Listen To Pink Floyd’s 1970 Soundtrack For Drama Flick “Zabriskie Point”
Pink Floyd composed a couple of film scores early on in their career – for the 1968 noir The Committee, the 1969 drama romance More, the 1971 La Vallée, and for the 1970 Zabriskie Point. The band had to stay at a hotel in Rome for almost a month while working on the soundtrack for director Michelangelo Antonioni’s movie. And it was no easy feat. According to Roger Waters, they would’ve completed the score in a week or less if it wasn’t for Antonioni’s regular music changes.
Pink Floyd wrote eight songs for Zabriskie Point but Antonioni only used three of those. At one point, they were supposed to be the only composers for the soundtrack but as it turned out, Antonioni included tracks from other artists like Roy Orbison (who provided the theme song), Jerry Garcia, The Kaleidoscope, the Rolling Stones, The Youngbloods, and Patti Page. American composer John Fahey also flew in to Rome to record songs but none of them were used. Even The Doors recorded “L’America” for Antonioni but it was rejected.
One of Pink Floyd’s songs, The Violent Sequence which Antonioni rejected for being too subdued, ended up becoming Us and Them featured on their 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon.
Listen to these musical gems below.