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Published on Oct 11, 2009
UPDATE: The British Film Institute have recovered two episodes of 'Top Of The Pops' from July 1967 featuring Pink Floyd performing 'See Emily Play'. Click here to read the news - http://missingepisodes.proboards.com/...
It is my pleasure to give you a once thought to be lost, Pink Floyd / Syd Barrett era audio track.
See Emily Play - Live on 7/6/1967. Recorded for "Top Of The Pops" at BBC 1 T.V. Studios, London. Live Vocals by Syd Barrett recorded over the pre-existing See Emily Play track.
Although the footage is lost due to archive elimination, I have managed to obtain the live vocal track of Syd singing over See Emily Play. This is the closest you will ever get to hearing See Emily Play live. truly psychedelic...
The Pink Floyd's second appearance on 'Top of the Pops', July 6 1967
Roger Waters: "When 'Emily' was a hit and we were (number #3 in the pop charts) for three weeks, we did 'Top Of The Pops', and the third week we did it he didn't want to know. He got down there in an incredible state and said he wasn't gonna do it. We finally discovered the reason was that John Lennon didn't have to do 'Top Of The Pops' so he didn't (either)."
Peter Jenner: (On the Pink Floyd's 'Top of the Pops' appearances) "The first time Syd dressed up like a pop star. The second time he came on in his straightforward, fairly scruffy clothes, looking rather unshaven. The third time he came to the studio in his pop star clothes and then changed into complete rags for the actual TV spot."
Footage: 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.