Pink Floyd nearly went hip-hop in 1987. This interesting piece of information comes from a 2013 article in the Guardian, which was recently rediscovered by members of Pink Floyd’s sub-Reddit.
Apparently David Gilmour enlisted producer Bob Ezrin to produce Pink Floyd’s 1987 comeback album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason. In turn, Ezrin encouraged Gilmour to incorporate elements of hip-hop.
“I became fascinated with [rap] in the Afrika Bambaataa days,” Ezrin recounted. “I’m an early adopter … [I] brought some in when we were doing A Momentary Lapse of Reason … going, ‘Boy, I think this stuff with a rock beat would be awesome.’”
Luckily, Gilmour rejected Ezrin’s idea as “terrible.” Still, the band did end up using several hip-hop techniques on the album, such as the use of sampling and drum machines. Even though it sounds like an awful idea you have to wonder what it would have actually sounded like? At least for die hard Pink Floyd fans you never have to find out.