This is why Pink Floyd snubbed Paul McCartney’s contribution to ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’?
Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side Of The Moon was a seminal moment in music that would go on to influence countless other artists who, like most at the time of release, were taken aback by the record’s groundbreaking new sound.
The band had a pioneering attitude throughout the process of creating the record and, at one point, even asked Paul McCartney to be interviewed as part of an ambitious contribution. Pink Floyd, at the time of forming their psychedelic sonic creation, were planning to sample Macca on the record. However, despite Beatle founder obliging, they would leave his contribution off the record.
The collaboration came about after McCartney was openly a fan of Pink Floyd’s work and the thriving psychedelic scene which they had played a huge part in curating in London in the late 1960s. Floyd decided to carry out a series of interviews for their record from which they would famously use sporadically on the new material and, a moment’s contemplation, thought the former Beatle would be a perfect fit.
Macca, who at the time was working on his 1972 album with Wings, Red Rose Speedway, was present at Abbey Road during the same period that at the Pink Floyd were also busy working away on Dark Side Of The Moon—a convenient turn of events which made his inclusion a straightforward process. The band had a set of provocative questions that they hoped would evoke deep and thoughtful answers from their interviewees such as ‘When was the last time you were violent?’ or ‘Does death frighten you?’.
Some of the questions asked were less emotional, asking their contributions somewhat banal offerings such as their favourite foods and colours amongst other things. However, McCartney’s attitude towards the questions managed to piss off Roger Waters greatly.
Waters would later tell Pink Floyd biographer John Harris: “He was the only person who found it necessary to perform, which was useless, of course, I thought it was really interesting that he would do that. He was trying to be funny, which wasn’t what we wanted at all.”
McCartney would still go on to have a brief cameo on the record, however, even if it is perhaps so subtle that he himself may have not realised it upon first hearing the album. At the very end of the album’s epic closer ‘Eclipse’, you can just about make out a snippet from an orchestral version of The Beatles’ ‘Ticket to Ride’.
The Beatles classic was allegedly playing in the background at the studio while Abbey Road doorman Gerry O’Driscoll delivered the poetic line of: “There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it’s all dark. The only thing that makes it look light is the sun.”
The former Beatles man doesn’t seem to hold a grudge about Pink Floyd deciding his contribution didn’t have a place on the record and seems to agree it was probably the right decision as he labelled it the greatest concept album of all time on Fallon last year.