And it’s this record, imbued with near mythical status, that YouTube channel Polyphonic tackles in its latest video. Titled ‘Understanding Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here’ it follows on from the channels previous exploration of musicians like the Red Hot Chili Peppers band member Flea’s bass playing and its video on why Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham is one of the greatest drummers ever.
As the video notes, Wish You Were Here was the followup album to Dark Side of the Moon, a huge success that gave the band international fame. Initially for WYWH they recorded sounds using household objects, making songs that were then discarded. So instead, due to the recognition that came with Dark Side of the Moon, WYWH became a more melancholic and reflective record, looking back at their success and what they’d lost along the way.
“[The result] was one part lament for their fallen comrade Syd Barrett,” notes the video. “And one part vitriolic takedown of the industry that they blame for their strife.”