IS THERE ANY­BODY OUT THERE?

Mojo (UK) - - The 50 Greatest Pink Floyd Songs -

(from The Wall, 1979)

Ex­is­ten­tial angst and Amer­i­can TV. Floyd’s use of found sounds peaked on The Wall. Here, the al­bum’s cen­tral char­ac­ter Pink sinks to a spir­i­tual low while his ho­tel-room TV plays an episode of the 1960s west­ern Gun­smoke and the US com­edy Gomer Pyle, USMC. These dis­tant voices punc­tu­ate Wa­ters recit­ing the song’s ti­tle, and mak­ing it sound less like a ques­tion, more like a threat. The beau­ti­ful clas­si­cal gui­tar in­ter­lude (played by ses­sion man Joe DiBlasi, as Gil­mour thought his ver­sion wasn’t up to snuff) makes for a won­der­ful, star­tling con­trast. MB

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