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From Pink Floyd to Blue Light, David Gilmour made his mark on the '80s



One of the most defining and odd characteristics of '80s music videos was the insistence of having a choreographed dance scene, even if it didn't fit the mood of the song. For every dancing scene that was done right like Donna Summer's She Works Hard For The Money and Michael Jackson's Beat It, there was a David Gilmour Blue Light.

After the success of The Wall, Pink Floyd decompressed and guitarist David Gilmour took on producing jobs and a solo project. In 1984, he released his second solo album, About Face, which featured the single Blue Light. Infused with a horn sound, Blue Light is a departure from the usual Pink Floyd sound that some have described as near-disco. Maybe it was because of the upbeat tempo and horns that inspired the video director to take his cast of six to eight male dancers and put them in as many scenes and costume changes as possible. Blue Light made it to No. 62 on Gilmour's one and only appearance on the U.S. pop charts as a solo artist.

Last year Gilmour released his fourth and latest solo album entitled Rattle That Lock with the title track being released as an interesting animated video.


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