Roger Waters posts disputed liner notes on Pink Floyd’s ‘animals’
Roger Waters has revealed that the long delay in releasing a remixed version of Pink Floyd’s Animals was caused at least in part by a battle over the album ratings of the album. Now he sidesteps the problem.
In new posts online, Waters says he agreed to have the 1977 remastered LP released without any backing notes. But he also shared the disputed content, while accusing former band member David Gilmour of exaggerating his role in the band’s accomplishments.
“As Dave Gilmour forbids me to post on Pink Floyd’s Facebook page with its 30,000,000 subscribers,” his post begins: “I am posting this ad here today and in its entirety on rogerwaters.com. “
The post goes on to state that Gilmour “does not dispute the veracity” of the liner notes, which put Waters at the center of the project design, writing and cover design, but that Gilmour “wants this story remains secret.
“This is a small part of an ongoing campaign by [Gilmour and his wife Polly Samson] to claim more credit from Dave for the work he did in Pink Floyd, 1967-1985 than he is owed, “Waters adds.” Yes, he was, and still is, a happy guitarist and singer . But, over the past 35 years, he’s told a lot of pork pies about who did what in Pink Floyd when I was still in charge. There’s a lot of “we did this” and “we did that”, and “I did this” and “I did it”. “
Gilmour married Samson in 1994; she has been a late co-writer on a number of his songs, both with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist.
Waters also revealed that he used his pandemic downtime to start working on his memoir, which he promises will reveal more instances of Gilmour claiming too much credit. As an example, Waters quotes an interview where Gilmour explains how a cash register opening loop was edited together for the song “Money” and then states that Gilmour wasn’t even in the room when it premiered. .
“The full story of what really happened is in my memories! So I hope that whets you and David and Polly’s appetites,” concludes Waters.