Tommy from The Who's eponymous rock opera is an alternate version of PinkIn Tommy's version of events, the father survived the war in a POW camp and returned, only to engage his wife's new husband in a fight to the death, which traumatized Tommy and made him enter into a near-catatonic state. When cured of this state, he briefly becomes a quasi-religious figure, protected by guards that assault Sally Simpson when she tries to get up on stage with him. In Pink's version of the events, the father died, and Pink's many negative experiences led him to build a "wall" around himself to keep others out. As he descends deeper into psychosis, he imagines himself as a fascistic dictator. This sequence grew out of Roger Waters' concern at having once spit at a disruptive fan at a concert, similar to the incident with Sally Simpson depicted in The Who's rock opera.
Pink got a Happy Ending.After the Wall was torn down, he quit show business, became a lawyer, reconciled with his wife, had two kids, wrote an autobiography that became a bestseller, retired at 65, moved to Florida, and passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 93, whereupon his soul went to heaven.
Pink does not run into the bathroom and hide during Stop. He actually has a seizure onstage.During the song In The Flesh, Pink yells abuse at his audience. He then falls into a seizure as a result of the drugs the doctor gave him in Comfortably Numb. What appears to be days roll by (Run Like Hell, Waiting For The Worms), when really, only a few minutes pass. Pink hears the door to the concert hall open vaguely, which is paramedics coming to help him. He then goes through The Trial, at which point the Wall collapses and Pink is set free. He returns to a psychiatrist later on, however, lamenting how he didn't kill himself (The eponymous track on The Final Cut).
Pink's real name is Floyd PinkertonConsidering his father's name was "J.A. Pinkerton," it seems reasonable that "Pink" became a childhood nickname that he later adopted in adulthood. Hence, his full name is Pink Floyd.
Pink is being tongue-in-cheek during the fascist rally sequenceBelieve it or not, this is possible, given the theme of the album (poor communication results in misunderstandings). Inspired by colleague Ziggy Stardust (that universe's version of David Bowie), Pink decides to try on a new persona and play a joke on the audience. Unfortunately, the audience isn't in on the joke, and so they take him seriously. And he takes them seriously in response to their taking him seriously. And on and on it goes until the joke is no longer funny.
Mrs. Floyd wasn't actually having an affairRemember, he's calling her from a long way away. He's also so far up his own ass that he is unable to learn the truth: the man who answered the phone could have merely been a friend of a friend, or even a distant relative (a cousin, or brother-in-law). All we learn from the unhelpful "connector" is "There's a man answering." All he says is, "Hello?" It's Pink who puts 2 and 2 together, and gets either 4 or 5, depending on your interpretation.
"Welcome to the Machine" from Wish You Were Here tells about how Pink got a record contract.Some of the lyrics seem to pertain to Pink's character. ("You bought a guitar to punish your ma" and "You didn't like school" are definitely true to it.) Plus, the sleazy executive might have been another "bad influence" that just got pushed aside for the final cut. Sure, Waters wrote "Welcome to the Machine" before The Wall, but the two seem to be connected.
The Wall is about the cycle of violence.the theme of both the movie and the album are about how violence leads to more violence in a vicious cycle, starting with relatively minor examples leading up to a huge one, some of the cycles are, the teacher being abused by his wife and thus taking it out on the kids, the mother taking out her fear and grief over her dead husband on her son, Pink being abusive towards his wife and his wife cheating on him as revenge which just hurts Pink even more and finally Pink's white supremacy stemming from his resentment of Jews over his father being killed in World War II.
Hitler built a Wall too.
Is There Anybody Out There?
In-universe, the album The Wall was made by Pink and his band as part of his recovery process.
Pink's Band wanted to do a Nazi MotiffThis is my reasoning. We go through the entire album, and there is no references to Nazism in it what so ever. Yes, there are references to the war, but none to Nazism or Fascism. Then all of a sudden, in basically the 3rd act, "BOOM! Nazis OMG!" But to me that came from no where! Pink didn't talk about Dictatorships or any belief in Racial Superiority. Before the 3rd act, he was basically in a deep depression, even hating the idea of war. So where did Nazism come from? Why, his Band, of course... The Band was tired of the same ol' shtick, the shtick that Pink loved and what made the band famous to begin with. Much like The Beatles, they decided to do something really creative, something no one had ever done before? And what had never been done before? Why, a Concept Album about the Nazis! Pink, starting to go into his depressive state, hates the idea, but he caves in to his band mates pressure due to his worsening state. Pink is fighting back as much as he can, even re-working one of the bands ideas ("In The Flesh") into a song more relevant to their past ("In The Flesh?"). The Band mates strike it down, insisting it stays the way it is, and that it's almost finished anyways. Then Pink learns his wife is cheating on him and he goes away... ... But while he's away, the band is able to book a very important gig, that will basically show off the album (The Album would probably release the night of the Concert). They expect it to be their Magnum Opus; so big, that it would rival Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. They hire people to be in the audience and play parts of their very important tour. But they realize Pink has been in seclusion for an unknown amount of time. They figure out where he is, and get a Doctor to clean him up and they prepare for the show. Pink, now in a terrible state of mind, basically does not (And I mean, Does NOT!) want to do this. He simply stands on the stage as the first song begins, looking at his band mates, basically looking at them, and thinking "I Don't wanna do this..." while they look back like "You have to! Now do it!" So, he reluctantly goes with it. If you listen to "In The Flesh" compared to "In The Flesh?", you would hear that Pink is singing "In The Flesh?" With some emotion, with some power behind his voice. Listening to "In The Flesh", he sounds depressed, like he's not even there, and that even when he's trying to emote and yell at the crowd, it sounds like he's not being serious. Also, "Waiting For The Worms To Come" Sounds unemotional, at least to me. As the show goes on, the crowd goes crazier, and the songs grow darker. In Pink's fragile state of mind, he starts confusing his life with his personas life. He can't differentiate between what he has done and what his Persona has. His mind starts breaking down; he starts thinking that the reason his life has gone to hell is because he has made everyone else's life a hell. It all comes to a breaking point as the crowd is chanting for Pink's Reich. Pink, Going insane, yells at the top of his lungs "STOP!" "Stop" isn't his mind finally snapping, it's him finally snapping; he tells the crowd he wants to go home, take off his uniform and leave the show (Another reason for this WMG), but that he needs to know if he's responsible for everything wrong in his life. He basically has a panic attack on stage and falls, being taken away to a Hospital, where his conscious scolds him ("The Trial"). He wakes up in a hospital bed, reflecting on his life ("Outside the Wall"). I guess what I'm trying to say is, Pink's band was Just another Brick in the Wall...
The Wall is Pink's version of InstrumentalityBoth works have a central theme of isolation, building the wall that keeps us apart. The Wall is simply Pink's version of Instrumentality, with the Trial obviously being at the center of the Third Impact, which is all about destroying the wall that keeps us separated.
Pink just needed some time away to figure things out.We all need this from time to time. One gets the feeling that Pink probably isn't used to this much introspection (again, he's a casualty of how our society has become), and that's why he's so frantic to get out at first. By the time he learns how to just go with the tide, the roadies interrupt him.
Pink is everything Pink Floyd isn'tHe's a pop star, a lead singer who doesn't write the songs he sings. He hit the big time at a young age, and threw himself into the dream with abandon. Because his teacher ridiculed his early attempts as "absolute rubbish," Pink never gained the confidence to write socially-conscious lyrics; anyway, being a lead singer is a safer bet for the record label. Now, many years later, something is badly, badly wrong. He can't "shake off this creeping malaise" that he could be so much more than he is. Sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll have zero effect on him.
The crowd wasn't actually cheering on the fascist concert.Pink was so drugged up that he thought they were, but in reality, everyone was horrified.