I'd be happy if it never got played on the radio ever again, but it's still an amazing song, from the cool disco-ish rhythms to the fun chorus to the economic guitar soloing in the middle.The first side closes out with Mother, one of Roger's finest acoustic-based ballads, with Dave throwing in more nice vocals in the guise of Pink's mother (who really gives off a major Psycho vibe) and a decent guitar solo in the middle.
Actually, Roy was recording his "HQ" album in Abbey Road studiosat the same time Floyd were recording WYWH, so Roy and Gilmour would seeeach other everyday and that is what sparked the idea of Roy recordingthe vocals.Since Roy and Floyd were also label mates in Europe (The Harvest label),they were able to use him without any legal ramifications and Roy washappy to oblige.Roy always says that Waters offered him a life's time of credit at afamous clothing store(I don't recall the name) in London as compensationfor singing on the track, however, Roy stated in a recent interview thatto this day Water's hasn't made good on the offer.
[It includes] intros to , (though this wasn't used as Kelly could do the vocal) , , (Japan, Australia only) and the thunder and spaceship effects."
Rob Caiger (March 29, 2007 - Showdown mailing list)
"The stage darkens, then we see our first glance of the now-legendary spaceship, making it's 'taking off' to the accompaniment of an anonymous orchestral/synthesiser sound collage.