Pink Floyd TV Appearances
This is a list of TV appearances of Pink Floyd directly taken
from Record Collector typed in by Jorritjan Niessink.
- 1965: Cambridge
- Syd Barett and friends are filmed on silent 8 mm walking round
the city, the future Floyd-man apparently in mid magic-mushroom
trip. Incredibly, this footage reached the collector's market
on Vex Films' Syd's First Trip in 1993.
- 1967: San Francisco (film short)
- Film director Antony Stern produced this episodic 15-minute documentary
of a day in the life of the psychedelic city of San Francisco,
while the Floyd improvised a version of Interstellar Overdrive on the soundtrack -- apparently the group's first proper recording.
Audio tapes have circulated among collectors for years, but the
film is much harder to find.
- Pink Floyd London 1966-1967 (See for Miles video)
- Tonite Let's All Make Love In London The See For Miles video,
released last year, includes out-takes from director Peter Whitehead's
feature-length study of swinging London, 'Tonite Let's All Make
Love In London',plus priceless extracts from a 30-minute recording
session of Interstellar Overdrive and the recently unearthed Nick's Boogie, shot on 11th or 12 january 1967. Recorded at Sound Techniques
Studio in Chelsea, London, this session preceded the band's contract
with EMI/ Columbia by two month -- hence its trouble-free release.
Overdubbed with the full soundtrack of both songs, this footage
is interspersed with silent stock shots from the legendary UFO
Club (probably early 1967), again in full colour, as well as black-and-white
audience footage at the '14-Hour Technicolor Dream' (see below).
- 6.3.67: The Rave (Granada TV)
- The Move briefly had their own TV show and Pink Floyd were this
- 7.3.67: Scene Special (alias "It's So Far Out, It's Straight Down!")
- The bourgeoning London underground scene was covered in detail
in this excellent documentary (directed by Jo Durden-Smith), screened
in the Granada region only. Miles, John 'Hoppy' Hopkins, Paul
McCartney and Allen Ginsberg were among the talking heads, while
the Floyd were heard playing an early version of Matilda Mother (then known as Percy The Ratcatcher). Later in the film, they were seen performing Interstellar Overdrive at the UFO club, in footage shot on 20th January 1967.
The entire 29-minute programme still exists in the vaults and
clips of different lenghts and have benn unearthed for various
- 3.67: Arnold Layne (promo film)
- Floyd's first single was riding up the charts, despite being banned
by Radio London, and it was scheduled to be played on "Top Of
The Pops" on 6th April. However, the black-and-white promo film
for Arnold Layne was pulled at the last minute (the single had slipped down the
charts that week) and never broadcast. The film itself features
the band messing about on a windswept beach with a mannequin dressed
up as a bussinessman. It was shown on French TVs 'Bouton Rouge'
on 21st May 1967; and more surprisingly, Roger Waters used the
complete footage on his solo tour in 1987, as did Floyd at Knebworth
- 4.67: EMI Recording Studios, London
- Vex Films' "Syd's First Trip" video - which runs to just 12 minutes
- includes silent, colour 8-mm footage (rumoured to have been
shot by Nick Mason, who is the only band member out-of-shot) outside
Abbey Road studio, after a Piper session, together with co-manager Andrew King and a female fan.
Shots of the group's psychedelic tour van, in the studio car park,
are also included. It has been rumoured that colour film of the
group's EMI contract-signing remains locked in a vault, but like
so much of the early footage, it's never been screened.
- 24.6.67: Percy The Ratcatcher (feature film)
- Widely reported in the music press on this date was Pink Floyd's
aborted film, "The Life Story Of Percy The Ratcatcher". The project
disappeared without trace, as did another project called "Rollo"
- a proposed Floyd cartoon series.
- 29.4.67: Fanclub (Dutch TV)
- This recording for Dutch TV has never surfaced. The band flew
back to England tje same day to perform at the 14 Hour Technicolor
- 29.4.67: 14 Hour Technicolor Dream (BBC-2)
- The infamous "International Times" benefit concert at Alexandra
Palace in north London, this show featured a cast of thousands!
Supposedly filmed in it's entirety, the only lengthy footage ever
seen was shot by Peter Whitehead, and included on the "Pink Floyd
1966-67" video -- and that doesn't even feature the band! Meanwhile,
the BBC filmed the event and even dedicated a whole programme
to it ("Man Alive" -- "What Is A Happening?" 17.5.67), and footage
was syndicated to a number of foreign TV stations including "Bouton
Rouge" (French TV; 2.12.67)
- 14.5.67: Look of the Week (alias "Late Night Up")(BBC-2)
- This trendy late-night arts programme had already an entire show
to the subject of psychedelia. In an effort to keep abreast of
fashion, the producers offered the Floyd their first live nationwide
exposure, after witnessing the group's landmark "Games For May"
event, staged two days earlier at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The
Floyd opened the programme with a brief Pow R Toc H and popped up later in a classic piece of television farce, when
they were patronised by critic Dr. Hans Keller. After a live Astronomy Domine he engaged Waters and Barett in an unintentionally hilarious
discussion regarding their music and its visual presentation ("But
why does it all have to be so loud"). Both songs, and part of
the interview, have been repeated over the years, most notably
on Show 8 of BBC-2's excellent 'Sound Of The Sixties" series in
November 1991. A large portion was also used in Channel 4's "TV
Heaven -- 1967" in 1992. But the first repeat actually came on
the Italian TV station Rai Uno in the mid-80s.
- 6.67: The Scarecrow (Pathe newsreel)
- Pathe shot a surreal, three-minute colour film of the group goofing
around in the Suffolk countryside. This film, complete with its
"two farmers and their mullards" introduction (!), is generally
in wide circulation.
- 6.7/13.7/20.7.67: Top Of The Pops (BBC-1)
- Riding high in the charts with See emily Play, Pink Floyd finally qualified for a place on "TOTP". Tragically,
the BBC apparently managed to wipe the footage in 1972/1973, when
they moved their archives to Brentford and apparently dumped two
out of every three "TOTP" shows. Floyd performed live on three
successive shows, and each time Syd Barrett appearing more dishevelled,
finally complaing that if John Lennon didn't have to appear on
the show, then why should he? To everyone's dismay, not even pirate
copies of these shows have surfacedm although at least one is
said to exist in the States. Photos like the splendid colour shot
on the Barrett "Unforgotten Hero" bootleg remain the only documentation
of these events.
- 9.7.67: The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London
- According to Miles "Visional Documentary" book, this gig was filmed
for BBC-2, but nothing has been broadcasted, or is even rumoured
to exist, to prove it.
- 17.7.67: Come Her Often? (Rediffusion TV)
- Rediffusion TV made a 30-minute documentary about DJ Mike Quinnin
of the Tiles Club in Oxford Street, London. It is believed Pink
Floyd footage was included in the show, performed on 16th June.
- 19.7.67: Floral Hall, Norfolk (BBC TV)
- A local newspaper clipping states that a BBC News film crew were
present at this show, but nothing has yet sufaced.
- 1/2.8.67: German TV
- Floyd were filmed on these dates for an unknown German TV show.
- 10-13.9.67: Scandinavia
- Pink Floyd apparently made several TV appearances in Denmark and
Sweden during this brief visit.
- 18.9.67: Belgian TV
- Nothing concrete is known about the Belgian "TV Spectular" based
around Pink Floyd, reported in the music press at the time.
- 17-20.67: German/Belgian TV
- The 7th October edition of "NME" reported that Floyd would be
appearing on TV in these countries, as well on Dutch TV between
8th-12th November. Nothing more is known about these shows.
- 5.11.67: Pat Boone Show (CBS-TV, USA)
- This is the most fanous early Floyd TV appearance, even though
it's never been since its original broadcast. Pink Floyd head
off to the States for a November tour, which was a disaster from
the word go, with several dates cancelled and rescheduled due
to to late arrival of of permits. Syd Barrett, suffering from
what was later described as nervous exhaustion, failed to perform
to any consistent standard, and the band were recalled to England.
On this occasion, Barrett stared blankly at Boone during a Q&A
session and later remained motionless as they mimed See Emily Play, his arms hanging limply by his side as he refused to mouth the
words. Roger Waters spared Boone's embarrassment by stepping up
to the mike.
- 6.11.67: American Bandstand (ABC-TV, USA)
- This second American TV performance followed the format of the
previous day's show. After minming to See Emily Play the group participated in an insane Q&A session with host Dick
Clark. This was followed by a mimed performance of their latest
single, Apples And Oranges. A poor quality B&W film of the latter song has recently surfacedm
but the rest of the show remains unseen since its original transmission.
The visual evidence of Syd's wasted stat confirms that his days
with the band indeed were numbered.
- 25.11.67: Opera House, Blackpool (BBC TV)
- A camera crew showed up for this Hendrix/Move/Floyd/Nice package
tour date, ostensibly to film Hendrix for a forthcoming Track
Records feature. Whether director Peter Neal shot footage of the
other acts is open to conjecture.
- early 1968: Belgian TV (BRT-TV)
- Shortly after Barrett's departure (although some insist it was
before), the group flew to Belgium for a series of gigs with new
guitarist Dave Gilmour (either permanently replacing and/or deputising
for an ailing Syd, depending on whom you believe). A series of
short B&W promo films was produced for broadcast there, each showing
Roger Waters handling Barrett's vocals. In circulation are >>See
Emily Play<< (shot in a field), >>Appless and Oranges<< (in a
greengrocer's), >>Scarecrow<< (filmed around an ancient bath,
adjacent to the 'Emily' field!) and >>Astronomy Domine<< (in the
studio, complete with liquid light show). 'Emily' surfaced commercially
on the "Rock'n'Roll Years 1967, Vol. 1" video. A one-minute segment
of >>Set The Controls<< is also in circulation, having been used
in the 1994 "Omnibus" documentary. It consists of Waters miming
to the record in a TV studio. A similar two-minute segment of
>>A saucerful Of Secrets" is believed to come from German TV.
- 1968: The Committee (feature film)
- A bizarre B&W art film starring Paul Jones, directed by Peter
Sykes, and featuring an original Pink Floyd score, this was withdrawn
from general release after unfavourable media previews. Also around
this time, the band were featured in a similar film performing
an unknown instrumental, which was interspersed with odd mirrored
images of people's faces. This colour footage was included in
Nick Mason's as-yet- unreleased video history of the band.
- 1.68: Tomorrow's World(BBC TV)
- Broadcast on either the 3rd or 10th of January 1968, a clip of
this incredibly rare footage was shown as part of last year's
"Omnibus" broadcast. The film was shot at the very end of 1967
and was built around their old landlord, Mike Leonard, who made
lightmachines. The band were present to illustrate the sound/
light technique and were seen performing an unknown instrumental
reported in the press as being penned by Waters and Mason. It
was Leonard's early involvement with members of the band that
led to their adopting the name "Leonard's Lodgers" in the very
early part of 1966.
- 20.02.1968: Bouton Rouge (French TV)
- Two poor quality films recorded in Paris were unearthed recently.
They featured Floyd performing >>Astronomy Domine<< and >>Flaming<<
live in the TV studio.
- 24.2.1968: Bouton Rouge (French TV)
- This is where dates become uncertain and further research is required.
The excellent French book, 'Le livre de Pink Floyd', has many
rare and previously unpublished photos from French TV studios
in France, but none is dated. A live studio version of >>Set The
Controls<< was supposedly shown on this date and rebroadcasted
on 11th May.
- 11.3.68: Discorama (French TV)
- A short band interview was shown on this date.
- 4.68: It Would Be So Nice (promo film)
- A colour promotional film was made for this Rick Wright-penned
single, featuring the band miming to the song in what looks like
Abbey Road's No. 2 studio. Although rarely seen at the time, the
film (like all Floyd promos) now circulates unofficially.
- 31.8.68: Tous En Scene (French TV)
- A seven-minute clip of >>Let There Be More Light<< and >>Flaming<<
is the only live show in circulation from this period. It features
the band in front of an audience, but the location is unknown
and typically there's no sign of the famous light show.
- 7.9.68: Samadie Et Cie (French TV)
- Two Films of >>Let There Be More Light<< and (of all things) >>Corporal
Clegg<< were broadcast. Not much is known about this broadcast
but it is believed to have been repeated on 21.9.68.
- 1968: Corporal Clegg (promo film)
- For reasons unknown, Pink Floyd were invited by the Ministry Of
Information to make a promo film. Little is known about the results,
which are presumably locked away in a civil service fault, but
judging by the record the Salvation Army band sequence must have
been a laugh to recreate live!
- 3.10.68: The Tyrant King (ITV)
- The nationally-syndicated ITV children's adventure series "The
Tyrant King" began on this date and featured music from Pink Floyd
as well as Cream, Nice Moody Blues and Tyrannosaurus Rex. No shows
seem to have survived, though, and it's unlikely that the music
was specially commisioned for the series.
- 10.68: Point Me At The Sky (promo film)
- A four-minute colour and B&W promo is in circulation of Pink Floyd's
last single release for 11 years. It shows the band at an airfield
dressed up in aircrew jump suits, plus flying sequences with a
Tiger Moth. The clip has been repeated many time on European TV
in the last decade.
- 21-22.10.68: German TV
- Music press reports indicated that Pink Floyd set off for Germany
to make two TV specials. Unfortunately that is the extent of our
- 31.10.68: Tous En Scene (French TV)
- This promotional exercise for the new single was probably a live
TV studio performance, although it may have been recorde at the
Club Tournee in Paris the previous night. Either way, it's another
gem in the archives.
- 3.11.68: All My Loving (BBC-2)
- Billed as a "film of pop music", Tony Palmer's "All My Loving"
featured everyone under the sun, including the Who, Beatles, Hendrix
and Zappa. Pink Floyd's segment had them performing a three-minute
"Set The Controls" in an eerie setting of a church -- extracts
from which have been used by the BBC on many occasions since.
The entire show was last repeated in 1977, while the Floyd sequences
were included in Show 10 of "Sound of The 60's" in 1991.
- 31.12.68: Suprise Partie (French TV)
- Recorded over several nights at the Psychedelic Club, Paris, this
programme featured performances by Joe Cocker, the Who and the
Stones. Pink Floyd's slot is believed to come from their show
at the club on New Year's Eve, but is again unconfirmed.
- 22.1.69: Tous en scene (French TV)
- Another unique film, featuring >>Careful With That Axe Eugene<<.
- 15.2.69: Forum Musiques (French TV)
- A film of >>Set The Controls<< was broadcast, but whether or not
it was different to those mentioned before remains a mystery.
- 16.6.69: Soiree dim dam dom (French TV)
- Original Floyd material was broadcast, but no-one knows exactly
- 20.7.69: Omnibus (BBC-1)
- The BBC's "Omnibus" series documented the Apollo 11 space mission
in a programme entitled "What If It's Just Green Cheese?". Pink
Floyd performed live in the studio, providing suitably spacey
music throughout the programme. Collector have had audio tapes
of this for several years and refer to the music as "Moonhead".
The band claim they improvised the entire six-minute instrumental
- 19.9.69: Samedie et cie (French TV)
- A unique film of >>Cymbaline<< was broadcast.
- 21.10.69: Mont de l'Enclus, Belgium (concert film)
- Listed by many collectors as the Amouges Pop & Jazz Festival,
the Mont De L'Enclus 'Actuel Festival' in Belgium featured Pink
Floyd among many other acts. It was particularly interestingm
as it featured a guest appearance by Frank Zappa and was captured
on film in the "Music Power" documentary; photographs of the event
have also appeared in many publications. However, since some private
screenings later that year, no footage has come to light.
- 30.3.70: Bourget, France (French TV)
- 'Le Festival Musique Evolution' at the Hall des Expositions in
Bourget, featured Pink Floyd among other performers. Extracts
were shown on French TV on 16th April 1970
- 29.4.70 KQED (USA TV)
- At the start of their fisrt US tour of the year, Floyd were videotaped,
with filmed shots inset, for broadcast on the Bay Area PBS educational
channel on the same day as their show at Fillmore West, San Francisco.
The 2 events are often confused, but the 58-minute film in general
ciculation clearly shows no audience or light show. The band ran
through thier usaul set of the day: >>Atom Heart Mother<<, >>Cymbaline<<,
>>Grantchester Meadows<<, >>Green Is The Colour<<, >>Careful With
That Axe, Eugene<< and >>Set The Controls<<. It remains the only
full-length show (in good quality, but mono sound) available on
film from this era.
- 28.6.70: Stamping Ground (concert film)
- Pink Floyd's set at the Kralingen Pop Festical (Kraalingse Bos,
Rotterdam) in Holland followed a 3.00 am performance at the Bath
festival the night before. As usual at festivals, Floyd were unable
to use their own light show, and the 10-minute clips of >>Set
The Controls<< and >>Saucerful<< suffer from poor lighting. Though
the whole concert has never been made available, Floyd's clips
were included on the "Stamping Ground" movie, subsequently released
on video but deleted here in 1984. The Floyd excerpts recently
cropped up on the slightly different "Psychomania" videos issued
in Britain ans Australia, however, while "Stamping Ground" remains
available in the Sates.
- 18.7.70: Hyde Park (private film)
- The second Hyde Park free concert at which Pink Floyd performed
was captured on film by art-school students but never officially
broadcast. Adverts in "Melody Maker" shortly after the event indicate
that there were two public screenings towards the end of the month.
- 26.7.70: Antibes, Juan le Pins, France (French TV)
- Pink Floyd performed at the "X1 Festival International de Jazz"
in Antibes. Segments were filmed by French TV and braodcast on
22.8.70, but no footage has been aired since.
- 8.8.70: St.Tropez, France (French TV)
- The 'San Tropez Music Festival' has been available in part on
audio tape for many years, but the French TV footage remains as
elusive as ever. Parts were shown on French TV on 10.10.70, and
repeated on 24th October.
- 12.9.70: Paris France (French TV)
- The annual 'Fete de l'Humanite' in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris,
featured Pink Floyd as the only contemporary international rock
band on the bill. Once again, the event was filmed by French TV
but this time never broadcast.
- 4-5.12.70: French TV
- Unconfirmed recordings for French TV are reported.
- 1971: Le Ballet de Marseille (French TV)
- In 1971 Pink Floyd and Roland Petit collaberated on a ballet which
would be feature Floyd's. An original source was origanally intended,
but the final music proved to be more familiar. Tantalising footage
exist of the Flooyd performing >>Careful With That Axe, Eugene<<
and >>Set The Controls<< as Petit's ballet takes place just in
front of them. Is is highly liked that the whole performance exists,
but a one-minute clip is all that's in circulation. French TV's
'Soiree' reportedly broadcast clips on 2.1.71 (see also 14.1.73
- 1971: Crystal Voyager (feature film)
- This feature film was based around the delights of surfing and
included a slightly differnt version of >>Echoes<< on the soundtrack.
No live footage of the band was seen, but the film of wave tunnels
seen from the board has formed the backdrop to many Pink Floyd
- 28.2.71: Pop 2 (French TV)
- Another broadcast of >>Set The Controls<<. The source is unknown
and could be from any number of locations.
- 15.6.71: French TV
- A clip of >>Cymbaline<< was reportedly broadcast from an unknown
location in Paris.
- 15.8.71: Get To Know (Australian TV)
- Pink Floyd's only visit to Australia in the 70s, consisting of
just two shows, was captured on film ar their second show at Randwick
Racecourse in Sydney. The extract in cirulation was shot in daylight
and features >>Careful With That Axe, Eugene<< with music dubbed
from "Ummagumma". A pre-recorded band-interview was also shown
at the timeof broadcast but remains in the vaults.
- 8.71: Japenese TV
- This clip features >>Atom Heart Mother<< performed live in daylight
at an open- air festival at Hakone Aphrodite, Kanagawa, Tokyo
(on either the 6th or 7th). The 15-minute poor quality clips in
circulation are B&W but are evidently washed out from a colour
original. Some copies show scenes of the band arriving at the
- 23.2.72: Guildhall, Southhampton (concert film)
- Known to have been filmed by the BBC, this never-aired footage
would include Floyd performing an early version of "The Dark Side
Of The MOON".
- 22.9.72: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (concert film)
- Originally shot on 8-mm cinefilm, this 23-minute video contains
short clips from "Dark Side Of The Moon", >>Echoes<< and ohter,
with the sound dubbed on later. The quality in dubious with some
camera shake. However, it is in colour, contains reasonable close-ups
and captures some of the spirit of those early "Dark Side" shows.
A similar quality three-minute clip of >>Breath<< from the Spectrum,
Philedelphia on 29.4.72 is also in circulation.
- 1973: Sound Of The City -- Lonodon 1964-1973 (Colombia Pictures
- Peter Clifton;s documentary, which also includes Hendrix, the
Stones, Cream, etc. features a dynamic live version of >>Careful
With That Axe, Eugene<< from an unknown source, filmed in the
early 70s, perhaps in 1973. In the late 80s, Telstar issued the
film on video as "Superstars in Concert", but collectors have
long since had an uncut 18-minute version of >>Careful<<, and
an unreleased version of >>Set The Controls<<, which suffers from
a bad video transfer. Other brief clips from the same show (previously
thought to be from Earl's Court 18.5.73) were included on the
recent "Omnibus" broadcast. For the first time, official footage
of the band gave some impression of the impact of their renowned
- 14.1.73: Le Pink Floyd Ballet (French TV)
- When Roland Petit re-staged his Pink FLoyd ballet in Paris in
January 1973, French TV filmed the whole thing -- Minus the band.
The 39-minute show, generally in good colour, features >>One Of
These Days<<, >>Careful With That Axe, Eugene<<, >>Obscured By
Clouds/When You're In<< and >>Echoes<<.
- 5.4.73: Old Grey Whistle Test (BBC-2)
- An animated promo for >>One Of THese Days<< was shown on 'OGWT'.
Quite why is anyone's guess, as it didn't coincidence with an
album release, but the five-minute colour clip in circulation
is of high quality.
- 1974: Backdrop Films
- Pink Floyd's infamous circular screen made its debut on their
French tour of June 1974. These original colour brackdorp films
have been commonly available for several years and show clips
intended for use on sections of "The Dark Side Of The Moon". The
footage in circulation runs for around 20 minutes.
- 4.75: Sports Arena, Los Angeles
- A 17-minute transfer from 8-mm cinefilm with dubbed sound is in
circulation. Typically this contains short extracts from the show
with some close-ups. It gives some flavour of the '75 tour, but
with camera shake and washy colour it is less than ideal.
- 12.76: Pigs On The Wing (promo film)
- When Pink Floyd were shooting cover and promotional images for
their 1977 album "Animals", they arranged for an inflatable pig
to fly around the chimney towers of Battersea Power Station in
London. A two-minute colour film in very good quality, shot from
a circling helicopter, is commonly available and was used by Roger
Waters on his 1984 and 1987 tours.
- 1.2.77 Stadthalle, Vienna (concert film)
- 6.5.77 Anaheim Stadium, California (concert film) Another 8-mm-transfer
with dubbed sound, this represents the only footage available
on the 1977 tour. Twenty and nine minutes respectively. The colour
footage gives a vaque impression of these spectecular shows, and
the American clip demonstrates just how enterprising Californians
were in the 70s.
- 27.02.80: Nassau Colliseum, New York (concert film)
- To every collector's surprise, this proffesionally shot video
(three cameras) suddenly surfaced in 1993. Fans had previously
presumed that none of the North America "The Wall" shows existed
on video. The video has very good mono sound, but even low-generation
copies suffer from a very murky picture and many of the effects
and indeed the wall itself, are very indistinct. Roger Waters
has always said that any video of this most famous of Floyd shows
would barely do it justice, and this seems to bear him out. However,
two short clips from Europeam shows (Earls Court and Dortmund),
occasionally used in promos or documentaries, look most acceptable
in terms of sound, picture and camera angles.
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