American Bandstand, 1967
Much sooner than universal visits based on multi-platinum idea collections, Pink Floyd showed up on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in 1967. This execution, including Syd Barrett on vocal and guitar obligations that would later be satisfied by David Gilmour is of ‘Apples and Oranges’, the band’s third single and the last melody composed by Barrett.
It’s altogether emulated – the band puts on a show to play to a support track of ‘Apples and Oranges’, conveying their specific image of psychedelia to a United States gathering of people that wasn’t exactly certain how to get the four calm young fellows from over the lake. Entertaining, considering that now we’d do totally anything to see them together once more!
Syd Barrett isn’t a long way from the breakdown that would later be sorted as schizophrenia – on occasion he just looks vacantly into the cameras, expression absolutely empty to the scene playing out around him.
What an awesome oldie but a goodie! For a significant number of us, it’s difficult to envision that there was life before Dark Side Of The Moon – yet exhibitions like this one advise us that even legends needed to begin some place!