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On June 16th, 1967, Pink Floyd released their second single, “See Emily Play.” The psychedelic pop tune, which was written by the group’s original frontman Syd Barrett, was a far-out taste of what The Floyd had in store for people with their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, which would be released later that summer. (Piper was Barrett’s last full album with Pink Floyd, as he was asked to leave the group in 1968 because of his erratic behavior.)
While the single wouldn’t actually make it on the U.K. pressing of the full-length (though it did appear as the opening track on the U.S. release), upon its release it became a Top 10 U.K. hit for the band.
Fittingly, Pink Floyd were invited to perform the single on BBC’s Top of the Pops. The BBC filmed the band playing “See Emily Play” three times over the course of a few weeks in July. It’s reported that by the final taping Barrett was so dissatisfied by the experience that he delivered a lackluster performance, which caused the BBC to ultimately scrap the shows. Thankfully, in the years since, the British Film Institute recovered some of the original footage and was able to compile it for posterity. See that captivating psychedelic time capsule above, and watch Floyd's official "See Emily Play" video below.