Sunset Strip

Roger Waters

About Sunset Strip

"Sunset Strip" is a song written by Roger Waters for his second studio album, Radio K. A. O. S. It was placed as the fifth track on the record. It was also released as the album's second single, in September 1987.


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I like staying with my Uncle Dave 
And I like playing with his great dane
But I don't fit
I feel alien and strange Kinda out of range

I like riding in my Uncle's car
Down to the beach where the pretty girls all 
And movie stars and paparazzi play
The Charles Atlas kicking sand in the face game

And I sit in the canyon with my back to the sea
There's a blood red dragon on a field of green
Calling me back

Back to the Black Hills again
Ooh, ooh, Billy come home

Billy is searching for his native land
Flicking through the stations with the dial in his 
Picking up, and

Billy taps out Jim's number on the 'phone
Sits shaking as he waits for Jim's answering tone
Come on my friend, speak to me please
The land of my fathers is calling to me
And I sit in the canyon with my back to the sea
There's a blood red dragon on a field of green
Calling me back, back to the Black Hills again
Ooh, ooh, Billy come home

Come on home
He sits in the canyon with his back to the sea
Sees a blood red dragon on a field of green
He hears a male voice choir singing Billy come 
Billy, Billy, come home
Come on home

I don't like fish.
You are listening to KAOS here in Los Angeles. 
I don't like fish. 
Yes, we've established that. Ah! Do you have a request? 
Shell fish, guppy, salmon, shrimp and crab and lobster, flounder.I hate fish, but I think most of all I hate fresh fish, like trout. I hate fresh trout. My least-hated, favourite fish would be sole. That way you don't have to see the eyes. Sole has no eyes. 
Oh no! 
I'd like to be home with my monkey and my dog 
Thank you. 
I'd like to be home with my monkey and my dog I'd like to be home with my monkey and my dog I'd like to be home with my monkey ... 
They don't care. Shut up. Play the record.

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Roger Waters

George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. He was a founder member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd, serving as bassist and co-lead vocalist. Following the departure of bandmate Syd Barrett in 1968, Waters became the band's lyricist, principal songwriter and conceptual leader. The band subsequently achieved international success in the 1970s with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. Although Waters' primary instrument in Pink Floyd was the bass guitar, he also experimented with synthesisers and tape loops and played rhythm guitar on recordings and in concerts. Amid creative differences within the group, Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and began a … more »

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Written by: ROGER WATERS

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10 facts about this song

Song Release
"Sunset Strip" is a song by Roger Waters, the bassist and co-lead vocalist of the rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on his second solo album, "Radio K.A.O.S" in 1987.
Music Style
The styling of "Sunset Strip" is starkly different from Waters' Pink Floyd work but retains his distinctive narrative and lyrical style. It merges elements of rock and roll and synth-pop to deliver a more radio-friendly sound.
Concept Album
The song is part of Roger Waters's concept album "Radio K.A.O.S". The entire album tells a story through its songs, with "Sunset Strip" being part of it. The story revolves around Billy, a 23-year-old with the ability to intercept radio waves in his mind.
Tale of Lost Dreams
"Sunset Strip" encapsulates an aspect of Billy's story where he recounts his dreams of going to America and his fond memories of watching television shows that aired during a time when Hollywood and the Sunset Strip were seen as the epitome of glamor and success.
BBC Broadcasting
According to Waters, the album and "Sunset Strip," in particular, is a critique of how society was transformed by commercial materialism, with specific reference to the dominance of the BBC and its influence over cultural understanding and attitudes.
Live Performances
Despite the album's complex narrative structure, songs including "Sunset Strip", were played live during Roger Waters's extensive "Radio K.A.O.S" tour of 1987 which continued into 1990.
Album Reception
While "Radio K.A.O.S" received mixed reviews upon release and was not as heavily acclaimed as Waters' work with Pink Floyd, it has been re-evaluated in subsequent years. "Sunset Strip" stood out for its catchy melody and strong storyline.
Who is Billy?
The character Billy, featuring in "Sunset Strip" and the overall narrative of the album "Radio K.A.O.S.", was loosely based on a real-life individual who was a relative of Waters' manager at the time.
Animation Music Video
An animated music video was created for "Sunset Strip". Its artwork and narrative direction were consistent with the overall theme of the album.
Roger Waters Contribution
Besides being the lead vocalist, Waters also played Bass guitar and was the primary songwriter for "Sunset Strip", an example of his multifaceted talent.

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