In November 1967, Pink Floyd toured America for the first time, to promote their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. In the first week of their visit, the English band were invited to play ABC Television’s prestigious American Bandstand show, hosted by Dick Clark, to mime to their recently-recorded third single Apples And Oranges. Now a Swedish artist known as Artist On The Border has painstakingly colorised the archive performance, frame-by-frame, bringing new life to the group’s mannered performance.
“I started the project in February 2021,” he reveals. “It ended on the 30th of December 2021. I’m not doing this again, like this.”
While in Los Angeles, Floyd were invited to stay with the Alice Cooper Band, in the group’s shared apartment on Beethoven Street in Venice Beach.
“The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was already a mainstay of our listening,” Cooper told this writer in 2020. “We totally got it, because it was like us, so weird and left-field – we didn’t think anyone else knew who they were. I remember that Glenn Buxton, our guitar player, really bonded with Syd Barrett, because they both used to play guitar through an Echoplex unit: they’d sit in Glenn’s room and get high and play guitar together all night.”
As Cooper recalls, it soon became apparent to all that Syd Barrett was having some mental health issues, which would ultimately cost him his place in the band.
“Syd was in a different headspace,” he recalls. “One night he got onstage, strummed one single chord, and got a shock from his guitar and mic: he stood there like a statue for an hour while the other guys just played around him.”
“I remember one morning I walked into the kitchen and Syd was sitting with a box of cornflakes in front of him, laughing, and he goes, ‘This is really cool, watch them!’” Cooper continues. “I’d no idea what he was talking about, there was nothing to see, but he was so high that he thought that the cornflakes were putting on a little show for him, singing and dancing, and he was having the best time watching them, he thought it was the most entertaining thing on the planet. I left the room and I could hear him laughing to himself for ages. At that point, I kinda had the feeling that he may be on the way to losing his mind…”
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- Pink Floyd - Meddle - 1st - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £45.00, $56.25, €53.10 (New Item) (arrived 19-May-2022 16:12)on May 21, 2022 at 12:56 am
PINK FLOYD Meddle (1971 UK first press 6-track LP with 'Gramophone Co.' label credit, & fully textured gatefold picture sleeve with Patent No. inside bottom right. The sleeve shows just a small split to the bottom seam & light corner creasingwith age. The labels have some spindle marks whilst the vinyl remains Very Good with some noticeable surface marks not upsetting play. Although not mint, this is still an acceptable example at an advantageous price SHVL795)
- Pink Floyd - Take It Back - UK - CD single - Promo - £35.00, $43.75, €41.30 (New Item) (arrived 12-May-2022 11:50)on May 21, 2022 at 12:56 am
PINK FLOYD Take It Back (Scarce 1994 UK 1-track promotional CD, the first single to be taken from The Division Bell, the fourteenth and final studio album by English progressive rock group. Custom 'Radio CD' purple picture sleeve with track information CDEMDJ309)
- Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon -VG/EX - Italian - vinyl LP - £35.00, $43.75, €41.30 (New Item) (arrived 06-May-2022 12:20)on May 21, 2022 at 12:56 am
PINK FLOYD The Dark Side Of The Moon (1977 Italian 2nd pressing 10-track EMI Harvest LP, non laminated gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics across the centre. The sleeve is strictly graded VG/VG+, with a little general ringwear and minor shelfwearscuff marks/light edge rubbing but has no splits or tears. The vinyl remains a beautiful EX/EX+ with very few signs of play, priced advantageously! 3C064-05249)
- Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse Of Reason - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.00, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 07-May-2022 15:08)on May 21, 2022 at 12:56 am
PINK FLOYD A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987 UK 11-track vinyl LP with picture labels, the group's first album after the departure of Roger Waters, gatefold picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner. The sleeve has some minor general wear with a scuff to the top edge but is otherwise in excellent condition, whilst the vinyl has just light cosmetic marks leaving it VG+/EX- EMD1003)
- Pink Floyd - More - 5th - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $31.25, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 07-May-2022 15:26)on May 21, 2022 at 12:56 am
PINK FLOYD More (1978 UK fifth issue of the 1969 13-track stereo vinyl LP on the two EMI box logo label with 'EMI Records' perimeter text, front laminated picture sleeve with East facing couple on the back cover. A fantastic soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder's exploration of drug addiction on the Balearic Island of Ibiza, starring Mimsy Farmer and Klaus Grunberg. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play SCX6346)