Pink Floyd producer tried to make them go hip-hop

From The Guardian:

Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd performing on stage

If Pink Floyd‘s producer had been granted his wish, their 1987 comeback album would have been packed full of rap. David Gilmour was apparently the only thing standing between Bob Ezrin and a hip-hop version of A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

Ezrin first worked with Pink Floyd on The Wall, co-producing the record with Gilmour, Roger Waters and James Guthrie. Eight years later, after Waters left the band, Gilmour asked Ezrin to produce their comeback. Not only was he keen: he hoped to integrate his newfound love of hip-hop.

“I became fascinated with [rap] in the Afrika Bambaataa days,” Ezrin told Spinner. “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.'”

Gilmour appreciated Ezrin’s tastes and talent: the producer was co-writing two of the LP’s songs. But the bandleader was not, it seems, a rap-rock pioneer. “He said, ‘Oh my God, that would be terrible,'” Ezrin recalled. “He couldn’t believe it. He hated the idea.”

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