Pink Floyd

Money

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Along with "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. II," "Money" gave Pink Floyd a Top 40 hit, peaking at number 13 and remaining within the Top 40 for nine consecutive weeks. The irony is unavoidable, as a song that dismisses the glorification of wealth and preaches about the evils of unnecessary consumption catapults the band who is singing it into commercial fame. Pink Floyd surely wasn't aiming for a chart hit, but the elements of "Money"contained a head-bobbing rhythm and a friendly yet unusual time signature that reeled in the public and those who weren't yet part of the Floyd fan base. Dark Side of the Moon was the album that released them from their progressive roots and their psychedelic mainstays, and "Money" was the song that fueled it. The novelty of ripping bills, cash register bells, and bags of coins can be heard looped into the opening of the song, followed by an enthusiastic Gilmour coming in to sing lead. The song was a kind of message from Waters, stating that his socialist opinions were not going to be doused by the entrance into commercial stardom. Some of Waters' best bass playing can be heard throughout "Money," and the sax solo from Dick Parry ignites the middle of the song alongside some expressively vehement drumming by Nick Mason. "Money"'s genial radio sound still harbored all that was Pink Floyd, especially the blunt and straightforward lyrical makeup, only this time the song's length, lack of wandering instrumental interludes, and cordial tempo widened their audience and opened up new and prosperous avenues that would change the band from this point on.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Dark Side of the Moon 1973 Capitol 6:23
Discovery 2011 Capitol / EMI / EMI Music Distribution 6:23
No Image Parlophone