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Saturday, November 27, 2021

This is what you get for using schoolkids as musical props: The pupils whose vocals were used on Pink Floyd’s 1979 hit single “Another Brick in the Wall” are now suing for royalties due them from the song.

The then pupils from Islington Green School, north London, were taken to a nearby recording studio by their music teacher but without permission from the headmistress.

On hearing the song, she banned the pupils from appearing on TV or video, meaning they had no proof of their involvement on the track.

The lyrics “We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control, no dark sarcasm in the classroom — teachers leave them kids alone” were also described by the Inner London Education Authority as “scandalous”.

The school was paid £1,000 and later given a platinum record of the song but the pupils were paid nothing.

The former headmistress has now agreed to support her former pupils’ claim.

Now who’s just another brick in the wall, 25 years hence?

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/27/2004 05:27:26 PM
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