The Pink Floyd Song David Gilmour Copied Roger Waters For, According To The Fans

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Throughout its history, Pink Floyd struggled with the inner frictions between the band members. It wasn’t rare to witness a successful band torn apart due to creative differences or personal conflicts. However, it was rare that the band members to hold an intense grudge toward one another. Roger Waters was an essential figure for the band with his creative and progressive guitar riffs, and the tunes he created helped Pink Floyd shape its direction, lyrics, and performances.

Waters was aware of his role within the band and the musical direction he had brought to Pink Floyd. Perhaps most of the disputes he had with his fellow band members, especially David Gilmour, resulted from this awareness. For Waters, Pink Floyd needed his lead. So, when he departed from the band in 1985, one may speculate that the bassist knew the critically acclaimed band wouldn’t be the same without him. According to some fans, this seemed to be the case as the bassist’s influence still affected the band’s post-Waters projects.

Which Pink Floyd Song Has Roger Waters’ Influence?

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After Waters’ departure, Pink Floyd released their thirteenth studio album, ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason,’ on September 8, 1987. It was the first studio album without the bassist, and the fans were curious about how this fact affected the album. It wasn’t the first time a Pink Floyd member had left the band. Before this, Syd Barrett had left the band in 1968.

Since Barrett was the band’s mastermind in its early period, his departure greatly affected the band’s creativity. However, Pink Floyd produced significant commercial successes, even without him. So, the fans wondered if Waters was the lead of the creative direction or if Gilmour and his bandmates could manage to produce yet another critically acclaimed record.

The album initially received mixed reactions from the fans. Some of them even went on to call out Gilmour for copying Waters. There was one song the fans pointed out as a Waters replica. It was ‘The Dogs of War.’ The single had political commentary, and many complimented it as the classic Pink Floyd sound. For fans, Waters’ previous work with the band influenced this song.

Two years after its initial release, fans voted the song the worst Pink Floyd song of all time in a survey by the magazine The Amazing Pudding. For some fans, Gilmour had unsuccessfully tried to copy Waters, and the attempt failed. Even with the critique, the song has been featured in countless performances and found its place in their live performances.