Pink Floyd went into the recording of Meddle with no new songs or material whatsoever. In the process of coming up with something new, the group tried recording music separately on different tracks without knowing what the other members were doing. Guitarist David Gilmour would later say this was “awful… absolutely awful.”
Meddle even came close to becoming an album of songs completely performed with household objects. Meddle's recording engineer John Leckie said of these sessions, “They were making chords up from the tapping of beer bottles, tearing newspaper to get a rhythm and letting off an aerosol can to get a hi-hat sound. It was very much [drummer] Nick Mason's idea, but everyone was involved. The trouble was it didn't seem to be going anywhere.”
Gilmour stated “Basically, we’re the laziest group ever. Other groups would be quite horrified if they saw how we waste our recording time.” Bassist Roger Waters, on the other hand, had one goal for the album. At a press conference before the release of Meddle, he said “I’m bored with most of the stuff we play.” He was keen on ridding Pink Floyd’s cursed “space rock” label, and said that the band’s previous album, Atom Heart Mother, was “the beginning of the end.” Meddle, however, was the beginning of Pink Floyd’s future.
Above: Pink Floyd at AIR Studios recording Meddle.