I Love Syd Barrett
I used to have to hide my Pink Floyd obsession from my friends. It wasn’t cool, they were classic rock and we didn’t listen to classic rock. My friend Bill and I would listen to them at his parent’s house before we would go practice with our glam/punk/pop band. It was all very hush hush. No one ever went in his room, so they didn’t see the poster he had up of the egyptian pyramids (the one that came with Dark Side of the Moon).
DSOTM is a fine album, but I really liked Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and Saucerful of Secrets. Syd hadn’t gone crazy yet and was writing all of the songs. He had a weird way of playing guitar rhythms and stringing together a melody. For some reason it just appeals to me.
After leaving PInk Floyd he did 2 solo records: The Madcap Laughs, and Barrett. Both excellent. Then in the mid 70’s, he really went off the deep end and wound up moving back in with his mother. He died in 2006. So weird to think of this stylish psych icon living with his mum in Cambridge, hiding from the world after taking too much acid. Sad.
anyways, I wrote a tribute song for Syd. It’s not about him (it’s actually about my wife Nicole), but I tried to write it in the fashion of a song from The Madcap Laughs. I recorded it badly on purpose to give it that sound.