The re-mastered album is set to be re-released this summer.
Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters is set to re-release his last solo album, 1992's 'Amused To Death', as a re-mastered and re-mixed edition this summer, and as he gears up to unleash it once again upon the world, he takes us through his thinking process for each song.
Roger Waters opens up about 'Amused To Death' themes
Exploring themes like war, religion, politics and humanity in ever more whimsical and sardonic ways, Roger Waters really didn't hold back with 'Amused To Death'. An intelligent, conceptual collection mostly based on material from Neil Postman's book 'Amusing Ourselves to Death', he steered away from the pop conformity of love, sex and partying to deliver some more important messages - most of which are very much still relevant two decades on.
'What God Wants' is an omnipresent number split into three parts on the record. 'I am what's called a radical atheist', says Waters, who sees himself very much supporting the likes of Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins. 'Whatever your attachment to something up there is, I believe that that is almost certainly a malign influence on your life. I think it interferes with you confronting some of the questions that I think are fundamental, both philosophically and politically, to all of us.' Much of the album makes references to religion, and rarely with a serious spin on it such as 'It's a Miracle'.
Where Waters is at his most serious, however, is on 'The Bravery of Being Out of Range'; a song referencing the presidency of Ronald Reagan, someone he found to be a person with few morals; though his malice was veiled by the issues of the Soviet Union. 'I actually think that what is wrong is that any of us allow ourselves to put ourselves in a position where we point the finger at other people and say, 'I'm the good guy, he's the bad guy, now I get to do whatever the f**k I like.'' He says.
It was on the title track where the themes got a little more complicated, as the meaning behind it had to change significantly from a tune based on Neville Shute's novel 'On The Beach'. 'Within the context of the whole piece, it no longer fitted in to the main scheme of things', he explains. 'This needed to be more about the selling of sex as part of the general concept of being 'amused to death'. It's a very natural response to growing up in a society where being a consumer is more important than being a thinker.'
The album may have reached number 8 in UK charts, but it still didn't receive the attention it deserved the first time around. Here's hoping that some of Waters timeless messages are allowed to sink into a new generation with this re-released.
'Amused To Death' drops again on July 24th 2015.