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RIP Syd Barrett

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Double J, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    The Canadian Press just moved a bulletin quoting a Pink Floyd spokeswoman as saying he has died. No other details yet.
  2. lono

    lono Active Member

    Damn. :-[
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member


    Pink Floyd was good without him, but total greatness with.

    How did the crazy diamond make it to 2006 anyway?
  4. patchs

    patchs Active Member

    Shine on
    And doesn't the new PF DVD come out today?
  5. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    See Emily Play
    And now Syd, too

    (Floyd was better in later years without him, though IMO)
    Animals is their greatest record, to date.
  6. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Lunatic Floyd fans will find a way to blame this on David Gilmour.

    Shine on, Syd. Though Floyd was better in its 70s incarnation, until the wheels fell off with The Wall.
  7. Moondoggy

    Moondoggy Member

    From the Times of London:


    Or, if you don't want to follow the link:

    Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett dies at home
    By Adam Fresco

    Times obituary

    Syd Barrett, the founding member of Pink Floyd, has died aged 60 at his Cambridgeshire home where he became a recluse 30 years ago.

    The inspirational guitarist, singer and lyricist founded the band in 1965 and was one of its biggest songwriting talents in the group’s early days.

    But his behaviour became erratic during the psychedelic drug haze of the 1960s and he split with the band in 1968. He has since lived reclusively in Cambridge.

    A spokeswoman for Pink Floyd said: "He died very peacefully a couple of days ago." It has been reported that he died last Friday from complications related to diabetes.

    The band said today that they were "very upset" to learn of his death and that he was the "guiding light" of the early days.

    A spokesman said: "The band are naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett's death. Syd was the guiding light of the early band line-up and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire."

    His brother Alan confirmed his death, saying only: "He died peacefully at home. There will be a private family funeral in the next few days."

    Pink Floyd formed in the 1960s and became one of the most successful groups ever, with worldwide album sales of more than 200 million.

    Known as an album band they had only one No 1 in this country, their iconic hit Another Brick in the Wall.

    Pete Paphides, The Times’s Chief Rock Critic, said that Barrett could be seen in the same context as Van Gogh - a genius who saw things differently to other people.

    "He will be remembered fondly and seen as someone who created compellingly disturbing work. He was a troubled, tortured genius who saw the world differently from the rest of us and we will always be intrigued by that.

    "With his two solo albums you get a real sense that he was someone who was processing what he saw and how his senses perceived things in a different way to the rest of us.

    "Technically he was not a great musician but he was a great artist and one of a kind who deserves his iconic status."

    Barrett is said to have come up with the name for the band by fusing the names of bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council in 1965. He created Pink Floyd with his old friend Roger Waters, and became a huge star at the age of 21. But he could hardly perform during his final days with the band, because he was taking so much LSD.

    When his drug-fuelled behaviour became too much, the band drafted in Dave Gilmour as guitarist, and decided not to pick Barrett up for gigs.

    The song Shine On You Crazy Diamond, written by Waters and performed during the band’s 1974 tour, is an appreciation for the contributions Barrett made to the band.

    It includes the lines "Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun. Shine on you crazy diamond. now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky".

    Gilmour said in an interview earlier this year that he thought that Barrett's breakdown would have happened anyway. He said: "It was a deep-rooted thing. But I'll say the psychedelic experience might well have acted as a catalyst. Still, I just don't think he could deal with the vision of success and all the things that went with it."

    After a period of hibernation, Barrett re-emerged in 1970 with a pair of albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, which featured considerable support from his former bandmates.

    With increasing psychological problems, Barrett withdrew into near-total reclusion after these albums and never released any more material and rarely appeared in public.

    Born Roger Keith Barrett in Cambridge in 1946, he acquired the nickname Syd aged 15.

    He left Pink Floyd in 1968, just as the band was about to achieve worldwide recognition, and lived in the basement of his mother Winfred’s semi-detached house where he boarded up the windows to keep out the eyes of both the press and fans.
  8. Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell

    Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell Active Member

    "Won't you miss me? Wouldn't you miss me at all?"

  9. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

  10. tonysoprano

    tonysoprano Member

    Hey, Syd or post Syd, I'm just thankful for PF. Got three of their CDs, and "Learning to Fly" has been one of my fav songs for a long, long time.
  11. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    I always feel bad for those who discovered Pink Floyd so late in their career that they think the post-Waters music is actually worth a shit. Especially by comparison.

    As for Syd Barrett . . . . a loss which unfortunately was truly felt in the musical community decades ago. His whole life turned into a struggle and a shame, sadly. Would have been fascinating to hear what the band would have been as Waters matured if Barrett was able to keep it together. 

    As for the Wall: I happen to like it, though it lyrically is one of the most disingenuous albums you could ever hear, considering the insane heights of success they reached before spending 90 minutes of great music complaining about how tough it was to be rich and famous. And we all know that album sales are far from an indicator of quality of music, o course.

    RIP Syd Barrett. Unfortunately dead to the world since the Nixon administration.
  12. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Apparently he went back to his original given name, Roger.

    In a related story, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds has decided he wants to be called "Jim" again. No, I'm just kidding. ;)
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