Each and every Sunday night when the clock hits eight, The Strombo Show celebrates the spirit of radio over on CBC Radio 2. It's music for music lovers by music lovers. To kick off the program, we always tip our hats to the legends, the noisemakers and the groundbreakers in a segment that we call: Nod to the Gods.
This week, George has been revisiting the Pink Floyd catalogue and chose to share 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part Two)' from 'The Wall'.
Since its release in 1979, it has become an anarchistic hymn used by adolescents and adults to protest educational oppression. It's widely understood, though, that Waters didn't intend for the double negative chant to be about complete revolution. It's more of an anthem about reclaiming one's individuality. The film of 'The Wall' uses the song to soundtrack an imaginative child being ridiculed for writing poetry.
'Another Brick In The Wall (Part Two)' originally clocked in around one minute. Producer Bob Ezrin felt that it should be longer. The band refused.
Ezrin went ahead with his idea for the school choir, having pulled a similar trick on Alice Cooper's 'School's Out', gathering 24 kids from a local school close to the Floyd Britannia Row Studios in England. He recorded their cockney harmonies as a second verse, edited a few drum fills, copied the chorus and presented it to Roger Waters. He liked it. And the song quickly became Pink Floyd's only number one single, reaching gold certifications in a few countries.
'The Wall' received a backlash of criticism, including a South African ban in 1980 after this song was adopted by supporters of a nationwide school boycott that protested racial inequalities in education under the apartheid regime. And on July 21, 1990, Waters staged a production of 'The Wall' in Berlin to celebrate the destruction of The Berlin Wall.
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Check out a clip from the cinematic adaptation of 'The Wall' that features the song, along with 'Happiest Days of Our Lives', below. Pink continues to speak out against the cruel teachers of his childhood whom he blames for contributing more bricks to his wall of mental detachment: