BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #484: ‘ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL [PART 2]’ – PINK FLOYD – MARCH 22, 1980

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Billboard #1 Hits: #484: ‘Another Brick In The Wall [Part 2]’ – Pink Floyd. March 22, 1980. #1 for 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘Another Brick In The Wall [Part 2]’- Pink Floyd.
  • Record Company- Columbia
  • Genre: Progressive Rock
  • Written by Roger Waters
  • Time: 3:59
  • B-side:’One Of My Turns’
  • Album- The Wall
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Austria, Canada,Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland.

There were three parts to “Another Brick In The Wall” on Pink Floyd’s double album The Wall- it was Part 2 which was the hit. I had forgotten what a big hit this was- which was kind of odd for Pink Floyd- a big selling album band to have such a big hit single.

From Songfacts-

Roger Waters wrote this song about his views on formal education, which were framed during his time at the Cambridgeshire School for Boys. He hated his grammar school teachers and felt they were more interested in keeping the kids quiet than teaching them. The wall refers to the emotional barrier Waters built around himself because he wasn’t in touch with reality. The bricks in the wall were the events in his life which propelled him to build this proverbial wall around him, and his school teacher was another brick in the wall.

Waters told Mojo, December 2009, that the song is meant to be satirical. He explained: “You couldn’t find anybody in the world more pro-education than me. But the education I went through in boys’ grammar school in the ’50s was very controlling and demanded rebellion. The teachers were weak and therefore easy targets. The song is meant to be a rebellion against errant government, against people who have power over you, who are wrong. Then it absolutely demanded that you rebel against that.”

4 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #484: ‘ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL [PART 2]’ – PINK FLOYD – MARCH 22, 1980

  1. It’s funny how this was the hook that got me and most of the world into this epic rock opera of an album, and now its overplay has moved me closer to its non-hits. Overall, it is an album to play from A to Z (if you have the time). For me, it was a must while building LEGO in middle school. Once we got to “The Trial” at the end, we knew it was close to time to cleaning up the pieces 😦

  2. This song was kind of played to death on the radio in Germany. But I suppose it did the trick and made me buy the double LP at the time.

    I still recall my guitar teacher seemed to be impressed a 13-old would listen to a lyrically complex album like “The Wall.” The truth is I was paying more attention to the music than the words. Though I can’t deny the line “Hey teachers, leave us kids alone” did have a certain appeal, especially when it came to certain teachers who sucked or subjects I hated!

    From today’s perspective, the tune doesn’t hold up that well to me. There are other tracks on the album I much prefer like “Comfortably Numb” and “Hey You”.

    Overall, “The Wall” is not among my top five Floyd albums nowadays.

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