Recording backing vocals for "Money"

Late 1972 • For Various Artists
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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Well, Roger [Waters] and I discuss this [taking credit for the coil sounds] at length almost every time we meet, but I definitely made it, yes!

[He continues by discussing how the McCartneys’ voices almost made it into ‘Money’] But they were too distinctive. We didn’t want people to pick up on a celebrity element. Interestingly enough, Henry McCullough [Wings guitarist] and his wife were used on our record.

Nick Mason – From Nick Mason Admits Deleting Paul McCartney’s Vocals From A Pink Floyd Song – Rock Celebrities, April 2023

Although it could’ve been a nice cameo to have the McCartneys over ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon,’ Pink Floyd decided they didn’t want to have well-known rockers take place in ‘Money’ since a celebrity element would possibly distract people from the song and overshadow its anti-capitalist lyrics.

From Nick Mason Admits Deleting Paul McCartney’s Vocals From A Pink Floyd Song – Rock Celebrities

To get the snippets of voices, Pink Floyd asked random people questions like, “What is the dark side of the moon? Are you mad? When did you last hit someone?” Among them, reports Mason, were Paul and Linda McCartney who were recording the Wings album Red Rose Speedway in Abbey Road’s Studio 2.

“But they were too distinctive. We didn’t want people to pick up on a celebrity element. 

From Pink Floyd peacemaker Nick Mason on reunion and 50th anniversary of The Dark Side Of The Moon | The Sun

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