1967: Pink Floyd Mesmerizes Everyone At American Bandstand With ‘Apples And Oranges’ And Their Interview
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The swinging sixties saw a rise of incredible artists that shaped the rock music of today. Among the talents were the English rock band Pink Floyd, whose progressive rock experimentation made them the face of the genre. While they were utmost popular with their philosophical lyrics and lengthy compositions, but back from where they started, they were pretty much the opposite of these elements.
The group made their historic US TV debut with American Bandstand, a show where legendary Dick Clark hosted in the span of four decades. It was seen as a massive gateway for different bands to become popular with the American audiences and was also an ideal opportunity for the artists to run their promotions.
Pink Floyd performed “Apples and Oranges,” the last track written by then-singer Syd Barrett. Unlike their usual abstract lyrics, the song is mainly a feel-good one about a woman shopping for some items.
Inside the live performance, Barrett seemed to turn into an erratic fella, staring blankly at the cameras, but still managing to provide a refined act. But the early signs of his mental illness feared the other members of his group, as they remained focused while still preoccupied about Syd’s actions that would mark the beginning of an end to his career in music.
The performance ended, and Dick Clark managed to chat with them. Perhaps fearing that any stupid questions would correspond to sarcastic answers, the host tried to ask each member one question, and luckily it ended well.