On this day 50 years ago Pink Floyd Soundtrack the moon landing

music news 21/07/2019
Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong in reflection Source: Getty

At the exact time of publishing the Apollo 11 Lunar module landed on the moon 50 years ago. Six hours would pass before Commander Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon.

To celebrate and properly commemorate the event the BBC enlisted the help of Pink Floyd to live jam the soundtrack to the landing.

Over a 10-day period the network provided more than 27 hours' worth of material that was about or inspired by the Moon landing.

Pink Floyd were no strangers to the BBC at the time of the landing, having previously appeared in an Omnibus special on the rock scene in England.

When the show was tasked with creating a moon-centric programme for a live broadcast they brought Pink Floyd to live jam to the footage beaming down to earth.

In a 2009 Guardian interview guitarist David Gilmour recalled how they “were in a BBC TV studio jamming to the landing."

There was a panel of scientists on one side of the studio, with us on the other. I was 23.

He also remarked that it seems unlikey that you could see the BBC of today doing the same.

The song from their performance became "Moonhead" and was only officially released in 2016 when included in Pink Floyd's 'The Early Years 1965-1972' box set.

Although the footage and soundtrack had been bootlegged and shared widely before then.