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Pink Floyd Radio Play on the BBC and Pick the Ultimate Pink Floyd Playlist

Posted August 22nd, 2013 by PFO Staff

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The BBC have contacted us asking to share this with PFO readers:

At 10pm on Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting a landmark new play written by Sir Tom Stoppard to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon.

Not wanting to miss out, we’re joining in the fun with an extra special Now Playing, where we want you to help us create the Ultimate Pink Floyd Playlist.

Our show will simulcast on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music from 8pm for two hours, right before Darkside is premiered – which boasts Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell amongst the cast – and we need you to help us pick tunes worthy of such a prestigious playlist.

Dark Side of the Moon has not only one of the most iconic album covers of all time, it’s also a record that has helped define the band as well as the era, and has since been cited by a number of leading musicians and acts as one of their biggest influences.

So what must be included in such a playlist? Only you can decide:

You pick the music. The ways you can get in touch are by commenting on our blog or Facebook page, by Tweeting using #Darkside, adding a track to our collaborative Spotify and Rdio playlists or by emailing us at nowplaying@bbc.co.uk.

And to give you a taster of what to expect from Darkside after The Ultimate Pink Floyd Playlist wraps up, check out this amazing trailer especially created for the BBC by the Oscar-winning Aardman Animations (See video above)

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This is so Cool

Posted July 5th, 2013 by PFO Staff

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In June of 1973, Pink Floyd were performing on the Dark Side tour at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium, and the venue policy was to use only in-house staff who were more used to covering ice hockey events.

Using new animation and an actual recording of Pink Floyd lighting designer Arthur Max, it shows him grappling with the technical challenge of working with a brand-new follow-spot crew.

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Pink Floyd Album Cover Designer Storm Thorgerson Dies Aged 69

Posted April 18th, 2013 by PFO Staff

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British graphic designer was responsible for some of the most memorable album artwork of all time

Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Storm Thorgerson, the British graphic designer behind some of the most memorable album covers of all time, including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69.

Pink Floyd Album Covers Designed by Thorgerson

A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) Ummagumma (1969) Atom Heart Mother (1970) The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) Wish You Were Here (1975) Animals (1977) A Collection of Great Dance Songs (1981)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988) The Division Bell (1994) P*U*L*S*E (1995), including the blinking LED light that was featured in early CD packaging. Relics re-release (1996) Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81 (2000) Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001)

Thorgerson designed almost all albums in Pink Floyd’s catalog.

In a statement, Thorgerson’s family said:

Yes, Storm has died. He passed away, on Thursday 18th April in the afternoon. His ending was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends. He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003. He was in his 70th year. He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia.

A childhood friend of the founding members of Pink Floyd, he became their designer-in-chief, most famously creating the prism spreading a spectrum of colour across the cover of The Dark Side of the Moon, which became one of the bestselling albums of all time. His artwork for the band also included the lonesome-looking cow on the cover of Atom Heart Mother, the burning businessman on the sleeve of Wish You Were Here, and the giant pig flying over Battersea power station on the cover of Animals.

Storm Thorgerson – Did you know…

  • Many have called him ‘the 6th member of Pink Floyd’
    Certainly his visuals for Pink Floyd and others have played an essential part in the psyche of rock and roll culture.
  • He was a life-long friend of the Floyd
    Storm Thorgerson first met future members of Pink Floyd while all of them were schoolboys in Cambridge. Was teenage friends with David Gilmour and best man at his 1994 wedding to Polly Samson. The most recent work he did for Floyd was the ‘Oh, by the Way‘ box set released in 2007. Thorgerson also designed the ‘Shine On‘ 1992 box set.
  • Many of his designs are notable for their surreal elements
    They often look like drawings, or that they must be computer altered in some way or another, but in reality are actual photographs where no camera tricks or after effects were used. For example, for the cover of Wish You Were Here, the man on the right is a real person, who was actually set on fire.
  • He had an expansive body of work
    In addition to designing almost all Pink Floyd’s official releases, Thorgerson also designed album covers for other notable bands including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Phish, and others. Author Douglas Adams (‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’) called him “the best album designer in the world”

David Gilmour said in a statement:

We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep’s Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed. He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work. I will miss him.

The official Pink Floyd website also has a statement:

“We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.”

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Roger Waters on ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ on Comedy Central

Posted January 15th, 2013 by PFO Staff

Pink Floyd Video of the Week

I turned on the TV to watch one of my favorite shows and there was Roger Waters – I didn’t even know he was going to be on the show! We’ve made Roger Waters’ appearance on The Daily Show our Pink Floyd Video of the Week.

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Fan Submission for Video of the Week: A Fantastic Acoustic Version of “Breathe” by David Gilmour

Posted January 2nd, 2013 by PFO Staff

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Thanks to Tomasz Szczegóła for this weeks Pink Floyd Video of the Week suggestion! Would you like to pick next weeks? Send me a link to the vid!

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