Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 Introduction
It turns out that the band's producer, who was scheming for a marketable single, played a large role in the making of "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2." While the band ended up approving the song, it took it a while to come around.
Lo and behold, "Another Brick in the Wall" became the band's only #1 hit, and it remains one of their most recognizable songs. On top of that, it may be their most important. Most Pink Floyd fans would disagree with you there, citing one of a dozen other more complex and esoteric pieces as better art. But while it may not be on top of the "true fan's" playlist, "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" did play its way into history – specifically, into the resistance to education as "thought control" in apartheid-era South Africa.
How did a song that started out as a mere 1-minute transition between two other ones end up doing that? Read on to find out.
About the Song
|Artist||Pink Floyd||Musician(s)||Roger Waters (bass guitar, back-up vocals), David Gilmour (lead vocals, guitar), Nick Mason (drums), Richard Wright (Hammond organ), Islington Green School student choir (vocals)|
|Label||Harvest (U.K.), Columbia (U.S.)|
|Producer(s)||Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie and Roger Waters|
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On the Charts"Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song hit #1 in the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Sweden, and Denmark.
This track is #375 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.