Quiz about Pink Floyd Blues
Quiz about Pink Floyd Blues

Pink Floyd Blues Trivia Quiz


The band that defined an era even as it defied itself, Pink Floyd was unique. If you read the "Rolling Stone" article in the 5 April 2007 edition, you should not hit a wall on this quiz!

A multiple-choice quiz by CariM0952. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
CariM0952
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
259,849
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
5 / 10
Plays
1988
Awards
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Last 3 plays: Guest 185 (9/10), Guest 80 (10/10), Guest 98 (10/10).
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. Roger Waters and Nick Mason first met at Regent Street Polytechnic in London around 1962. For which career were they reading? Hint

Law
Art History
Architecture
Engineering

2. Syd Barrett also left Cambridge and came down to London to study painting. Which school in London did he attend? Hint

Slade School of Fine Art
Royal College of Art
Camberwell Art School
Goldsmith's

3. From 1965 to 1968, Pink Floyd was part of a movement which included Soft Machine, Procol Harum, Tomorrow, Arthur Brown and AMM. What was the name normally given to this movement? Hint

London Blues Scene
Soho Swingers
London Underground
Carnaby Street Underground

4. When was Syd Barrett dropped from the Pink Floyd lineup? Hint

1966
1967
1968
1969

5. What was the working title for the album, "Dark Side of the Moon"? Hint

Eclipse
Blackness
Moonscape
Lunacy

6. In June 1975 Syd Barrett showed up while the band was recording "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". He listened to the music, then accompanied the band to another event. What event was that? Hint

Peter Sutcliffe trial at Old Bailey
Hyde Park rock concert
David Gilmour's wedding
England v India Test Match

7. The dysfunctional relationship between the Pink Floyd band members finally came to a head over the recording of one album, and Roger Waters cancelled all tour dates because of this. Which album was the last one recorded by the group including Waters, Gilmour and Mason, but without Wright? Hint

The Wall
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Animals
The Final Cut

8. The near-original lineup of Pink Floyd, not including Syd Barrett, came together to play at the Live 8 concert in July 2005. The last time they had played on stage together was 1981 - true or false?

True
False

9. Syd Barrett became a loner, a painter who destroyed his paintings. He suffered from diabetes and had lost fingers to amputation and his sight had also suffered. He died in 2006 from what cause? Hint

stroke
heart attack
cancer
overdose

10. Syd Barrett named the band after two rather unknown blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. What was the other influence for choosing the name? Hint

towns - he'd recently visited Pink Hill in NC and Floyd, VA
their local pub was The Floyd, it had pink flocked wallpaper
Syd's cats were named Pink and Floyd
cartoons - The Pink Panther and Floyd the Flamingo


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Roger Waters and Nick Mason first met at Regent Street Polytechnic in London around 1962. For which career were they reading?

Answer: Architecture

Regent Street Poly merged with Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce in 1970 to become the Polytechnic of Central London, which has since been absorbed into the University of Westminster.

If they had stuck to architecture, would there be more brick walls in London?
2. Syd Barrett also left Cambridge and came down to London to study painting. Which school in London did he attend?

Answer: Camberwell Art School

Camberwell Art School, now Camberwell College of Arts and one of the colleges of University of the Arts London, has been developing artists for over 100 years. It shares its premises with the South London Gallery.

Goldsmith's is a college of the University of London. Visual Arts is only one of their departments, which also include such areas of esoteric interest as the Afghanistan Music Unit and the Centre for Visual Anthropology. (They also cover many 'mainstream' fields.)

The Royal College of Art is a public school (for Americans, that means a private school) which only takes postgraduate students. A quick look at a list of notable alumni reads like a "Who's Who" of the visual arts world.

Slade is the art college of University College London. It specialises in contemporary art and research into electronic media as it relates to fine art.
3. From 1965 to 1968, Pink Floyd was part of a movement which included Soft Machine, Procol Harum, Tomorrow, Arthur Brown and AMM. What was the name normally given to this movement?

Answer: London Underground

Probably everyone who does this quiz can sing Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" from memory. The group, which originated in Southend-on-Sea in Essex, UK, has had a great many changes in personnel, but as of 2003 was still recording under the same name.

The Soft Machine made music from 1966 to 1976. Their music tended to instrumentals and psychedelia, with a lot of drum in the beginning. (Their first album had the bonus of driving parents, at least my parents, crazy with the long drum solos.)

"Tomorrow" was a short-lived band which didn't achieve commercial success, except for two singles. One member, Steve Howe, did go on to bigger things when he joined the band "Yes".

Arthur Brown formed his "Crazy World" band and ushered in the age of theatrical makeup and bizarre performances, allegedly having performed in the nude and most definately having performed wearing a helmet which would spout fire (and which once overflowed onto him, a disaster being prevented by some quick-witted spectators who sacrificed their pints of beer to put him out.) Brown played the role of the Priest in the film of the rock opera, "Tommy" and is now an ordained minister. And presumably still a pyromaniac?

AMM is an avant-garde band in which the members vow never to rehearse their music, nor plan their concerts. Their genre is improvisational jazz, and while they are largely unknown they have recorded on the Matchless Recordings label, run by one of their members.
4. When was Syd Barrett dropped from the Pink Floyd lineup?

Answer: 1968

Barrett's descent into the darkness may have been exacerbated by his near-obsessive consumption of LSD, but the end result was he would sometimes stand on stage and look blankly at a wall, not playing or singing or interacting in any way with the band or audience.
5. What was the working title for the album, "Dark Side of the Moon"?

Answer: Eclipse

Their most commercially successful album, "Dark Side" was based on the concept of man's fear of insanity and alienation.
6. In June 1975 Syd Barrett showed up while the band was recording "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". He listened to the music, then accompanied the band to another event. What event was that?

Answer: David Gilmour's wedding

Syd went to the reception with the rest of the band (in the UK, unlike in the US, more people would be invited to a reception than to the wedding itself), then was never seen by them again.
7. The dysfunctional relationship between the Pink Floyd band members finally came to a head over the recording of one album, and Roger Waters cancelled all tour dates because of this. Which album was the last one recorded by the group including Waters, Gilmour and Mason, but without Wright?

Answer: The Final Cut

"Animals" was released in January 1977. "The Wall" followed in November 1979. "The Final Cut" was subtitled, "a requiem for the postwar dream, by Waters, performed by Pink Floyd"; this finally brought matters to a head and the schism between Waters and Gilmour became too great for them to continue working together.

"A Momentary Lapse of Reason" was released by the new Pink Floyd, without Waters in the lineup. (The legal settlement gave the band's name to Gilmour and Mason, while Waters kept "The Wall" and the floating pig prop used at concerts.) It was the band's first album to reach #1 in both the UK and the US.
8. The near-original lineup of Pink Floyd, not including Syd Barrett, came together to play at the Live 8 concert in July 2005. The last time they had played on stage together was 1981 - true or false?

Answer: True

The band members overcame the animosity of many years in order to play for a cause in which they could all believe. It also served to honour the original force behind the group, Syd Barrett.

During the set, Waters said "It's actually quite emotional standing up here with these three guys after all these years. Standing to be counted with the rest of you. Anyway, we're doing this for everyone who's not here, but particularly, of course, for Syd."
9. Syd Barrett became a loner, a painter who destroyed his paintings. He suffered from diabetes and had lost fingers to amputation and his sight had also suffered. He died in 2006 from what cause?

Answer: cancer

Syd died on 7 July 2006 of pancreatic cancer, shortly after he was diagnosed with the disease.
10. Syd Barrett named the band after two rather unknown blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. What was the other influence for choosing the name?

Answer: Syd's cats were named Pink and Floyd

It was the cats. The rest I made up. You'd be surprised how difficult it is to come up with a plausible explanation for two such unrelated words!

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