LONDON — The remaining members of Pink Floyd – Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason – got together briefly to issue an apology to their fans and to anyone hurt during the current worldwide economic crisis for the influence their mega-hit song ‘Money’ may have had on the perpetrators of the financial meltdown. “Who knew back in 1973 that singing “Money, it’s a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash” would have such an effect on Wall Street?” asked Waters. “We were just stoned and singing about buying some munchies … I think.”
‘Money’ – from the epic ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ album – was released in 1973, about the time Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke and the CEOs of most investment banks were in business college or just getting their first jobs as traders. It was the first album most of them played over-and-over on their stereo systems and it has since been heard at least once a day on every oldies rock station in the country. “I blame FM radio,” says Gilmour. ““Money” was written to be listened to once a year, about the time you’re trying to get in the mood to do your income taxes.”
The lyrics “I’m in the hi-fidelity, first class traveling set, and I think I need a Lear jet” appear to have had the biggest influence on today’s financial leaders. “Don’t blame me. I had nothing to do with that song,” says Mason. “I’m just the drummer. I thought we were here to announce a reunion tour.” Waters, Gilmour and Mason confirmed that the band was not getting back together, due to – you guessed it – money problems.