Pink Floyd were one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, and today you’re going to find out why.
10. In 1969, Pink Floyd headlined the first ever free gig held in London’s Hyde Park. T-Rex and Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band supported.
9. Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, was responsible for naming their fourteenth album ‘The Division Bell’. In exchange, the band donated money to Adams’ favourite charity, the Environmental Investigation Agency.
8. Dark Side of the Moon’ was an absolute phenomenon. Released in 1973, it remained in the charts for an extraordinary 741 weeks and has sold almost 50 million copies, making it the third most sold album ever. It is said 1 in 12 people own a copy.
7. Pink Floyd are well known for their iconic album covers. But they actually turned down one that proved just as memorable for another band.
Hipgnosis, the art design group that produced much of Floyd’s album art, offered them the above design for their album “Atom Heart Mother Suite”. Instead they went for the well known cow design and Def Leppard used it instead for their wildly successful High ‘n’ Dry album. A win-win.
6. The great Stanley Kubrick reportedly asked the band if he could use the track “Atom Heart Mother Suite” in the soundtrack for his film ‘A Clockwork Orange’. They declined. Annoyingly.