Syd Barrett has died

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  1. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Syd Barrett died on Friday, it was just reported today. Syd was the founding front-man of Pink Floyd, and created lots of great music until he became a recluse shortly after 1971.

    His song, Octopus, from his first solo album was always a favorite of mine (well, they all were). I've quoted it on our Site FAQ page for a long time now...

    “So trip, to, heave and ho, up, down, to and fro'... you have no word. Please leave us here, close our eyes to the octopus ride...” -- Syd Barrett

    I still have the very rare "Octopus" vinyl 45 with an illustration of an octopus on the sleeve, one of the early impressions made on me that made me realize, "hey, octopuses are kinda cool."

    To put it into perspective,

    Neil Diamond is to Steve as
    Frank Zappa is to Colin as
    Syd Barrett is to Tony

    RIP Syd!
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    Set the controls for the heart of the sun...

    :angelpus:
     
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    Shine on you crazy diamond.
     
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    joefish84 Sepia elegans Registered

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    it seems that the band was interested in the ocean quite a bit...

    "overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air
    and deep beneath the rolling waves in labaryths of coral caves"

    echoes
     
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    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    RIP Syd,

    You made us all comfortably numb.
     
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    Sad and ill understood.
     
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    One of the great geniuses of modern music, whether appreciated or not. I'll always miss Syd Barret. RIP, octo-buddy.
     
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    I think that the ocean is very poetic, and any musician would be crazy not to have a few songs about it. So many adjectives for the ocean...incomprehendible...
     
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    Let us hope he's finally found the peace denied him the last thirty-plus years. It's a bad, bad thing to drive your roommate insane out of boredom.
     
  10. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Yeah, exactly -- well put, everyone.

    Genius is definitely the right word.

    I understand Johnny Depp had expressed interest in doing / producing a biographical feature film on his life. That should ABSOLUTELY be done.

    Would love to get one of his paintings.

    There is another GREAT Syd song which is very much about the ocean called Opel. Incredible, really. Something you really need to listen to -- it's essential Syd.
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Oh, and here's another great water reference that within the past month or so I told my wife was one of my favorite Syd lyrics, from a song called "She Took A Long Cold Look":
     
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    ...and here's an interesting review from someone on Rhapsody about a couple of the songs mentioned in this thread...

    I only disagree with his claim that it's "maily nonsense". Keep listening!
     
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    Dude, I was, like, listening to Floyd, and I like, suddenly, understood the whole universe, and I was like "wow, man, black holes," and then I was like "hey, dude, are there any more of those cheetos," but then when I woke up in the morning, I couldn't remember it well enough to send Stephen Hawking a letter explaining it, so I like, put it on the internet.

    Or, in other words, I think any association with black holes is way more nonsensical than the lyrics in the first place. But maybe I'm just not tuned in to the cosmic vibe.

    edit: this seems to be what dude is talking about, but I still don't see how it relates to the song.
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Heh, agreed.... definitely sounds like it was written by a non-fan!
     
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    Don't be mistaken...I'm a huge Syd Barrett fan and not a hippie. I don't normally write about rock n' roll (I'm rhapsody's R&B and hip-hop guy) but I was reading about black holes a week before he died and was inspired. The whole lost light/ 5th dimensional presence thing seemed like an appropriate metaphor considering Syd's invisible influence over music of the past thirty years. Definitely agree with everyone here.

    This is a cool web site...and sorry to swoop in like this to defend my syd fandom.

    sam
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Heh, that's cool! How about that Internet... stuff gets around!

    Well I definitely appreciate your clarification. Anyone who appreciates Syd's "invisible influence" is a friend of mine!

    Sorry for branding you as a non-fan; obviously not fair... thanks for the response!
     
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    RIP Syd! :angel:

    Wish You Were Here

    So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
    blue skies from pain.
    Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
    A smile from a veil?
    Do you think you can tell?
    And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
    Hot ashes for trees?
    Hot air for a cool breeze?
    Cold comfort for change?
    And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
    How I wish, how I wish you were here.
    We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
    Running over the same old ground.
    What have we found? The same old fears.
    Wish you were here. :cry:

    On a happier note, though: If you like Pink Floyd, Roger Waters is playing the full "Dark Side of the Moon" album at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA!
    :band:

    Joey
     

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