- About TFT
Friday Thing Archive
- Politics
- Media
- Culture and Society
- War On Terror
- People
- Places
- World
- Popped Clogs
- Music
- Books
- Film
- Etc
Help And Info
- Contact Details
- Advertising
- Jobs
- Privacy Policy
- XML Feed

Home > Culture and Society

The TFT Guide to... Remembering Syd Barrett

15 July 2006

This week we discovered that Syd Barrett, one of the founders of Pink Floyd, had died aged 60. Although a talented songwriter, Barrett was best known for going mental after taking shedloads of drugs and spending the rest of his life living with his mum in Cambridge. Still, at least he didn't have to listen to Roger Waters banging on about his dead dad every day. But as the tributes flood in, how best to remember this enigmatic and troubled musician?


1) Why not post an online tribute signed off with the words 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond'? It's unlikely anyone else will have thought of doing that.

2) In your tribute, be sure to work in a clumsy succession of Pink Floyd song titles, e.g. 'Syd, we all "Wish You Were Here" but your "Time" has come and you have become "Comfortably Numb". Let's just hope you've gone to "The Great Gig in the Sky" and don't meet "Lucifer Sam".'

3) Although Syd left the band after just three years when insane levels of drug-taking became too much for him, resulting in highly erratic and disturbed behaviour, his work on the early albums is well worth listening to. Check out:

'Mogadon Overdrive'

'Careful With That Mandrax, Eugene'

'Get Some Tweezers Dave There's a Fucking Pixie Up My Nose!'

4) Reflect on the tragedy that Barrett left Pink Floyd before the band reached their creative zenith with the seminal 1994 album 'The Division Bell'.

5) If you're Pink Floyd's record company, why not show your respects by waiting a whole four days after Barrett's death before showing TV adverts for Pink Floyd's last DVD?

Comment on this article: letters@thefridaything.co.uk

Subscribe to The Friday Thing for free

Bad words ahead The Friday Thing is a weekly email comment sheet. Casting a cynical eye over the week's events, it is rarely fair and never balanced.

A selection of articles from each week's issue appear online, but to enjoy the full Thing, delivered by email every Friday - as well as access to almost five years of back issues - you'll need to subscribe. It's absolutely free.

"Razor-sharp comment and gossip." - The Sunday Times

"Hilariously cynical..To describe it as 'irreverent' is to do the newsletter an injustice." - The Observer

"Sharp, intelligent, opinionated, uncompromising and very, very funny. Just like 'Private Eye' used to be." - Alec McKelland

"Wicked" - Channel 4

"Ace" - Time Out

"'We rise once again in advocacy of The Friday Thing. We realize that some of you may be unwilling to spend [your money] on plain-text comment, but you're only depriving yourself." - The Minor Fall, The Major Lift

"Subscribing to this at the beginning of the year was undoubtedly one of the better decisions I've made. Superlative, and utterly marvellous. I look forward to Fridays now, because I can't wait for the next issue. Fucking fucking brilliant." - Meish.org

"Featuring writers from The Observer, Smack The Pony and The 11 O'Clock Show... will continue to attract new subscribers sight unseen" - NeedToKnow

"The Friday Thing is so good it's stopping me from doing a bunk of a Friday afternoon." - Annie Blinkhorn (The Erotic Review)

"So now" - The Evening Standard

"Damn it, you rule. May you never, ever back down." - Paul Mayze

"Ace" - PopJustice

"Snarky" - Online Journalism Review

"Can you please stop making me laugh out loud... I'm supposed to be working, you know!" - Tamsin Tyrwhitt

"Your coverage of stuff as it spills is right on the money." - Mike Woods

"Popbitch with A-Levels." - Tim Footman

"In an inbox full of trite work-related nonsense, TFT shines from under its subject heading like the sun out of Angus Deayton's arse." - Nikki Hunt

"A first rate email. It's become an integral part of my week, and my life would be empty and meaningless without it (well, *more* empty and meaningless anyway)." - Mark Pugh

"Genius, absolute bit of class. And you can quote me on that." - Lee Neville

"If you're hipper than hell, this is what you read." - MarketingSherpa

"The most entertaining email I've had all week. Great tone." - Matthew Prior

"A massive and engrossing wit injection." - idiotica.co.uk

"I wouldn't know satire if it bit me on the arse. But I did like the Naomi Campbell joke." - Matt Kelly (The Mirror)

"Has had an understandably high profile among people who know about these things." - Guy Clapperton (Guardian Online)

"Satirical sideswipes at the burning issues of the day." - Radio 5 Live

"Puerile and worthless... Truly fabulous... Do read the whole thing." - Stephen Pollard

The Friday Thing 2001-2008 - All Rights Reserved