The Dark Side of Pink Floyd: 5 Surprising Facts About the Band
Stoners, dads who have not given up on their garage band dreams, and music aficionados of the world: rejoice! A Pink Floyd retrospective is set to open at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the spring of 2017. Following the massive success of such music based retrospectives as “David Bowie Is,” “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” will look back on the band’s legacy, and will include gems like the Azimuth Co-ordinator, which was first used by the band to create surround sound. While plenty of details are still undisclosed, the museum’s statement promises “an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world.” The exhibition will open on May 31st, which gives us plenty of time to pinch pennies for our journey across the pond. In the meantime, whet your appetite with these five facts about the British visionaries you may or may not have known.
The band, which Roger Waters and Nick Mason founded while studying architecture together in 1963, was named by Syd Barrett (who was Waters’ childhood friend) after his two favorite Carolina blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
Despite their immeasurable success and legacy, Pink Floyd’s only single to reach #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 was “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. II” in 1978.
The iconic album cover for Wish You Were Here, which features two men in suits shaking hands (one of whom is regrettably on fire), was made without any special effects. The man ablaze was a stuntman who was actually set on fire and thankfully wearing protective fire-proof gear underneath his suit and wig. The only casualty was his mustache.
Stanley Kubrick reached out to the band many times for collaborations, the most notable of which was when he requested to use the 23-minute “Atom Heart Mother” as the soundtrack for A Clockwork Orange.
The band’s first album, a Syd Barrett-helmed, psychedelic masterpiece titled The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, was recorded at Abbey Road in 1967. What was happening directly in the adjacent studio, you ask? Oh, just The Beatles, recording Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, nbd.
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