This Was a Real Thing: Pink Floyd Jams to the First Moon Landing

If you had to pick a late 60’s British band to jam to a live telecast of the first moon landing, who would you pick?

The BBC chose Pink Floyd and I can’t say I disagree. Although it would’ve been nice if Syd Barrett had been there too.

From the NY Times:

We were in a BBC TV studio jamming to the landing. It was a live broadcast, and there was a panel of scientists on one side of the studio, with us on the other. I was 23.

The programming was a little looser in those days, and if a producer of a late-night programme felt like it, they would do something a bit off the wall. Funnily enough I’ve never really heard it since, but it is on YouTube. They were broadcasting the moon landing and they thought that to provide a bit of a break they would show us jamming. It was only about five minutes long. The song was called Moonhead — it’s a nice, atmospheric, spacey 12-bar blues.

If you want to read David Gilmour’s brief recollection of the night, go to his blog.