two vocalists. In the original Pink Floyd shows, the alternating lines were song by David Gilmour and Roger Waters. Subsequent live performances with the Waters-less Floyd had Gilmour singing with touring bassist Guy Pratt as well as bassit Mickey Feat on his 1984 tour supporting his solo ''About Face'' album. Roger Waters, for his part, also trades lines with another vocalist in live solo versions.

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* VocalTagTeam: "Run Like Hell" is performed live with two vocalists. In the original Pink Floyd shows, the alternating lines were song by David Gilmour and Roger Waters. Subsequent live performances with the Waters-less Floyd had Gilmour singing with touring bassist Guy Pratt as well as bassit bassist Mickey Feat on his 1984 tour supporting his solo ''About Face'' album. Roger Waters, for his part, also trades lines with another vocalist in live solo versions.
23rd Feb '17 3:08:59 PM Xtifr
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''The Wall'' is the eleventh studio album by Music/PinkFloyd, released in 1979. It is their last album to feature Richard Wright, who was fired during the making of this album. He was to return officially by ''Music/TheDivisionBell''. The theme of this album is similar to the one found in the band's earlier work ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' as it involved descent into insanity.

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''The Wall'' is the eleventh studio album by Music/PinkFloyd, released in 1979. It is their last studio album to feature Richard Wright, who was fired during the making of this album. He was to return officially by ''Music/TheDivisionBell''. The theme of this album is similar to the one found in the band's earlier work ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' as it involved descent into insanity.
22nd Feb '17 5:02:31 PM DavidDelony
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* VocalTagTeam: "Run Like Hell" is performed live with two vocalists. In the original Pink Floyd shows, the alternating lines were song by David Gilmour and Roger Waters. Subsequent live performances with the Waters-less Floyd had Gilmour singing with touring bassist Guy Pratt as well as bassit Mickey Feat on his 1984 tour supporting his solo ''About Face'' album. Roger Waters, for his part, also trades lines with another vocalist in live solo versions.
2nd Feb '17 7:17:18 PM Eon-the-Dragon
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** A list of the [[SanitySlippageSong Sanity Slippage Songs]] in order: "Empty Spaces" (kinda), One Of My Turns, Another Brick In The Wall (Part 3), In the Flesh, and The Trial.
2nd Feb '17 12:44:59 PM TimeLordVictorious
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* WorldOfHam: "The Trial". Waters plays five different characters, each one hammier than the last.
** Taken UpToEleven in the ''Live In Berlin'' version. In this version, each character is played by a different actor, but no less hammier. Standouts include ''Creator/TimCurry'' as The Prosecutor, Ute Lemper as The Wife, and ''Creator/AlbertFinney'' as The Judge.
1st Feb '17 2:00:51 PM DoomEngine
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* AngerMontage: "One Of My Turns", where the protagonist grows older and by the end of the lyrics he has asked his companion for "his favourite axe" and wonders why she is "running away"?
24th Jan '17 6:53:53 PM bowserbros
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The album was later adapted into a 1982 feature film entitled ''Pink Floyd The Wall'', directed by Alan Parker and featuring Bob Geldof as Pink. It set the music and story of Pink to horrific scenes that shifted from live-action to the aforementioned animation by Scarfe. Most memorable were the animated scenes of [[ItMakesSenseInContext marching hammers]] and nightmarish blitz-era London, as well as the film's stunning climax. Scarfe drew upon his bedridden childhood to come up with the grotesque imagery featured prominently in the concerts and film.

The album and movie share the same story. The first half of the movie and album introduce us to Pink and his insanely craptastic childhood. Events and circumstances in his childhood life--an overbearing/overprotective mum, a father who died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and authoritarian teachers--cause him to shun human interaction because he's afraid he'll be hurt, every incident that causes him pain serving as just another brick in the "wall" that he is constructing between himself and the outside world. As an adult, Pink becomes a super-famous rock star and "fills the empty spaces" of his wall with the typical vices of the rich and famous: SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll.

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The album was later adapted into a 1982 feature film entitled ''Pink Floyd - The Wall'', directed by Alan Parker and featuring Irish musician Bob Geldof as Pink. It set the music and story of Pink to horrific scenes that shifted from live-action to the aforementioned animation by Scarfe. Most memorable were the animated scenes of [[ItMakesSenseInContext marching hammers]] and nightmarish blitz-era London, as well as the film's stunning climax. Scarfe drew upon his bedridden childhood to come up with the grotesque imagery featured prominently in the concerts and film.

The album and movie share the same story. story, albeit with a few minor differences. The first half of the movie and album introduce us to Pink and [[StartOfDarkness his insanely craptastic childhood.crap-tastic childhood]]. Events and circumstances in his childhood life--an overbearing/overprotective mum, a father who died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and authoritarian teachers--cause him to shun human interaction because he's afraid he'll be hurt, every incident that causes him pain serving as just another brick in the "wall" that he is constructing between himself and the outside world. As an adult, Pink becomes a super-famous rock star and "fills fills the empty "empty spaces" of his wall with the typical vices of the rich and famous: SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll.



After Pink finds out that his wife cheated on him, he trashes his hotel room and scares away a groupie before he finally [[HeroicBSOD snaps]] and completes his wall, shutting himself out entirely, and the album and movie take us inside the mind of Pink for the second half. After being revived from a drug coma and forcefully shot up with even ''more'' drugs by his managers to get him on-stage, he imagines that he has become the very same force that started his wall--Fascists (okay, "hammer army")--and begins to order the audience to hate on various minority groups. Eventually, he retreats further into his mind during a moment of brief clarity, and puts himself on trial with a giant arse as judge and warped visions of his childhood fears as jury, and forces himself to tear down his wall as a result.

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After Pink finds out that his wife cheated on him, he trashes his hotel room and scares away a groupie before he finally [[HeroicBSOD snaps]] and completes his wall, shutting himself out entirely, and the album and movie take us inside the mind of Pink for the second half. After being revived from a drug coma and forcefully shot up with even ''more'' drugs by his managers to get him on-stage, he imagines that he has become the very same force that started his wall--Fascists (okay, "hammer army")--and begins to order the audience to hate on various minority groups. Eventually, he retreats further into his mind during a moment of brief clarity, and clarity. Wondering if he's "been guilty all along," Pink puts himself on trial with a literal giant arse as judge and warped visions of his childhood fears as jury, and forces himself to tear down his wall as a result.



# "Empty Spaces" (2:10) [[note]]Originally planned to include "What Shall We Do Now?", but was cut out at the last minute. It ended up appearing in the film and live album, though[[/note]]

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# "Empty Spaces" (2:10) [[note]]Originally planned to include "What Shall We Do Now?", but was cut out at the last minute. minute due to the space restraints of the LP format. It ended up appearing in the film and live album, though[[/note]]though, replacing "Empty Spaces".[[/note]]



* AluminumChristmasTrees: If the idea of a rock star turning a concert into a neo-fascist rally sounds ridiculous, remember that Music/EricClapton delivered a racist rant on-stage a few years before the album was released. In another parallel with Pink, he was very drunk at the time. Music/DavidBowie had also toyed with fascist imagery in the ''Music/StationToStation'' era with his "Thin White Duke" persona.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: If the idea of a rock star turning a concert into a neo-fascist rally sounds ridiculous, remember that Music/EricClapton delivered a racist rant on-stage a few years before the album was released. In another parallel with Pink, he was very drunk at the time. Music/DavidBowie had also toyed with fascist imagery in the ''Music/StationToStation'' era with his "Thin White Duke" persona.persona, and once infamously advocated the idea of a Fascist Britain during an in-character interview.



** Pink's wife is often associated with predatory insects, especially ones that eat their mates when they're done mating with them.
** The "Goodbye Blue Sky" animation features a predatory hawk morphing into a bomber plane.

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** Pink's wife is often associated with predatory insects, especially ones that eat their mates when they're done mating with them.
them (i.e. mantises and scorpions).
** The "Goodbye Blue Sky" animation features a dove morphing into a predatory hawk eagle (specifically the kind prevalent in some Nazi iconography) morphing into a bomber plane.



-->'''Roger Waters:''' Are there any paranoids in the audience tonight? Is there anybody who worries about things? [[TakeThatAudience Pathetic!]] This is for all the WEAK people in the audience! Is there anyone here who's WEAK? (Audience cheers) This is for you, it's call 'Run Like Hell'! [[AudienceParticipationSong Let's all have a CLAP! COME ON, I CAN'T HEAR YOU!]] [[AxCrazy PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER! HAVE A GOOD TIME! ENJOY YOURSELVES!!! THAT'S BETTER!]] [[CarefulWithThatAxe AAAAAARGH!]]

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-->'''Roger Waters:''' Are there any paranoids in the audience tonight? Is there anybody who worries about things? [[TakeThatAudience Pathetic!]] This is for all the WEAK people in the audience! Is there anyone here who's WEAK? (Audience cheers) This is for you, it's call called 'Run Like Hell'! Hell'![[note]]Sometimes Waters would introduce the song under the title [[PrecisionFStrike 'Run like Fuck']][[/note]] [[AudienceParticipationSong Let's all have a CLAP! COME ON, I CAN'T HEAR YOU!]] [[AxCrazy PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER! HAVE A GOOD TIME! ENJOY YOURSELVES!!! THAT'S BETTER!]] [[CarefulWithThatAxe AAAAAARGH!]]



* AuthorAvatar[=/=]CompositeCharacter: Pink is based on Music/RogerWaters, with a bit of Music/SydBarrett. There's also a good amount of illustrator/animator Gerald Scarfe in there, too, particularly on "Another Brick," "Goodbye Blue Sky," and "Comfortably Numb."

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* AuthorAvatar[=/=]CompositeCharacter: Pink is based on Music/RogerWaters, with a bit of Music/SydBarrett. There's also a good amount of illustrator/animator Gerald Scarfe in there, too, particularly on "Another Brick," Brick in the Wall," "Goodbye Blue Sky," and "Comfortably Numb."



* BittersweetEnding: Pink gets rid of the mental wall he put up that was utterly destroying him after he puts himself on trial, but that doesn't change what happened for the rest of the album. He's still suffering from issues about his past, his wife left him, he destroyed a hotel room, and [[UnreliableNarrator (if we take his word at face value)]] he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero started a neo-Nazi revolution in Britain]]. It doesn't help that "Outside The Wall" doesn't explain what happened to Pink after the wall came down.

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* BittersweetEnding: Pink gets rid of the mental wall he put up that was utterly destroying him after he puts himself on trial, but that doesn't change what happened for the rest of the album. He's still suffering from issues about his past, his wife left him, he destroyed a hotel room, and [[UnreliableNarrator (if we take his word at face value)]] he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero started a neo-Nazi Neo-Nazi revolution in Britain]]. It doesn't help that "Outside The Wall" doesn't explain what happened to Pink after the wall came down.



* DramaticIrony: Pink sings "I have seen the writing on the wall", in "Another Brick In The Wall, Part III", right before breaking off all contact with the world. A huge AnalogyBackfire ensues since it doesn't occur to him that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writing_on_the_wall the writing on the wall]] involved the imminent destruction of the Babylonian kingdom and death of its king, who was defenceless against the onslaught. The analysis summarises the irony as Pink attempting to make himself look like the prophet Daniel, but instead casting himself as the doomed Belshazzar. Furthermore, his complete isolation actually leaves him defenceless against the worms and later transformation into Fascist Pink, more or less hastening the wall's destruction.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Neo-Nazis take Pink's transformation seriously and not as satire. Didn't help ''actual'' skinheads were used for the film.

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* DramaticIrony: Pink sings "I have seen the writing on the wall", in "Another Brick In The Wall, Part III", right before breaking off all contact with the world. A huge AnalogyBackfire ensues since it doesn't occur to him that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writing_on_the_wall the writing on the wall]] involved the imminent destruction of the Babylonian kingdom and death of its king, who was defenceless against the onslaught. The analysis summarises the irony as Pink attempting to make himself look like the prophet Daniel, but instead casting himself as the doomed Belshazzar. Furthermore, his complete isolation actually leaves him defenceless defenseless against the worms and later transformation into Fascist Pink, more or less hastening the wall's destruction.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Neo-Nazis take Pink's transformation seriously and not as satire. Didn't help that ''actual'' skinheads were used for the film.



* EarlyBirdCameo: At the beginning of "Stop" in the film, Pink mutters the words "Do you remember me? How we used to be?" to himself. These are lines from "Your Possible Pasts", one of the songs on Pink Floyd's subsequent album, ''Music/TheFinalCut''. He also recites lines which would later appear in "5:11AM (The Moment Of Clarity)" from Waters' solo album ''The Pros And Cons Of Hitch-Hiking''.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: At the beginning of "Stop" in the film, Pink mutters the words "Do you remember me? How we used to be?" to himself. These are lines from "Your Possible Pasts", one of the songs on Pink Floyd's subsequent album, ''Music/TheFinalCut''. He also recites lines which would later appear in "5:11AM "5:11 AM (The Moment Of Clarity)" from Waters' solo album ''The Pros And Cons Of Hitch-Hiking''.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In the movie, the teacher ridicules young Pink's lyrics to "Money", one of Music/PinkFloyd's {{signature song}}s, as "absolute rubbish".

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In the movie, the teacher ridicules young Pink's lyrics to "Money", one of Music/PinkFloyd's {{signature song}}s, as "absolute rubbish". A bit of RealitySubtext can be found here, as "Money" was one of Pink Floyd's most requested songs at concerts, to the point where it became one of the band's biggest points of contention with their fans.



** The life masks of each band member (shown in the album cover above) were used by the appropriate members of the touring group (e.g. guitarist Snowy White when subbing for David Gilmour) while on stage, up to the point that during during the very first song, and at other certain points of the performance, none of the actual Floyd members are on stage. ''The Wall'' was born partly from Waters' ArtistDisillusionment and the realization that nobody actually knew or cared who the band members were, just that there was some spectacle on stage.

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** The life masks of each band member (shown in the album cover above) were used by the appropriate members of the touring group (e.g. guitarist Snowy White when subbing for David Gilmour) while on stage, up to the point that during during the very first song, and at other certain points of the performance, none of the actual Floyd members are on stage. ''The Wall'' was born partly from Waters' Waters's ArtistDisillusionment and the realization that nobody actually knew or cared who the band members were, just that there was some spectacle on stage. stage.



* ProductPlacement: Outside the concert at the beginning, there is a "Feeling [=7UP=]" soda billboard featuring [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Philadelphia Phillies baseball]] great Mike Schmidt.
** The fact he's grinning down at fans having the crap beaten out of them by cops makes it one that [=7UP=] probably didn't want in the film.

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* ProductPlacement: Outside the concert at the beginning, there is a "Feeling [=7UP=]" soda billboard featuring [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Philadelphia Phillies baseball]] great Mike Schmidt.
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Schmidt. The fact he's grinning down at fans having the crap beaten out of them by cops makes it one that [=7UP=] probably didn't want in the film. Knowing Roger Waters, that was probably the point.



** Inverted: The fictitious Hammer Skins of the film inspired a real-life skinhead group.
*** Not-so-Inverted: Those Hammer Skins in the film were ''real skinheads''.
** Waters [[http://www.angelfire.com/ok2/wall/interview.html said]] that "Comfortably Numb" was inspired by when he was suffering from hepatitis before a Philadelphia show on the ''In the Flesh'' tour, but was misdiagnosed by a doctor as having stomach cramps and injected with powerful tranquillisers, describing the experience of "trying to do a show when you can hardly lift your arm" as "the longest two hours of my life".

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** Inverted: The fictitious Hammer Skins Hammerskins of the film inspired a real-life skinhead group.
*** Not-so-Inverted: Those Hammer Skins Hammerskins in the film were ''real skinheads''.
** Waters [[http://www.angelfire.com/ok2/wall/interview.html said]] that "Comfortably Numb" was inspired by when he was suffering from hepatitis before a Philadelphia show on the ''In the Flesh'' tour, but was misdiagnosed by a doctor as having stomach cramps and injected with powerful tranquillisers, tranquilisers, describing the experience of "trying to do a show when you can hardly lift your arm" as "the longest two hours of my life".



* TheShowMustGoOn: "The Show Must Go On" obviously. To be more specific, Pink's trip through his past is interrupted by drugs injected at the request of his stage manager and driven to the concert, while wondering where the feeling has gone and whether he would remember the songs.

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* TheShowMustGoOn: "The Show Must Go On" obviously.There's an actual song on the album with this exact title. To be more specific, Pink's trip through his past is interrupted by drugs injected at the request of his stage manager and driven to the concert, while wondering where the feeling has gone and whether he would remember the songs.
3rd Dec '16 10:19:32 PM bowserbros
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''The Wall'' was heavily inspired by the RealLife trials of bassist and then-leader Music/RogerWaters, who came up with the idea for the album after the last concert in Montreal during the 1977 ''In The Flesh'' tour in support of the band's album ''Music/{{Animals}}''. During the concert he spat in the face of an unruly fan who was climbing the fence between the crowd and the band. The fan was overjoyed to be spat on. This event caused Waters to realise that he was starting to distance himself from others and that this "wall" was turning him into a cold and destructive person.

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''The Wall'' was heavily inspired by the RealLife trials and tribulations of bassist and then-leader Music/RogerWaters, who came up with the idea for the album after the last concert in Montreal during the 1977 ''In The Flesh'' tour in support of the band's album ''Music/{{Animals}}''. During the concert he spat in the face of an unruly fan who was climbing the fence between the crowd and the band. The fan was overjoyed to be spat on. This event caused Waters to realise that he was starting to distance himself from others and that this "wall" was turning him into a cold and destructive person.
person, and he jokingly suggested that the band build a wall between themselves and the fans.



# "Hey You" (4:40)

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# "Hey You" (4:40)(4:40) [[note]]A scene for this song was filmed for ''Pink Floyd -- The Wall'', but it was cut out both to conserve running time and because it was thought to be too repetitive (as 80% of its footage already appeared during montage sequences elsewhere in the film)[[/note]]



# "The Show Must Go On" (1:36)

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# "The Show Must Go On" (1:36)(1:36) [[note]]Excluded from ''Pink Floyd -- The Wall''[[/note]]
3rd Dec '16 10:26:00 AM Eon-the-Dragon
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* BittersweetEnding: Pink gets rid of the mental wall he put up that was utterly destroying him after he puts himself on trial, but that doesn't change what happened for the rest of the album. He's still suffering from issues about his past, his wife left him, he destroyed a hotel room, and [[UnreliableNarrator (if we take his word at face value)]] he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero started a neo-Nazi revolution in Britain]]. It doesn't help that "Outside The Wall" doesn't explain what happened to Pink after the wall came down.
29th Sep '16 5:19:08 PM igordebraga
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* TheInvisibleBand: The original tour had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxBcdyTsAe0 the backup musicians dressed as Pink Floyd]] (including the masks seen on the ''Is There Anybody Out There?'' cover) during both parts of ''The Wall''.



* MovieBonusSong: "When The Tigers Broke Free" Parts I and II.

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* MovieBonusSong: "When The Tigers Broke Free" Parts I and II. The concerts also had instrumental jam "The Last Few Bricks" as the band waited the stage crew to finish the stage wall.
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