'Brain Damage/Eclipse' - Pink Floyd


Writer: Roger Waters

Producer: Pink Floyd

Recorded: 1972 at Abbey Road Studios, London

Released: March 24, 1973

Players: David Gilmour--guitar, vocals
Nick Mason--drums
Richard Wright--keyboards
Roger Waters--bass
Album: The Dark Side Of The Moon (Harvest, 1973)

Singer-bassist Roger Waters originally wrote "Brain Damage" while recording the 1971 Pink Floyd album Meddle.

The original title of the song, which made reference to the psychological crumbling of former Floyd guitarist Syd Barrett, was "Dark Side Of The Moon." The song ends with the lines: "And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes/I'll see you on the dark side of the moon."

"Brain Damage/Eclipse" first appeared on the album The Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd's concept album about insanity, which holds the all-time record for length of time spent on the Billboard 200 chart: 741 consecutive weeks.

Alan Parsons, assistant engineer on the Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be albums, engineered The Dark Side Of The Moon, for which he won a Grammy award in 1973.

Pink Floyd performed "Brain Damage/Eclipse" on some shows on its 1994 tour in support of the album The Division Bell, when it played The Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety for the first time in over ten years.

"Brain Damage/Eclipse" also appeared on a limited edition of The Dark Side Of The Moon released by Capitol Records in 1993 to commemorate the album's 20th anniversary.