IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE?
(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