Pink Floyd producer tried to make them rap
Producer Bob Ezrin tried to introduce rap music to Pink Floyd album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, he’s admitted.
But David Gilmour hated the idea and vetoed it, meaning the band’s 1987 record – their first without Roger Waters – was recorded without elements of the then cutting-edge pop movement.
Ezrin tells ZME Music: “I became fascinated with rap – I’m an early adopter. I brought some in when we were doing A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. I brought some to David Gilmour, going, ‘Boy, I think this stuff with a rock beat would be awesome.’
“He said, ‘Oh my God, that would be terrible!’ He couldn’t believe it. He hated the idea.”
Meanwhile, the producer has also admitted he refused his first invitation to work on Deep Purple’s new album, Now What?! – and only changed his mind after he saw the band live.
He tells Noisecreep: “I wasn’t really thrilled with the idea. I didn’t want to be pegged as the guy who does old people. So I said ‘no.’
“I got convinced to see them in Toronto, and 15 minutes into the show they went into this big long prog jam. Steve Morse played the most amazing guitar I’ve ever heard, then Don Airey filled it with these huge keyboards. The drums, bass and everything came in and the whole audience went nuts.
“I realised we never see that any more – it used to be a staple at concerts when I was a kid. This was rock power.”
Purple frontman Ian Gillan recently paid tribute to Ezrin’s work on Now What?! – due for release on April 29 – saying the producer had dealt with the band’s main weakness.
Ezrin remains proud of his work in the world of pop, and, particularly, rap. “It’s not what I’m noted for,” he admits. “I’m an old white guy. But then, a lot of old white guys have been involved in urban music and been very important in that. Jimmy Iovine is an old white guy too – but without him the modern rap business would be entirely different.”