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

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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!