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“Moonhead”Pink Floyd

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Jim honors his space-obsessed five year old self by playing Pink Floyd's "Moonhead." He recalls watching the landing on television as a child, but admits only hearing this song recently- despite decades of Pink Floyd fandom. The improvised track was never included on a Pink Floyd album- it was performed live on the BBC during the Apollo 11 mission. As Jim points out,“The Floyd”were far from superstars at this point. Dark Side of The Moon was still years off in the future. But in the UK they did enjoy cult renown as an interesting outfit obsessed with space thanks to songs like "Astronomy Domine," "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" and "Interstellar Overdrive." Ultimately, there's good reason“Moonhead”didn't become better known- the 12-minute instrumental was upstaged by David Bowie's "Space Oddity," which premiered on the same BBC program.

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