Released on January 21, 1977

102.9 WMGK will celebrate an exciting Pink Floyd Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9.

Listeners can register to win one of dozens of digital downloads of Pink Floyd’s remastered version of their 1977 concept album Animals by visiting WMGK.com.

While the remastered version of Animals was originally supposed to come out in 2018, disputes over the liner notes pushed the rerelease back four years. The album made an appearance on Billboard’s top 10 the first week after its release leading up to Sept. 22, selling over 20,000 copies 45 years after the original release.

The album’s original cover showed Battersea Power Station in London with a symbolic inflatable pig flying in the center. The band released a new cover photo recreating the iconic scene.

The John DeBella Show has gotten the Pink Floyd “Weekend” started early throughout the week by asking MGK listeners to identify a mashup of two Pink Floyd songs for a chance to win. Listeners can capitalize on the celebration of Animals all weekend.

Pink Floyd and the Controversial Animals

Pink Floyd became popular throughout the 1970s with hit concept albums like Dark Side of the MoonWish You Were Here, and The Wall. However, Animals was one of their most impressive works.

Animals drew some of its inspiration from the 1984 novel Animal Farm written by George Orwell. The novel provides a political allegory of the Russian Revolution of 1917 in a plot that includes farm animals revolting against their farm owner and master to take control of the land where they live.

The concept album similarly uses different types of animals to represent social classes and how they react to governmental power structure and the social change going on around them.

The band’s co-founder and lead songwriter Roger Waters wrote their fourth-most famous concept album with political implications about the world society of the 1970s, especially in the United Kingdom. His outspoken political stances led to a predictable reaction. Some fans gravitated towards him, and some turned away from the British rock legend. The polarizing split has continued into the 21st century.