Now I’m not a huge music fan, I haven’t been for many years. In the car, I listen to talk radio almost exclusively unless there’s an annoying host on when I might switch to a local music station. The two that I really bother with are both “classic rock” stations, by which they mean “music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s”. That’s fine, if there’s any music I really like, it comes from that time period.
Today, I was listening to one of those stations while trying to avoid Rush Limbaugh and they had Queensryche’s Silent Lucidity on. That is one of my favorite songs of all time. There are very few songs that can elicit a response from me consistently but that’s one of them. I can listen to it 10 times in a row and get an emotional jolt every single time. Even when it was released back in 1990, I recognized that it shared a lot in common with Pink Floyd songs from “The Wall” era. It’s never struck me as a copy, maybe not even as a direct homage, but I can easily imagine Roger Waters singing Silent Lucidity (and think that would be really f’ing awesome if he did). And of course, if I had to pick one song from Pink Floyd that’s my favorite, Comfortably Numb is it. Therefore, it’s a win-win situation for me.
However, when I got home, I hopped online to see if anyone else had made that connection. It seemed completely obvious to me, but obvious things sometimes go straight over other people’s heads. To my surprise, not only had other people recognized it, but lots of them were screaming that Queensryche had ripped off Pink Floyd. That strikes me as completely ridiculous but I wanted people to have a chance to weigh in.
Therefore, in one of the very few music-related posts you’re likely to see here, give a listen to the two songs and see for yourself. Did Chris DeGarmo of Queensryche rip off David Gilmour and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd when he wrote Silent Lucidity? Let me know what you think.
Silent Lucidity – Queensryche (1990)
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd (1980)