Thursday, January 3, 2008

Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett, the founder of Legendary Pink Floyd, is one amazing character. The frontman of the group wrote the first three singles for the band, Arnold Layne, See Emily Play, and Apples and Oranges. Barrett also was the mastermind behind the album "Piper at the Gates of Dawn". During the success of this album, Barrett's increased use of psychedelics (mostly LSD), propelled him toward long term psychiatric problems.

There are many stories about Barrett's bizarre behaviour. According to Roger Waters, Barrett came into what was to be their last practice session with a new song he had dubbed "Have You Got It Yet?". The song seemed simple enough when he first presented it to his band-mates, but it soon became impossibly difficult to learn: while they were practicing it, Barrett kept changing the arrangement. He would then play it again, with the arbitrary changes, and sing "Have you got it yet?". After more than an hour of trying to "get it", they realized they never would and that they were simply bearing the brunt of Barrett's idiosyncratic sense of humour.

Before Barrett was expelled from the band he wrote two songs that were never officially released. These two songs were "Scream Thy Last Scream" and "Vegetable Man". In March 1968 it was officially announced that he was no longer a member of Pink Floyd.

After the Pink Floyd years Barrett started his solo career.
He produced two albums and lived in seclusion for the rest of his life.

Syd Barrett died in 2006.

Pink Floyd-Vegetable Man

Pink Floyd-Scream Thy Last Scream

Syd Barrett-If Its In You

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