Pink Floyd: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Michael Ochs Archives / gettyimages.com
Michael Ochs Archives / gettyimages.com

We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Pink Floyd, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the iconic rock and roll band that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!

Number Eight: Syd Barrett Released Two Solo Albums. After Barrett left the group in 1968, he moved back in with his parents. He ended up recording and releasing two solo albums with the help of his replacement, David Gilmour. The albums were called The Madcap Laughs and Barrett.

Number Seven: They Were Once The Tea Set. Pink Floyd changed their names many times, but one of the most interesting changes was when they called themselves The Tea Set. They also called themselves Sigma 6, the Abdabs and the Screaming Abdabs, Meggadeaths, and Leonard’s Lodgers.

Number Six: They Headlined the First Free Gig in Hyde Park. They played there with Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and the momentous event took place in 1968.

Number Five: They Named an Album After a Woman With a Pacemaker. Pink Floyd’s album titled Atom Heart Mother was allegedly named after a headline in a newspaper that discussed the woman who had received the first ever atomic pacemaker.

Number Four: Nick Mason Was the Only Member to Play on Every Song. It’s true! Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd to play on every single thing the group ever made. However, he interestingly only contributed vocals once, on “One of These Days.”

Number Three: The Dark Side of the Moon Has a Billboard Record. But is that really a surprise? The album, which was recorded in 1973, stayed on the Billboard charts for an astonishing 800 consecutive weeks.

Number Two: They Made the First Album to Be Played in Space. Russian astronauts decided to bring Delicate Sound of Thunder along with them when they went into space in 1989, which means that the album was the very first to be played in space that we know of.

Number One: Their Cover Bands Are Successful. An Australian cover band of Pink Floyd has been able to sell over three million tickets to their shows, which they play in 35 different countries. The cover band even performed at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday!

Must Read

4 New Books About Music Perfect for Winter Snowstorms

It’s the middle of winter, and there’s not much going on. Television will be preempted by the Olympics. Opportunities to get outside are scarce....

Ingrid Michaelson: ‘Time Machine’ Music Video Review

Ingrid Michaelson is involved in some of the most creative music videos I’ve ever seen. She loves to turn things on their head just...

The 10 Best Fictional Bands: Jem, St. Pepper, The Folksmen and More

The Wonders Tom Hanks was fresh off an unprecedented string of hit movies as a leading man when he decided to try his hand...

Related Articles

4 New Books About Music Perfect for Winter Snowstorms

It’s the middle of winter, and there’s not much going on. Television will be preempted by the Olympics. Opportunities to get outside are scarce....

Ingrid Michaelson: ‘Time Machine’ Music Video Review

Ingrid Michaelson is involved in some of the most creative music videos I’ve ever seen. She loves to turn things on their head just...

The 10 Best Fictional Bands: Jem, St. Pepper, The Folksmen and More

The Wonders Tom Hanks was fresh off an unprecedented string of hit movies as a leading man when he decided to try his hand...

The Surprising Stories Behind America’s Favorite Patriotic Songs

Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen’s "Born in the U.S.A." has always featured at political rallies for both Republicans and Democrats. But the true meaning...