Stunning news at Spinner this week: producer Bob Ezrin suggested incorporating rap – yes, rap – on Pink Floyd’s 1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason album.
Aerosmith had, of course, teamed up with Run-DMC the previous year and had tremendous commercial success with ‘Walk This Way’, buoyed by a video considered to be one of the all-time best and not surprisingly keenly embraced by MTV. Let’s be honest, it probably resurrected Aerosmith’s career.
The most controversial rap-rock collaboration I can think of, in as much as it horrified classic rock fans, was between Puff Daddy, as he was then known, and Jimmy Page in 1998. ‘Come With Me’ was a Top Five hit in the UK and US.
Do you rate the rap-rock genre? Plenty of rock bands have dabbled with rap; from my own music collection I note The Blue Van and Red Hot Chili Peppers have given it a go. The tracks with more than a few moments of rapping do tend to be the ones I’ve removed from my MP3 player, though, so I can’t tell you much about them.
Seems a good excuse to give A Momentary Lapse of Reason another listen and ponder the whats, whys and wherefores. Or just to be extremely thankful that David dismissed the idea point-blank. Could you imagine it? I have to admit, I can’t and don’t really wish to try. I’d love to know what you think, though.
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