Even if you’re not a fan of classic rock, there’s no denying the influence Pink Floyd has had on music over the past five decades. The British rock band is known for its trippy, experimental sounds, and its dark, atmospheric lyrics. Whether you’re a new fan or have been following them since their early days, here are 10 secrets about Pink Floyd you may not know.
1.The band was named after two blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. “Floyd” being a reference to Blues legend Pink Anderson, while “Pink” was chosen in honor of the deceased founding member Syd Barrett. The name is usually pronounced with an initial /p/ sound rather than “pee-ink”.
2.Original bassist Roger Waters’ father Eric Fletcher Waters died while serving in the British Army on 24 April 1944 during World War II, at Anzio in Italy whilst his mother Mary (Harrison) Waters worked as a volunteer nurse at Southgate Hospital, where she met future husband Edward Waters, a clarinet player who had survived Dunkirk.
3.A Saucerful of Secrets is the second studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, and was released as a double disc on June 29, 1968 in the United Kingdom via EMI Columbia Records and one day later in the United States by Tower Records subsidiary label International Record Syndicate.
4.The working title for the track “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” was “Solar Flares Burn For You”.
5.The album Ummagumma contains four experimental songs which are not listed on any track listing giving no suggestion to what they may sound like because each song is very different from the other ones.
6.Meddle is an experimental progressive rock record that features an extended 23-minute instrumental track titled “Echoes” on side two. The first song recorded for the album was a previously unreleased tune called “Nick’s Boogie”.
7.One of the songs from Meddle is entitled “Seamus”, which is named after an Irish Collie dog that belonged to band member Dave Gilmour and his then-girlfriend, Ginger. A small portion of barking and noises can be heard at the end of the track, along with Roger Waters shouting “Get out of it!”
8.A lot of the sounds in Shine On You Crazy Diamond were recorded by guitarist David Gilmour getting one of his dogs to dig through a picket fence and placing a microphone there for some sound effects used in Time and Echoes.
9. The very first LP which Pink Floyd released was The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, but the last one to be recorded by the original line-up.
10. Floyd bassist Roger Waters has claimed in an interview that while recording Wish You Were Here he accidentally put a speaker through a wall while attempting to show a very drunken Nick Mason how his drums should sound on a particular song.