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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?



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