The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Original LP Cover.

Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released 4 April 1982
Recorded October 1981-February 1982
Genre Progressive rock
Length 43:43
Label Harvest, EMI, Columbia
Producer Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd chronology
The Wall
The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking
Learning to Fly
1. "Until We Sleep" (Gilmour)
Release: 09 May 1982
2. "Sexual Revolution" (Waters)
Release: 10 May 1982

The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking is the thirteenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released on 4 April 1982 by Harvest Records in the United Kingdom and internationally and on 13 April 1982 in the United States by Columbia Records.

It is Pink Floyd's last studio album to include founding member, bass guitarist and songwriter Roger Waters, and their only album on which he alone is credited for writing and composition. It is also the only Pink Floyd album that does not feature keyboardist Richard Wright.

Concept history

The concept, as envisioned by Waters in 1977, rotated around a man's scattered thoughts during a road trip through California, focusing on his midlife crisis, and how he dreams of committing adultery with a hitchhiker he picks up along the way. Along the way he also faces other fears and paranoia, with all of these things taking place in real time in the early morning hours of 04:30:18 am to 05:12 am on an unspecified day.

In July 1977, Waters played some of the music demos of what he had pieced together, but he also played parts of another album he was preparing titled Bricks in the Wall to the rest of his bandmates in the group Pink Floyd. After a long debate, they decided that they preferred the concept of Bricks in the Wall instead, even though their manager at the time, Steve O'Rourke, thought that Pros and Cons was a better-sounding concept, and David Gilmour calling Pros and Cons stronger musically.

In 1982, the members among themselves were deciding what the next album is going to use the project The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, or would use the The Final Cut project.

Album release and artwork

The album's release was on April 4, 1982, in the UK and April 15 in the United States. The album reached the first place in the UK but was only eighth on the Billboard.

The album had mixed reviews, and even criticism of Roger Waters, about his bloody domination over the band. The album sold only 6 million copies, a very small number in front of its predecessor, The Wall.

Track list

Side A

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad" Waters Waters


2. "Running Shoes" Waters Gilmour, Waters 4:08
3. "Until We Sleep" Gilmour Gilmour 5:11
4. "For the First Time Today, Part 2" Waters Waters 2:02
5. "Sexual Revolution" Waters Gilmour, Waters 4:49
6. "The Remains of Our Love" Waters Waters 3:09
Total: 22:11

Side B

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Go Fishing" Waters Waters 6:59
2. "For the First Time Today, Part 1" Waters Waters 1:38
3. "Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin" Waters Waters 3:03
4. "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part 10" Waters, Gilmour Waters, Gilmour 4:36
5. "Every Stranger's Eyes" Waters, Gilmour Gilmour, Waters 4:48
6. "The Moment of Clarity" Waters Waters 1:28
Total: 21:32

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