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Pink Floyd influences in The Dark Side of the Moon

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The influences in Pink Floyd´s The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) go from jazz of the middle XX century to psychedelic sixties rock. In this chart I have included some of their influences present in this particular masterpiece in their catalog, that shows the roots of Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, and also some of the artists that they inspired, even in 2020.

Who influenced Pink Floyd?

Some of Pink Floyd´s most notable influences come from progressive and experimental rock. About this, the band was friends with The Moodle Blues. Added to this is the fact that they developed a fondness for The Beatles more experimental releases, specially the Liverpool´s classic Abbey Road (1969). Another musician that had impact in Pink Floyd musical style was the best rock guitarrist that the world has seen: Jimi Hendrix, of who David Gilmour is a big admiror.

Let´s mention a little jazz: Nick Mason is a big Miles Davis fan. Also, some keyboard and piano passages that Nick Wright played are a clear reference to Kind of Blue, a 1959 jazz classic by Davis. The drums technique, the moods, the soundscapes featured in The Dark Side of the Moon owe a lot to jazz.

And just to mention a poetic and folk influence on Pink Floyd: Bob Dylan had a lot to do with Roger Water´s lyric style and writing process. His social and political approach was a reference in the band´s catalog, including The Dark Side of The Moon but also in their next releases.

Who were inspired by Pink Floyd?

The Dark Side of the Moon has it´s impact even in todays music. One important band to mention is the accesible soft rock and pop greats Coldplay. This influence can be specially heard in their first record, 2000`s Parachutes and their sophomore effort, 2002´s A Rush of Blood to the Head.

Radiohead are another band that obviously was heavily influenced by Pink Floyd´s The Dark Side of the Moon. And this inspiration actually can be heard since the band´s first record, Pablo Honey (1993) and until their last, A Moon Shaped Pool from 2016. As something to note, Radiohead had covered Pink Floyd´s classic Wish you were here, but that is from another record. You can check other Radiohead Influences in this other chart.

Tame Impala and Flaming Lips are two bands that have been inspired by The Dark Side of the Moon: their experimentation, their complex approach to rock and pop sounds and the use of not so common instrumentations and arrangements are part of that legacy. Any record from these band has a lot to do with Pink Floyd´s masterpiece.

And finally, let´s mention a little of metal music. Well, something like metal: Tool are also another band that is inspired by seventies classic rock, since their first LP Undertow (1993) and until their last record, Fear Inoculum (2019). Tool refuses to be labeled as a progressive heavy metal band but they like the fact that people compare their work to their idols, Pink Floyd: the climates, the textures and explorations in their sound and albums, mixed with aggressive guitar riffs.

Of course, we could mention a lot of other artists, but let´s take this as a short list of Pink Floyd´s The Dark Side of the Moon influence and impact in todays music.

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*This infographic was created in collaboration with blog Pop is Dead.