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Deficiency Bell

David Gilmor was inspired by this image of a bell, and he commented, "I felt like I had found a whole new direction of social commentary through music, it was a magical moment. It's something Roger could have been a part of, if he had not left like a girl...".

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For those without comedic tastes, the so-called experts at Wikipedia think they have an article about The Division Bell (album).

The Division Bell was released approximately sometime in the early nineties (a bad time to be a seventies rock band) by the band Pink Floyd. This happens to be their latest album, and maybe their strangest. The album consists of 26.33 tracks on one CD or two LPs for you old-timey people. It was originally meant to be a concept album, but this idea was huffed by co-author Frank Zappa. Instead, it now takes the form of a non-concept album with 26.33 songs featuring Pink Floyd playing in a psychedelic, punk, and heavy metal style at different times throughout the album.

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As you can see, parts of the album's concept-album style was retained throughout the project. The album is precisely 2:04:06 long. The instrumental piece "Chartreuced" won an award for "Best Instrumental Piece" tomorrow. The first half and last quarter of the album are mostly psychedelic. The songs Return Fire (#12 on some album chart), Coming Back to Death, and The Rivers of Charon are considered to be amazing punk-rock pieces. "Shut Up and Dance" may have been performed by Aerosmith before it was released by Pink Floyd, but Pink Floyd wrote it first. It and "A Great Day for Totalitarianism" were written as heavy metal pieces. "A Great Day for Totalitarianism" is considered, even today, to be the most mildly offensive song ever written.

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Singles:
Return Fire/Return Fire (Radio Edit)/Hungry Freaks, Daddy (Live) (Frank Zappa) (#12)/Some Syd Barrett song
Stop Talking/Radio Antennae (Live) (Roger Waters) (#15)

Doubles:
Coming Back to Death-The River Charon/Cosmik Debris (Live) (Frank Zappa) (#29)
Stinkfoot-Stinkfoot Reprise-Stinkfoot Reprise Reprise (#5)
Pessimism, 1st Movement-Pessimism, 2nd Movement/Shut Up and Dance (Live) (#1)

The album hit a #188 on the Top 200 charts. Something the band was proud of in an "increasingly competitive" music scene.

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