Pink Floyd Trivia: 17 fun facts about the band!

14. Lead singer Syd Barrett named the band by fusing together the names of two East Coast blues men known for their bass-driven finger-picking style of play – Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

15. Nick Mason, who rarely received a songwriting credit despite appearing on every Pink Floyd recording, is the group’s only published author. He’s released a book on classic cars (1998’s ‘Into the Red’) and a personal history of Floyd (2004’s ‘Inside Out’).

16. Stanley Kubrick asked to license the title track from ‘Atom Heart Mother’ for the soundtrack to ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ but Pink Floyd declined when the director indicated that he wanted to dismantle the song for use throughout the film.

17. Clare Torry’s vocal on ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’ was completely improvised. ‘We told her … think about death, think about horror, which she did,” co-writer Richard Wright once said. “And out came this wonderful vocal.”

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