Pink Floyd, 'Household Objects' (1974)
Pink Floyd had achieved worldwide success with 1973's Dark Side of the Moon, an album that transformed them into one of rock's biggest forces practically overnight. Unsure how to match their previous work, they settled on a concept as irreverent as it was avant-garde – they would make an album without the use of any musical instruments at all.
Dubbed Household Objects, the project consisted of Pink Floyd playing songs on hand mixers, light bulbs, wood saws, hammers, brooms and other home appliances. Recording in this manner was excruciating. "We'd spend days getting a pencil and a rubber band till it sounded like a bass," Wright remembered in a 2007 BBC documentary. "I remember sitting down with Roger and saying, 'Roger, this is insane!'" Guitarist David Gilmour agreed. "A lot of the time it would just be like plonky noises. ... Ultimately, to me personally, it became rather unsatisfying."
Unsatisfying and futile. Rather than laboring to make a rubber band sound like a bass, the band eventually decided to just use a bass. Instruments were reinstated, and Household Objects came to a permanent halt. A month of work yielded just two semi-complete tracks: "The Hard Way" and "Wine Glasses." The former wouldn't see the light of day until being issued as a bonus track in 2011, but "Wine Glasses" was incorporated into "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," the centerpiece of their next album, Wish You Were Here.