I'd always wanted to see Floyd live and finally managed to catch them doing this, first and second time round. Great concerts, but I must admit to some doubts about this album right from the off. What's it about? We don't need no education! Oh, it's ironic say the defenders. And some teachers are awful. Who knew? Modern life is hard? For some maybe, but not Roger Waters and millionaires like him. Any troubles they have are largely self-imposed, like when his friends go overboard on drugs and mess themselves up. You or I might end up in prison, not them. But I digress.
What is this album all about? A musician getting drugged and self-obsessed causing a fascist riot because of "feelings of an almost human nature" seems to be the main theme, with lots of blame on the usual suspects, especially mother. So we have misogyny, thanks Rog. In fact this looks like a thinly veiled defence of Eric Clapton's racist rant (http://youtu.be/Dg9IZyx_-Os) so we have racism, thanks Rog.
Given Waters used Clapton a lot on subsequent albums I'd say this thesis stands up pretty well. Waters' influence on Floyd represents their descent into drivel in my opinion, and this album is where it started. There are good bits, especially Comfortably Numb, but mostly it leaves a bad taste.