What Floyd videos exist?
What videos can I find of Pink Floyd?
In addition to what’s listed, the music of Pink Floyd and its members has appeared in several feature films and TV shows of various availability (All My Loving, Music Power, Stamping Ground, Rock ‘n Roll–The Greatest Years: 1967, San Francisco, and Rock City), and members of the group have made several guest appearances at concerts (Live Aid, Deep End, Amnesty International Big 30, The Secret Policeman’s Third Ball, Columbian Volcano Concert, Seville, Walden Woods benefit show, etc.), some of which are available. David Gilmour also did the soundtrack for a BBC show called “The Art of Tripping,” produced by Storm Thorgerson, as well as for “Colours of Infinity” by Arthur C Clarke about fractals.
There have also been a bunch of other short “cameos” like Gilmour on Pop Quiz (several occasions), Saturday Night Live (12dec87), French & Saunders (19apr90) and Ruby Wax (Ruby Takes A Trip [31dec91]). And music from Pink Floyd is used frequently as unofficial “incidentals” on TV shows, news programs, and feature films.
A good list of TV appearances appeared in Record Collector magazine. For a copy of this list, send the commands
send tv-video echoes
to the address “firstname.lastname@example.org”
“Concert Videos and Official Floyd/Solo Releases”
“Pink Floyd: London 66-67” 30 minute video featuring footage of the Floyd at the UFO Club, the Technicolour Dream Extravaganza, and in the studio. Contains “Nick’s Boogie” and “Interstellar Overdrive.” Promo for the “Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London” film.
Available on video: VHS (NTSC/PAL)
KQED Concert There was a PBS “concert” (without an audience) recorded by KQED TV on 29 April 1970. They played “Atom Heart Mother,” “Careful with that Axe, Eugene,” “Cymbaline,” “Green is the Colour,” “Grantchester Meadows,” and “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.”
It has never been commercially released.
“Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii” A “concert” filmed in an ancient amphitheater in Pompeii on October 4th-7th, 1971; with interviews and some studio shots of Floyd working on DSotM which were added later. Features “Echoes,” “Careful With That Axe, Eugene,” “One Of These Days I’m Going to Cut You into Little Pieces,” “Mademoiselle Nobs,” “A Saucerful of Secrets” and “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.”
Available only on video: VHS and laser disc (NTSC/PAL)
“Pink Floyd: The Wall” The film version of The Wall, directed by Alan Parker, starring Bob Geldof. Includes all of The Wall, minus “Hey You,” plus “When The Tigers Broke Free,” and with “Empty Spaces” replaced by “What Shall We Do Now?” New versions of “Mother,” “Bring the Boys Back Home,” and “Outside the Wall.”
New/revised tracks available on video only: VHS, laser disc (NTSC/PAL), and CD-i. A deluxe letterboxed version from a new transfer on LD is now available (in CLV format). Also includes the “Original Theatrical Trailer.”
A laser disc release had additional commentary by Alan Parker in one of the alternative audio channels. A transcript of this has been posted to Echoes by Dave Ward, and is available at http://pfinterviews.cjb.net
A DVD version of The Wall is announced for 1999, and will include the missing footage for Hey You.
“Pink Floyd: The Final Cut EP” Video EP of The Final Cut. Contains “The Gunners Dream,” “The Final Cut,” “Not Now John,” and “The Fletcher Memorial Home.”
Available on video: VHS Hi-Fi (PAL)
“The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking” (Roger Waters) Promotional videos were filmed for “5:01 AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking),” “5:06 AM (Every Stranger’s Eyes),” and “4:41 AM (Sexual Revolution).”
Videos individually broadcast but never released commercially.
“About Face Tour” (David Gilmour) Concert video of Gilmour’s first solo tour, with “Until We Sleep,” “All Lovers are Deranged,” “There’s No Way Out Of Here,” “Short and Sweet,” “Run Like Hell,” “Out of the Blue,” “Blue Light,” “Murder,” and “Comfortably Numb.” With special guest appearances of Roy Harper (“Short and Sweet”) and Nick Mason (drums on “Comfortably Numb”). Also two music videos (“Blue Light” and “All Lovers are Deranged”) and a 30 minute documentary segment.
Available on video: VHS (NTSC)
“Life Could be a Dream” (Nick Mason and Rick Fenn) 30 minute documentary on the life of Nick Mason, directed by Mike Shackleton. Includes footage of Mason participating in various automotive events, and also showing off his collection of Pink Floyd home movies and archive material. The soundtrack consisted of several songs that were later rerecorded for the Mason and Fenn album _Profiles_, as well as a cover of the Crew Cuts’ “Sh-Boom,” with Eric Stewart (Fenn’s bandmate from 10cc) on vocals.
Neither video nor “Sh-Boom” have been released.
“Radio KAOS” (Roger Waters) Four MTV-style videos. Includes “Radio Waves,” “Sunset Strip,” “The Fish Report with a Beat,” “Four Minutes,” and “The Tide is Turning (live).”
Available on video: VHS and laser disc (CAV)
“Delicate Sound of Thunder” Video of the DSoT concert, filmed in August 1988 at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York (with bits from Versailles, France). Video includes “Shine On,” “Signs of Life,” “Learning to Fly,” “Sorrow,” “The Dogs of War,” “On the Turning Away,” “One of these Days,” “Time,” “On the Run,” “The Great Gig in the Sky,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Us and Them,” “Money,” “Comfortably Numb,” “One Slip,” “Run Like Hell,” and “Shine On (reprise)”
Available on audio and video: VHS and laser disc (NTSC/PAL) (PAL versions omit “Money”) Audio versions have slightly modified track lists. Also available as an MPEG-1 “multimedia” CD-ROM/CD-i
“The Wall: Live In Berlin 1990” (Roger Waters) Video of The Wall performance in Berlin. Features Waters and the Bleeding Heart Band, as well as numerous others, performing The Wall, minus “The Show Must Go On” and “Outside the Wall,” and with the additions of “What Shall We Do Now?” and “The Tide is Turning.”
Available on audio and video: VHS and laser disc (NTSC/PAL)
“Knebworth ’90” Pink Floyd played “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” “Sorrow,” “Wish You Were Here,” “The Great Gig in the Sky,” (with Clare Torry) “Money,” “Comfortably Numb,” and “Run Like Hell.”
Available on audio and video: VHS (NTSC/PAL) and laser disc (Audio features “Comfortably Numb” and “Run Like Hell”; the video has SoYCD and RLH.) The full audio is available on Westwood One’s _Superstar Concert Series_. Also, MTV apparently broadcasted the entire concert in the U.S.A. (At least I have had an audio tape of this concert for years that was claimed to be taped from the MTV broadcast).
“La Carrera Panamericana” A movie, produced by Steve O’Rourke (their manager), about a classic auto race up a highway in Mexico. Dave, Steve, Nick, and some other chap all race in the film, which includes some instrumentals and new music from Floyd. Tracks: “Run Like Hell,” “Pan Am Shuffle,” “Yet Another Movie,” “Sorrow,” “Signs of Life,” “Country Theme,” “Mexico ’78,” “Big Theme,” “Run Like Hell,” “One Slip,” “Small Theme,” and “Carrera Slow Blues.”
Available on video only: VHS (NTSC/PAL) and laser disc (Omits “Carrera Slow Blues,” which was only included on the initial BBC broadcast.)
“What God Wants, pt. 1″ (Roger Waters) 20 minute film showing both versions of the video and a short interview with Waters, conducted by Jim Ladd.
Available on Japanese 8” laser disc and VHS (NTSC)
“Pulse” An edited version of the October 20th, 1994 Earls Court concert, first shown via Pay-Per-View. Features “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” “Learning to Fly,” “High Hopes,” “Take it Back,” “Coming Back to Life,” “Sorrow,” “Keep Talking,” “Another Brick in the Wall, pt.2,” “One of These Days,” _The Dark Side of the Moon_, “Wish You Were Here,” “Comfortably Numb,” and “Run Like Hell.”
Available on VHS (NTSC/PAL) and laser disc.
“The Life Story of Percy the Ratcatcher” (1967): Pink Floyd spent some time planning and filming this in June of 1967; a concept film based on the track that became “Lucifer Sam.” But for whatever reason, they never completed the piece.
It has never been released.
“The Committee” (1968): [from Scott Frank — how does he FIND these things?] This movie takes place on the “Planet Craytic,” and features music by Pink Floyd and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The plot has been described as follows: “Fantasy — Murderous hitch-hiker summoned by strange committee.”
Neither audio or video has ever been officially released.
“Tonight Let’s All Make Love in London” (1968): A “documentary” of the underground life in London in the late 60’s. Features a 16-minute version of Interstellar Overdrive, as well as multitudes of interviews.
Two full soundtracks are available: One with bits and pieces of Floyd performing, and the other with the complete “Interstellar Overdrive” and “Nick’s Boogie.”
A “mini-promo” soundtrack is also available on CD, with the complete versions of these two songs.
The 30-minute video of the two Pink Floyd “mini-promo” tracks features the full performances of both songs, and intersplices films of the band performing the tracks in the studio, a UFO club performance, and (non-performance) footage from the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream. Video available as “Pink Floyd: London 66-67” on VHS (NTSC/PAL)
A Day in the life of San Francisco (1968): Pretty much what the title says: A Day in the life of San Francisco, set to the background music of a 15 minute version of Interstellar Overdrive.
The version of Interstellar Overdrive is allegedly recorded in Syd Barrett’s garage.
“More” (1969): [from Geoff Rimmer] Supposedly an anti-drugs film. Naive German guy arrives in Paris, meets up with another guy who shows him around and takes him to a party. He meets a girl there. He goes round her place where she teaches him to smoke grass. They go off to Malta, and sniff coke, drop acid and inject H. The acid makes her freak out, screaming at him, saying he’s the devil etc. The guy is obviously getting addicted to the H — keeps wanting more and more (hence film’s title) and eventually ODs in a dark alley. Available on video: VHS
Soundtrack available as part of Floyd’s regular catalog (but slightly different — lacks “Seabirds” and “Hollywood” found in the movie, and has Dave singing “Cymbaline” (with slightly different lyrics as well). Also note that “Seabirds” in the movie is missing a verse from the song book.
“Zabriskie Point” (1970): [from Toapher] I’m the first one to admit that Z Point is not your mainstream, top quality movie, but that does not mean that it’s not worth seeing. It does move rather slowly and the plot is not what I would call riveting. But what’s important is to understand the era in which it was made. The movie was filmed in 1969. This was near the peak of civil unrest in this country [the US]. While the acting might not be academy award material, the movie is a very accurate portrayal of the trials and tribulations of the youth subculture. We tend to look back at the 60’s in a very romantic light, but the truth is that it must have been a *very* difficult time for everyone. Z Point tries to shed some light on that aspect of the era, rather than just portray it in the “Summer Of Love” way.
In addition, there is a sub-plot that pervades the movie. The words to “Crumbling Land” indicate that The Floyd were aware of this and understood what that sub-plot was about. The female lead worked for a group of land developers who were working on creating a community in the desert. They were trying to take a piece of land that was not capable of sustaining human life and transforming it. This required robbing resources from nearby ecosystems, destroying the natural habitats on the site, and polluting an otherwise clean area. The “famous” sex scene that took place at Zabriskie Point itself was a celebration of the natural beauty and purity of the undisturbed landscape. [end quote]
Available as soundtrack and on video: VHS (NTSC/PAL)
“The Body” (1970) Unconventional biology documentary. Waters co-wrote the score, along with Ron Geesin. Waters also narrated one scene.
Soundtrack (rerecorded) available. Video available on VHS (PAL)
“La Valle” (1972): (also called “The Valley Obscured By Clouds”) [Geoff Rimmer again] A woman wants to obtain some rare bird feathers and goes on an expedition with some guys up a mountain. They are going to search for a place no one has previously mapped (this is because the area is obscured by clouds) called The Valley. The woman gets the feathers, decides to go back alone, changes her mind and continues with the rest in search of The Valley. After much walking they are running out of food and the air is becoming thin — they are exhausted. Then, someone says “I see the Valley.” End of film.
Available on video: VHS
“Crystal Voyager” (1975): A documentary where a waterproof camera is used by surfers to shoot scenes from the inside of a wave. Features “Echoes” in its entirety, and used by the Floyd as a concert backdrop film.
Available on video: VHS
“The Fantastic Animation Festival” (1975) A collection of animated shorts, the first called “French Windows.” Also found on the “Video Anthology,” this was by filmmaker Ian Eames and was accompanied throughout by “One of these Days”.
Available (though out-of-print) on video: VHS
“The Hit” (1984) A British made for TV movie about a hit man sent to pursue Supergrass. Soundtrack by Eric Clapton, with assistance of Roger Waters. A three-minute segment of the soundtrack is circulating as being the three minutes that Roger Waters plays on.
“When the Wind Blows” (1986) Animated film directed by Jimmy Murakami, based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, about an elderly couple who survive a nuclear assault. Roger and the Bleeding Heart Band contributed “The Russian Missile,” “Towers of Faith,” “Hilda’s Dream,” “The American Bomber,” “The Anderson Shelter,” “The British Submarine,” “The Attack,” “The Fallout,” “Hilda’s Hair,” and “Folded Flags.”
Soundtrack available (though rather rare). Available on video: laser disc (out of print), VHS (Live Home Video, 1- 800-326-1977)
“White of the Eye” (1987) British thriller scored by Nick Mason and Rick Fenn. Directed by Donald Cammell, and based on Margaret Tracy’s book, “Mrs. White.”
Available on video: VHS
“Arthur C. Clarke’s Colours of Infinity” (1994) Subtitled “exploring the fractal universe,” this 50 minute video features a David Gilmour soundtrack set to fractal imagery.
Released on video: VHS (PAL)
[ ] 04.3 “Promotional/MTV videos and other ‘shorts'”
First, a list of official promotional videos:
“Apples and Oranges”
“See Emily Play”
“Point Me At The Sky”
“Learning to Fly” (story and live stuff — two versions)
“Dogs of War” (story and live stuff)
“One Slip” (from La Carrera Panamericana)
“On the Turning Away” (from DSoT video)
“One of These Days” (from DSoT video)
“Comfortably Numb” (from DSoT video)
“Welcome to the Machine” (Gerald Scarfe animation)
“Brain Damage/Eclipse” (story)
“Another Brick in the Wall, pt.2” (from Wall movie)
“When The Tigers Broke Free” (from Wall movie)
“A Lie for a Lie”
“All Lovers are Deranged”
“Every Strangers Eyes”
“Radio Waves” (two versions)
“The Tide is Turning (live)”
“What God Wants, pt.1” (lots of animals/studio shots — two versions)
“Take it Back” (nature scenes/story — two versions)
“High Hopes” (concert film)
There are also several rare, rather short official film clips of interest. One is “Syd Barrett’s First Trip,” and is a short 8mm film of just that. It was taken by Nigel Gordon, a student friend of Syd’s. Another is a recording of the Floyd outside Abbey Road Studios in April 1967, after signing their first EMI recording contract. These were released together in a limited edition. There was also a short promotional film for Gilmour’s first solo album, featuring him in the studio performing “No Way,” “There’s No Way Out Of Here,” “I Can’t Breathe Anymore,” and “So Far Away.”
Worthy of mention here was the Floyd’s plan to score an animated series called “Rollo” in 1970. The series was to be about the adventures of Rollo, a young boy, who accompanies “Professor Creator” on quests for rare animals to stock an intergalactic zoo. A pilot show was made, featuring some old Floyd music, but the high-quality animations that were to be the hallmark of the series made the cost too prohibitive, and it was canceled.
Finally, there’s lots of stuff out there in the non-official markets. A popular example of such material is the “Video Anthology” which collects many of the visual works by Pink Floyd. Unfortunately, it is a VoIO, and lacks as much in terms of quality as it does legality. However, here is a listing of bits on the tapes, if only to provide a better idea of what videos Floyd have done. Since these tapes circulate in a variety of track lists, this is simply a listing of what we know was on those tapes in 1995. If you obtain a video anthology, do not be surprised if the tracks on your tape differ from the below list.
Video Anthology Volume 1
“Arnold Layne” (excerpt from promo)
“Interstellar Overdrive” (excerpt from Granada TV)
“Pow R Toc H” (Look of the Week, BBC ’67)
“Astronomy Domine” with Syd and Roger, interview (BBC ’67)
“Interstellar Overdrive” (film of PF in studio, ’67)
“The Scarecrow” (Pathe Newsreel)
“Apples and Oranges” (American Bandstand, US TV ’67)
“Apples and Oranges” (promo — the one with Roger lip-synching)
“See Emily Play” (promo ’68)
“A Saucerful of Secrets” (excerpts from 1968 and mid 70s)
“Let There Be More Light” (excerpt from promo ’68)
“Flaming” (French TV, Feb. 20, ’68)
“Let There Be More Light” (French TV, Oct. 31, ’68)
“Flaming (French TV, Oct. 31, ’68)
“Astronomy Domine” (promo)
“The Scarecrow” (promo)
“Set The Controls…” (Belgian TV, ’68)
“Set The Controls…” (BBC, ’68)
“Point Me At The Sky” (promo)
“It Would Be So Nice” (live excerpt, ’69)
“Sysyphus” (live excerpt, ’69)
“Atom Heart Mother” (Tokyo)
“Cymbaline” (KQED Studios 1970)
“Set The Controls…” (Holland Pop Festival)
“A Saucerful Of Secrets” (Holland Pop Festival)
“Careful With That Axe, Eugene” (Australian TV 1971)
“Set The Controls…” (from “Heart Of The Sun” film — 1973)
“Careful With That Axe, Eugene” (“Superstars In Concert” — 1973)
“Any Colour You Like” (various clips, early 70s)
“Brain Damage/Eclipse” (backdrop film — from MTV Weekend)
“Welcome To The Machine” (backdrop film — from MTV Weekend)
“Pigs On The Wing” (Battersea Power Station)
“The Happiest Days Of Our Lives” (live in London — 1980)
“Another Brick In The Wall, pt.2” (promo)
“Comfortably Numb” (Nassau Coliseum, NY 1980)
“Pink Floyd The Wall” (theatrical trailer)
“When The Tigers Broke Free” (promo)
“The Gunner’s Dream” (from the “Final Cut” video EP)
“The Final Cut” (same as above)
“Not Now John” (same as above)
“The Fletcher Memorial Home” (same as above)
“Learning To Fly” — Version #1 (promo)
“On The Turning Away” (live promo)
“Dogs Of War” (live promo – from Pink Floyd Weekend, I think)
“Signs of Life” (excerpt – from Pink Floyd Weekend on MTV)
“One Slip” (live promo — Italian TV)
“On the Run” (Backdrop film, ’87)
“Run Like Hell” (Unreleased live clip, Atlanta, ’87)
“Yet Another Movie” (Live Venice July 15,’89)
“Shine on You Crazy Diamond” (Knebworth, ’90)
“Take It Back” (Promo, ’94)
“Keep Talking” (live Boston, May 14,’94)
“High Hopes” (promo,’94)
“One Of These Days” (from animated film “French Windows”)
“A Collection Of Great Dance Songs” (TV Commercial)
“A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” (US TV AD)
“Learning To Fly” — Version #2 (promo)
“Win A Plane” (MTV contest)
The Pink Floyd Archives has a list of all known (to Vernon at least) videos, both for Pink Floyd and Solo. These include all known live shows. For more information, see the Pink Floyd Archives website at http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/PFArchives or contact Vernon by e-mail at PFArchives@compuserv.com.
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