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List of interesting information not only about Pink Floyd
- Did you know that the name of the Pink Floyd Division Bell album was suggested by Douglas Adams, the author of the cult classic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?
- Did you know that the band’s estimated income in 1994 and 1995 was 62 million USD (2.5 billion CZK)?
- Did you know that David Gilmour’s name causes difficulty not only to the Czechs? On some editions of the Final Cut album his name is misspelled as Gilmoure, while in the More film credits it‘s Gilmore?
- Did you know that in the song Seamus a voice can be heard saying “He is the real dog.“ right before one of the “dog solos“?
- Did you know that in the Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii video during the song One of These Days a drumstick slips out of Nick Mason’s hand? Nick continues drumming with just one drumstick furiously while fumbling for the other with the other hand.
- Did you know that the song Mihalis on one of David Gilmour’s solo albums is named after a boat bought by David in Greece? Mihalis is Greek for Michael.
- Did you know that the voice that can be heard in the song Yet Another Movie is Humphrey Bogart’s? The line was taken from Casablanca.
- Did you know that the band never played In The Flesh? live? At The Wall concerts it was always played by a substitute band and no other Pink Floyd gigs included the song.
- Did you know that Pink Floyd are named after two bluesmen from Georgia, USA? Their names were Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
- Did you know that in the Final Cut video EP Roger Waters is seen talking to a psychologist, whose name consists of the surnames of the director and producer of The Wall movie (A. Parker-Marshall)?
- Did you know that originally the character of Pink in The Wall movie was to be played by Roger Waters himself? However, his screen tests turned out to be a disaster...
- Did you know that The Wall could have been a triple album? The material that didn’t make it to the Wall album later became part of Final Cut.
- Did you know that the song Have A Cigar from the Wish You Were Here album is sung by Roy Harper of HQ?
- Did you know that Pink Floyd only performed The Wall 29 times and each time they were hidden behind a cardboard wall?
- Did you know that Nick Mason is the only person to be a member of Pink Floyd all the time the band existed?
- Did you know that the lines read by the teacher to the laughing class in The Wall movie are actually snippets of Money lyrics?
- Did you know that Money from the Dark Side Of The Moon album is the most played song on American radio stations ever?
- Did you know that Syd Barrett is considered the inventor of a whole new guitar style called “glissando guitar”?
- Did you know that Ummagumma is slang for intercourse?
- Did you know that Pink Floyd were the first band ever to use synths for composing music and that they contributed to the develompent of synthesizers?
- Did you know that Learning to Fly was the first EMI single ever to be distributed entirely on CDs? Columbia released a vinyl version of the single in the US.
- Did you know that Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict (song released on the Ummagumma album) is the longest name for a rock song ever?
- Did you know that the beds used as the artwork for A Momentary Lapse Of Reason are real and there were about 800 of them?
- Did you know that the Delicate Sound of Thunder album was the first pop music record ever to be brought to the outer space (by a Soviet Soyuz spaceship)?
- Did you know that the song Coming Back To Life was used to wake up the astronauts of the Columbia space shuttle? There is a footage of the crew talking to the control center on the NASA website.
- Did you know that the bass line from Goodbye Cruel World is taken from See Emily Play?
- Did you know that drum parts from Bring The Boys Back Home were reused in High Hopes?
- Did you know that The Wall Live In Berlin is noted in the Guiness Book Of Records as the largest concert ever?
- Did you know that the Dark Side Of the Moon album stayed in the US album chart for 736 weeks ( 14 years)?
- Did you know that in the Live At Pompeii video after the band play One of These Days, they can be seen drinking Czech Pilsner Urquell beer?
- Did you know that Eric Clapton co-wrote The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking with Roger Waters and then toured with him?
- Did you know that in September 2010 it had been 16 years from the last (and first) Pink Floyd gig in Czech Republic?
- Did you know that the Chapter 24 lyrics more or less just quote actual Chapter 24 of an ancient Chinese book called I Ching?
- Did you know that in the end of the Dark Side of the Moon album an instrumental strings version of a Beatles’ song (perhaps it is She’s Got A Ticket To Ride) can be heard accompanying the beating heart from the right canal?
- Did you know that in the end of the Dark Side of the Moon Album a voice can be heard saying “there is no dark side IN the moon” ?
- Did you know that Syd Barrett reached the sound of the Piper at the Gates of Dawn album by setting all the knobs and buttons at the studio to form an ornament he liked?
- Did you know that there is a jazz guitarist called David Gilmore in the US?
- Did you know that the bass guitar parts of the Momentary Lapse Of Reason album were recorded by Tony Levin, who has worked with Peter Gabriel, John Lennon and King Crimson?
- Did you know that the song Poles Apart from The Division Bell is actually an open letter to Syd Barrett and Roger Waters from David Gilmour?
- Did you know that in the song Madmoiselle Nobs on the Live At Pompeii DVD, Richard Wright’s greyhound can be heard howling?
- Did you know that during one of the concerts Roger Waters told a drunk fan to come closer to the stage and then spat on him?
- Did you know that the last Pink Floyd song recorded live is Comfortably Numb? The band played it with Roger Waters at a Live 8 benefit concert organised by Bob Geldof.
- Did you know that the first Pink Floyd concerts, such as those in UFO club lasted as long as from 8 pm to 1 am with just a twenty-minute break.
- Did you know that Empty Spaces contain a secret message audible only when played backwards?
- Did you know that in 1967 Pink Floyd were recording Piper At The Gates Of Dawn at Abbey Road studios almost simultaneously with The Beatles, who were working on Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?
- Did you know that although they both recorded tracks at the same studio, David Gilmoure never met John Lennon in person?
- Did you know that the voice at the end of the Dark Side Of The Moon album belongs to Abbey Road studios’ then doorman Jerry Driscoll?
- Did you know that Pink Floyd donated 590 000 pounds to schools for mentally challenged children?
- Did you know that Roger Waters used the voice of the HAL 9000 computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey in the song A Perfect Sense, pt. 3 from Amused To Death?
- Did you know that the skinheads from The Wall movie were actual skinheads, not actors? When shooting certain scenes, the makers had difficulty coping with their unfeigned aggressivity.
- Did you know that in the beginning of The Wall movie, Pink’s father can be seen lighting up a Meva kerosene lamp made in Czechoslovakia?
- Did you know that during the bridge of the song High Hopes, a quiet harp can be heard?
- Did you know that a minor planet was named after Pink Floyd? Its name is 19367 Pink Floyd.
- Did you know that David Gilmoure’s nickname at school was Fred?
- Did you know that Rick Wright is Guy Pratt’s father- in- law?
- Did you know that they used 420 cardboard bricks for The Wall Tour stage?
- Did you know that the shadows reflected in the pupils of the giant eyes on the Pulse DVD cover belong to photographers Rupert Truman and Dan Abbott, colleagues of Storm Thorgerson?
- Did you know that in the end of the Wish You Were Here album Rick Wright plays a few notes of See Emily Play as a tribute to Syd Barrett, who showed up at the studio when the record was being made?
- Did you know that the inflatable pig called Algie from the Animals album artwork was made by Zeppelin? After the original pig flew away by accident, the Heathrow airport traffic had to be disrupted for four hours for safety reasons?
- Did you know that Stanley Kubrick wanted to use Pink Floyd music in the Clockwork Orange? The band did not agree, however, the Atom Heart Mother vinyl record is shown in the record shop scene of the movie.
- Did you know that the What Do You Want From Me guitar theme had already been used 16 years earlier on David Gilmoure’s first solo album?
- Did you know that the Pink Floyd Live 8 show footage contains a short glimpse of the Battersea power station known from the Animals album artwork? It can be seen when the band is playing the song Money.
- Did you know that Nick Mason does not like to eat the crust of a pie? You can see that in the Live At Pompeii movie during one of the Dark Side recording sessions.
- Did you know that in the end of the song Fearless on the Meddle album, FC Liverpool fans’ anthem “You will never walk alone” can be heard?
- Did you know that there are several shots of David Gilmoure’s wife Polly Samson and their two sons in the footage of the last Pink Floyd gig?
- Did you know that in the beginning of the song Fat Old Sun you can hear the same bells that can be heard in the beginning of High Hopes? It is the sound of the Ely cathedral bells.
- Did you know that while David Gilmour was making his Remember That Nights DVD, Roger Waters was recording in the neighbouring studio? They met, but are said to have been rather cold to each other.
- Did you know that when playing Money at the Live 8 gig, Roger Waters and Nick Mason did not quite meet rhythmically? The mistakes can be heard in the live broadcast footage and they have been retouched later.
- Did you know that Pink Floyd needed 49 trucks to move all the things necessary for the Division Bell tour?
- Did you know that there have been numerous references to Pink Floyd in The Simpsons? For example, in one of the episodes, Bart can be seen trying to play Echoes on guitar, but is interrupted by Nelson.
- Did you know that there are just two songs with Nick Mason credited as the only author? They are The Grand Vizier’s Garden Party and Speak To Me, which was only credited to him because of the royalties.
- Did you know that the last song Nick Mason co-wrote is, according to the credits, Any Colour You Like from 1973?
- Did you know that David Gilmoure mocked the Shine On You Crazy Diamond lyrics during a rehearsal for a gig in Tampa in 1994, singing “shine on, you crazy bastard”?
- Did you know that Chandler from Friends mentions Pink Floyd in S01E02? He says: “Kissing is like the entertainer who speaks before Pink Floyd start playing.”
- Did you know that Roger Waters accused A. L. Webber from ripping off Echoes for the Phantom Of The Opera main theme?
- Did you know that the Pink Floyd pig appears in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children Of Men ?
- Did you know that Eric Clapton and Roger Waters worked together on the soundtrack for John Hurt’s Hit? That is where their later cooperation on Waters’ Pros and Cons Of Hitch Hiking album originated.
- Did you know that on the Wall tour Rick Wright was no longer a member of the band and only played as a hired musician?
- Did you know that the Live in Gdaňsk DVD was released on September 15 2008, the day Rick Wright died?
- Did you know that the song Castellorizon from David Gilmour’s On An Island album is named after a Greek island near Rhodos, where David has his own house?
- Did you know that Nick Mason was paid just the same amount of money for driving Auto Union Type D, that the original test driver earned in the 1930s? Nick was even paid in the old Nazi German currency, the Reichsmarks.
- Did you know that the Dark Side Of The Moon prism appears in one of Futurama episodes (S04E11, about 7:25)?
- Did you know that in an episode of The Simpsons named Homerpalooza Homer kicks a cannon and the famous Pink Floyd pig drops out of it?
- Did you know that on the Radio KAOS album Roger Waters cites Prague among places where people “feel at home”?
- Did you know that in an episode of The Simpsons named The Golden 90’s Homer can be seen taking the Dark Side Of The Moon record away from the house?
- Did you know that in the beginning and the end of The Wall album Roger can be heard saying “Isn’t this where ... we came in?”
- Did you know that in an episode of The Simpsons Ned Flanders hallucinates after taking a drug and sees the marching hammers from The Wall?
- Did you know that Roger Waters used to play golf?
- Did you know that Zdeňek Fráz of the Czech PF Fanclub portrayed an American soldier in the 2009 movie 3 Seasons In Hell?
- Did you know that in one of The Simpsons episodes an old man tells Abe Simpson he had tickets for a Pink Floyd show?
- Did you know that The Flaming Lips recorded a cover version of Dark Side Of The Moon in 2009?
- Did you know that certain characters of Final Fantasy VII and the Soul Eater manga-anime are named after Syd Barrett?
- Did you know that although Meddle contains the anthem of Liverpool FC, Waters is a devoted supporter of the London “Gunners” Arsenal FC?
- Did you know that the 12th of May London show, which was part of Roger Waters’ The Wall 2010-2012 Tour was the first time Pink Floyd ever performed live with the Final Cut line-up?
- Did you know that the song “Cíl” from Roman Dragoun’s album “Otlučená srdce” is dedicated to the memory of Richard Wright?
- Did you know that in 1974, PF were preparing album called "Household Object" the only instruments should be ordinary home objects (scotch tape, bucket, cutlery...). They made 3 songs, but they were released during the "Why Pink Floyd" campaign in 2011.
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Vít Benešovský, Jan "Johnny" Petrus