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Name: Pink Floyd                                                                     
Origin: Cambridge, England                                                           
Genre(s): Art rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, space rock                   
Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their       
psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music.       
They are known for philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, innovative cover     
art, and elaborate live shows. One of rock music's most successful acts, the         
group have sold over 200 million albums worldwide including 74.5 million             
albums in the United States alone.                                                   
Pink Floyd had moderate mainstream success and were one of the most popular           
bands in the London underground music scene in the late 1960s as a psychedelic       
band led by Syd Barrett; however, Barrett's erratic behaviour eventually forced       
his colleagues to replace him with guitarist and singer David Gilmour. After         
Barrett's departure, singer and bass player Roger Waters gradually became the         
dominant and driving force in the mid-1970s, until his eventual departure from       
the group in 1985. The band recorded several albums, achieving worldwide success     
with The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977),     
and The Wall (1979). In 1985, Waters declared Pink Floyd defunct, but although       
the remaining members, led by Gilmour, were sued by Waters for rights to the         
name, they continued recording and touring as Pink Floyd and enjoyed commercial       
success with A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994),         
eventually reaching a settlement with Waters over the use of the name.               
Waters performed with the band for the first time in 24 years on July 2, 2005 at     
the London Live 8 concert.                                                           
Pink Floyd have influenced rock music artists of the 1970s such as Genesis and       
Yes; and various contemporary artists such as Dream Theater, Tool, Radiohead,         
Porcupine Tree, The Orb, Anathema and Nine Inch Nails.                               
Their music plays a featured role in the Tom Stoppard Broadway play Rock 'n'