We made Nathan and Robert debate between two 'random' Pink Floyd albums

Vinyl Face Off 14/07/2019

We gave our Drive and Night show hosts, Robert Taylor and Nathan Muller, two 'random' Pink Floyd albums to debate.

With no access to the glorious internet or research materials, they had to spew all the facts they can remember to gain votes for their respective albums, 'Dark Side of the Moon' against 'The Wall'. 

Yeah, tough debate.

For those of you interested in the accurate story of 'Another Brick in the Wall' being banned in South Africa, read below.

South African government banned 'Another Brick in the Wall' in 1980

In 1980, South African school children were fed up with the inferior apartheid-era education system. Taken from the lyrics to the famous Pink Floyd song, 'Another Brice in the Wall (Part II)', they began chanting "We don't need no education".

The song stayed at the Number One spot for almost three months, seven weeks longer than it did in America before the South African government issued a ban on the song, sending international media outlets into a frenzy on 2nd May 1980.

"That apartheid government imposed a cultural blockade, so to speak, on certain songs – including mine," Pink Floyd's Roger Waters lamented in an interview with the Guardian.

Boycotts at black schools began at Cape Town's Hanover Park in February that year when Pink Floyd's song has just entered the South African charts. Within three months, the famous line became a rallying cry. The country's Directorate of Publications held all the power during the era to ban all forms of media, including music that was deemed "politically or morally undesirable" which led to the ban of 'Another Brick in the Wall'.

"People were really driven to frenzies of rage by it," Waters later said. "They thought that when I said, 'We don't need no education,' that it was a kind of crass, revolutionary standpoint – which, if you listen to it in context, it clearly isn't at all. On the other hand, it got some strange reactions from people that you wouldn't expect. The Archbishop of Canterbury went on record saying that if it's very popular with school kids, then it must in some way be expressing some feelings that they have themselves. If one doesn't like it, or however one feels about it, one should take the opportunity of using it as a starting point for discussion – which was exactly how I felt about it."