Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Syd Barrett

Apparently Syd Barrett passed away a few days ago at the age of 60. I'm sure Mike will contribute something about Syd and I'll try to write more when I have time. But Syd Barrett's influence on music as we currently know it is huge. Besides being the leader and main songwriter for Pink Floyd's most psychedelic era (and I would argue best), Syd released two fantastic solo albums, "The Madcap Laughs" (my favorite) and "Barrett". By the time these albums were recorded, Syd was already a wreck from mental illness and drug use. In fact, rumor has it that quite a bit of those albums were recorded with David Gilmour following Syd around while he played the songs wandering the studio. Unfortunately, this was the last music the world ever got to hear from Syd Barrett.

In addition, Syd Barret was the inspiration behind the Pink Floyd album "Wish You Were Here", especially the song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." While I appreciate the entire Pink Floyd discography, there's just something present with "Pipers at the Gates of Dawn" that's missing from all subsequent releases. Obviously that something is Syd Barrett. It's just a shame that someone as talented as Syd Barret was not more profilic. However, he did change the face of music for the better. And he provided me with enough music. When I get home tonight, I'm gonna put on my Syd Barrett t-shirt, pop in "The Madcap Laughs" and have a drink. Thanks Syd!

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Blogger Mike K said...

Damn, you got a Syd Barrett t-shirt? That rocks! Sigh. It is really quite sad even though he has not done anything for a long time.

I really wish I could see some of his paintings.

7/11/2006 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Syd Fan said...

"I really wish I could see some of his paintings"

Some of his paintings:

7/11/2006 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger melanaise said...

shine on you crazy diamond....I love pink floyd. I have a silly pink shirt with freud on it and it says pink frued.

but that is just because I am a big dork.

great post... :-)


7/11/2006 10:11:00 PM  

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