Lisa Marie Presley is the daughter of Elvis Presley, but her musical tastes extend beyond his song catalog. She revealed in a 2005 interview that one 1970s British rock band inspires her and her own music.
The Rolling Stones? Led Zeppelin? The Who?
Nope. Presley is a huge Pink Floyd fan.
Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’
Formed in 1965, Pink Floyd started out as a poppy psychedelic rock band led by Syd Barrett. Because Barret left the band in 1968 due to mental problems exacerbated by drug use, bassist Roger Waters became its driving creative force. Under his direction, in 1973 the band released the classic “Dark Side of the Moon” album, which has sold over 45 million copies to date.
But it was the band’s 1979 album “The Wall” that resonated with Lisa Marie Presley the most. The double LP concept album details the life of rock singer “Pink” as he tries to navigate increasing alienation created by rock stardom, isolation, and drug use. In addition, the album’s protagonist is reminiscent of Presley’s own father, who died two years before its release.
In a 2005 interview with Pop Entertainment, Presley explained: “The music that had the most profound effect on me was Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall.’ … That album spoke for me like nothing else. The whole entirety of it too. I loved it. I loved ‘Hey You,’ ‘Mother,’ ‘Comfortably Numb,’ all those songs. … It was recorded back then but it still stands the test of time. It’s still so powerful. It’s one of those albums that never dies.”
In 1982, the album was turned into a movie directed by Alan Parker. In the clip below featuring “Comfortably Numb,” Pink’s manager breaks into his hotel room to get him to that night’s gig.
Lisa Marie Presley’s ‘Dark’ Music
Presley has her own music career, releasing albums in 2003, 2005, and 2012. More than just a Pink Floyd fan, she also looks to the band, especially Waters, to inspire her songs.
“Roger Waters’ writing really got to me,” Presley said. “’Brain Damage.’ … Things like that just got me. That’s the only kind of music that really affected me, impacted me. I like honest, dark music that‘s saying something.
Water’s “dark music” influence is apparent in the video below for Presley’s 2012 song “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”
Presley’s Next Chapter
Lisa Marie Presley has kept a low profile over the last ten years, but that’s about to change. Reports emerged in March that she’s signed a $4 million tell-all book deal for a memoir about her father, her multiple marriages, and periodic battles with drug addiction.
And she’ll probably have Pink Floyd playing in the background while she writes it.