What Does “Pink Floyd” Mean?

Whether it’s rock or deep house, music has always played a big part in my life. And that means that i have a toooooon of “favorite bands” – from Laidback to Amorphis. But if i had to choose one band, one band only, that would be hands down, Pink Floyd.

Without a second thought. But have you ever wondered what does Pink Floyd mean? Where did this groundbreaking English band get its name?

Well, for all of you Floyd fans out there, here’s the story. (the article continues after the ad)

The name was coined as a combination of the names of two blues musicians: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council:

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But there is dispute as to who created it. Several sources claim that it was Syd Barrett himself who came up with the name as he had some records of the two musicians in his collection. According to these sources, Syd Barrett created the name when the band was still called Tea Set when he found out that another band, also called Tea Set (yep, they are Brits alright), were to perform at one of their concerts.

However, others claim that the one who named the band most probably didn’t have any Pink Anderson or Floyd Council records as they were in fact, extremely rare. According to these sources, it was Stephen Pyle who came up with the name and not Syd Barrett, after seeing the names on the liner notes of a popular compilation album by Blind Boy Fuller. For those of you who don’t know, Stephen Pyle who was the drummer on Syd’s ex-band “Those Without” and he actually thought of the name Pink Floyd for their band before settling with “Those Without”. 

Whatever the case, we may not be entirely sure who created the name but at least now you know where it comes from.

If you like what you read, then you will definitely love this one: What Does Rammstein Mean?



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Sources: The Complete History Of Pink Floyd | Step It Up And Go

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