My favorite song from 1979 is Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd.
My favorite line from the song is: “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?!”
I was in the third of fourth grade when this song came out. So, I really like how the song also features a choir of school children singing in the second verse.
The producer of Another Brick in the Wall was Bob Ezrin. He is the guy who made Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. He had a thing about kids on record. This was fitting because the song is about kids. They sent their recording Engineer, Nick Grififths, to a school in North London. The school was near the Floyd studios. Ezrin wanted 24 tracks of kids singing the song. He said he wanted Cockney.
Cockney English refers to the accent or dialect of English traditionally spoken by working-class Londoners. The actor Michael Caine has an accent like this. Here are some attributes that Cockney contains:
• The sound of many vowels is said in a deeper tone
• The vowels are drawn together, as opposed to said separately. For example, mouth is pronounced “mauf.”
• The letter t often disappears from words. For example, water becomes wa’er and city becomes ci’y.
• The letter h is often dropped at the beginning of words. For example, house becomes ‘ouse.
The recording engineer approached music teacher Alun Renshaw of Islington Green School, around the corner from Pink Floyd’s Britannia Row Studios, about the choir.
According to songfacts.com:
“Though the school received a lump sum payment of £1000, there was no contractual arrangement for royalties from record sales. Under a 1996 UK copyright law, they became eligible for royalties from broadcasts, and after royalties agent Peter Rowan traced choir members through the website Friends Reunited and other means, they lodged a claim for royalties with the Performing Artists’ Media Rights Association in 2004.”