Beatles influence on PF. Makes interesting reading.
The Floyd never tried to be the Beatles or, as proper southerners, even sound like the Beatles, but the Fab Four’s palette is unavoidably spattered over much of the Floyd’s greatest work.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the bible of summer 1967, gobsmacked musicians all over the English-speaking world, and the Floyd were no exception. Syd Barrett quotes musically from the album’s title song in his subsequent single “Apples and Oranges,” while Waters twice invoked “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”: lyrically in “Let There Be More Light” and musically in “Point Me at the Sky.”
Finally, the universal appeal and acceptance of the brain-melting “A Day in the Life” surely dovetailed with the Floyd’s already strongly developed sense of musique concrète as expressed on the contemporary “Interstellar Overdrive.”
Syd Barrett’s replacement, David Gilmour, took much of his guitar sound in later years from the Alan Parsons/Geoff Emerick/George Harrison sonic palette of The Beatles (the “White Album”) and Abbey Road, using the arpeggios of “Dear Prudence” and “You Never Give Me Your Money” as jumping-off points for his own playing, especially on Dark Side pieces “Any Colour You Like” and “Eclipse.” Gilmour also stated that he enjoyed the picking on Cream’s “Badge,” which was actually played by Harrison.
Roger Waters, as befits an artist with a bent toward “meaningful” lyrics, was a Lennon man, finding the classic “Across the Universe” compelling enough to use the lyrical pattern for 1971’s groundbreaking “Echoes” and later playing “Universe” in his solo career. It would be fair to say that Waters also garnered inspiration and solace from the confessional songwriting style of Lennon’s 1970 Plastic Ono Band.