Jul 11 2006, 13h52

Fuck fuck FUCK! One of my absolute top musical heroes has died. A truly unique musical talent. Gutted. Totally fucking gutted. I still remember bringing home The Piper at the Gates of Dawn as a kid, and sticking it on while I lay back on the bed and looked at the celing. It hit me like a lightning bolt, I'd never realised music could be like that, and it helped set me off on a life-long obsession with music that existed outside the mainstream.

I don't know what more to say, I just feel like sitting and bawling my eyes out to be honest. I'll admit to being one of those totally obsessive Syd Barrett fans who has EVERYTHING Syd ever went near.,,1817952,00.html

The thing that strikes me is that this man gave the world such beautiful and original music, and in return he ended up with a pretty rough existance. 60 is a stupidly young age for him to leave us. It really isn't fair.

RIP Roger Keith Barrett.

Pink Floyd, Terrapin, OctopusOpel, Baby Lemonade


  • ImiLeathr


    Jul 11 2006, 14h39
  • neilbombd

    I'm gonna have to dig out all the out-takes...Syd's out-takes are some of the most magical things in music. A couple of years back - when I started doing up my living room - I went through all my Syd pics and selected a load I'd like to get printed up in that rasterised format that Frinky introduced me to. Picked a whole load of pics of my hero's, Big Star/Alex Chilton, Kenny Everett, that class Pete and Dud pic that's on my profile here...and, of course, a whole bunch of Syd pics. Here's a few of my favourites...unfortunately I don't have a printer and could never coerce anyone into making these into massive posters for me, but you lot may enjoy looking at them: [img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img]'69MR.jpg

    Jul 11 2006, 14h48
  • ice cream

    great pics, thanks for those.

    Jul 11 2006, 15h59
  • neilbombd

    No probs! Got hundreds of them, and spent a very enjoyable day drilling them down to the best a couple of years back. Just wish I could get some of them printed up and stuck on my walls. In a sane world, I could walk into any high street shop and pick up posters of Syd as easily as I could obtain posters of people like Kurt Cobain or whoever. Still can't quite believe this. It really isn't fucking fair. When I joined AudioScrobbler, I was just finishing up a lovely long binge on my Syd stuff that lasted over the course of a few months. I hadn't listened to A Piper At The Gates Of Dawn for years, and was slightly apprehensive about hearing it again as it means so much to me. But I stuck it on...and yeah, it was still completely and utterly magic. In some of those documentaries, Roger Waters points to Syd's lyrics and mentions how they're almost child-like in their symplicity, and how that had a profound effect on him. It's a few years since I have seen these shows, but if I recall correctly he mentions that it taught him that the simplest lyrics - the ones you often think should be just thrown away - are often the best. I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like, it's got a basket, a bell that rings, and things that make it look good. I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it. That's just [b]fucking brilliant[/b] need for simile and metaphor here. I think of those lyrics [i]all the time[/i] when I'm belting down a hill on my mountain bike, with the wind smacking into my face.

    Jul 11 2006, 17h24
  • trailofgybe

    really gutted by the news. I hope his 30 years out of the limelight was in peace and enjoyable. RIP Syd.

    Jul 11 2006, 17h53
  • MamboSun

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for posting them. Syd's lyrics have never failed to put a smile on my face. RIP

    Jul 11 2006, 18h14
  • Peking_O

    The thing that strikes me is that this man gave the world such beautiful and original music, and in return he ended up with a pretty rough existance. Beautifully put Neil. So sad about this.

    Jul 11 2006, 19h36
  • Cassandra-Leo

    I wrote up my own tribute here. This news saddened me immensely. This tribute and some of the comments here were especially moving. Thanks.

    Jul 11 2006, 19h58
  • neilbombd

    Makes you lose any kind of faith in karma, doesn't it Peking O? None of this is fair. On a personal note, it's kind of an odd day for this to happen, as Northern Ireland goes into full-on party mode on the 11th and 12th of July. I wasn't going to bother going out to see the bonfires when I heard this, but now I think it'll be good to do so. It's a lovely Summers night, and I'm going to sit on a big grassy hill and stare into bonfires while listening to Syd. Managed to dig out volumes 1 - 10 of the Have You Got It Yet? series to keep me company...hooray! Just have to reiterate how special Syd out-takes are. The net's been great today incidentally...hardly any real life people have understood why I'm upset over this, but the support for Syd on the net has been heartening. I hope a [b]lot[/b] more people find out about his work through this sad turn of events.

    Jul 11 2006, 20h49
  • jf21

    )': RIP Syd

    Jul 12 2006, 2h35
  • MamboSun

    The site Chartattack has published an interesting [b]Eleven Reasons Why Syd Barrett Was Cool[/b] tribute/article:

    Jul 12 2006, 12h58
  • neilbombd

    Had a very enjoyable evening walking round the estate listening to Lucy Leave and a whole host of my favourite bootleg stuff. But, have to admit that I'd forgotten just how fucking amazing Flaming, Take Up thy Stethoscope And Walk and Chapter 24 are*. And listening to multiple versions of Octopus and Scream Thy Last Scream while staring into a bonfire and falling into Syd's lyrics...just, wow. Another thing I'd like to mention is how I was absolutely consumed by Syd's solo work when I first checked it out all those years ago. I'm always wanting to hop on to the next thing so I can hear as much music as possible, but Syd Barrett is one of (very) few artists who I could listen to endlessly without ever tiring of it. An absolutely extraordinary song-writer. Was there any interesting stuff on the telly about him last night? * I'm an idiot for not dusting off The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn more often when it means so much to me. But sometimes you can go back to old things (like The Goodies, or something), and find that they were just better left as a fond memory. And sometimes it's nice to leave something for so long that you can then be surprised once again at how incredible it actually is. Chapter 24 was such a breath of fresh air last night, took me right back to being awe-struck by it and its I Ching lyrics as a kid. So [i]atmospheric[/i]. There's not a bad song on Piper, it's flawless. Even #1 Record by Big Star has The India Song dragging things down.

    Jul 12 2006, 15h25
  • neilbombd

    Bike, The Gnome, Lucifer Sam and Scarecrow...those are the tracks I most readily remember when thinking about that record. Principally because I can recall the what the fuck?! factor when I first heard them. They made me sit up and stare at the stereo a lot more than a ten-minute psychedelic jam like Intersteallar Overdrive* did. I mean, Bike fits pure, raw, psychedelic noise into a three minute pop-song structure! Haha! The impact this gives it is immeasurable...the slowing down towards the end (and the actual slow build that drives the song), all leading to that pay-off. Fuck me. Now that I think about it, that track [i]must[/i] be the reason I have a real fetish for pop songs that just go completely off the rails at the end (e.g Mr. Brewer (Cakle, Cackle). Syd's clever-as-fuck dynamics with [i]those[/i] lyrics makes for a truly out-standing piece of music. * (not that I'm denigrating that marvellous song, although I had to stop listening to different versions last night after kicking off with the 15-minute version that soundtracks Psychedelic City of San Francisco because there was just no point after that.)

    Jul 12 2006, 16h01
  • sunnysunsun

    I think we all feel like bawling our eyes out... Syds name shall live on as the greatest musician to ever roam the earth.

    Jul 12 2006, 17h54
  • Nummymuffin

    I wrote up a little tribute in my Livejournal and fixed up an old picture I found online that had cracks and things in it... <img src=> I sure hope that works. If not, I'll repost using BBCode. I always forget what this site takes. :\

    Jul 16 2006, 9h02
  • Nummymuffin

    Okay, that didn't work. One more try! [img][/img] If that doesn't work I'm at a loss!

    Jul 16 2006, 9h04
  • LavernA

    he was my idol, and he still is. RIP :(

    Ago 5 2006, 22h18
  • neilbombd

    Just reacheing for some Syd there, and realised that it's a month since the announcement. Gah, pisser. And Arthur Lee has passed on now too, for fucks sake. I hope Simeon from Silver Apples, and Roky Erickson have a good few years left in them still. Really kind of crap knowing you're no longer sharing the world with these folks. Heh, I was thinking about how Syd and Don Van Vliet both revolutionised music, and then basically said 'right, fuck that, now I'm gonna go paint.'

    Ago 11 2006, 12h16
  • NoSleepNigel

    Your recollection of hearing Piper At The Gates of Dawn is the same as mine, along with Hendrix's Axis: Bold As Love in the same sitting. I realised that music had just become an important thing to me and that changed my life. All the best musicians are painters, whether on canvas or in music.

    Ago 12 2006, 21h09
  • Melky

    I think I've played Shine On You Crazy Diamond a thousand times since his passing. The only thing I regret is being born 30 years too late. It's shit how someone who created music so amazing ended up living the way he did. He may be gone but legends live on!

    Ago 31 2006, 18h20
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