Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Bye Syd

teh
More bad music news:
LONDON, England (CNN) -- Syd Barrett, the eccentric guitarist who founded Pink Floyd but later left the music business to live quietly and somewhat reclusively, has died at the age of 60, according to a spokeswoman for the band.
In many ways I like the early psychedelic Pink Floyd of the 1960s more than the album-oriented phase of the band from the 1970s. Syd Barrett was responsible for much of that ‘60s Floyd sound.

Shine on you crazy diamond.

4 comments:

JeromeProphet said...

Even more than Dark Side of the Moon?

JP

John said...

I have to agree, with you Dave. I like Dark Side and The Wall, but I really dig the psychadelic early Floyd a lot. Syd Barrett had an unparralleled amount of creative genius.

ThirtyWhat said...

I'll admit I'm much more of a Dark Side of the Moon/Wall/Wish You Here type fan ... but ... I think Syd Barrett helped mould that Pink Floyd sound. It's a shame ... he always seemed like such a tragic figure.

Dave said...

JP

I'll always have a special place for Dark Side. It was you who turned me on to it when we were like 14 or something. And it is a great, if sometimes overplayed, album.

Wish You Were Here was good. Animals was kind of lame. And, I know I'm going to get mail on this, I HATED The Wall. (But by the time The Wall came out my head was in a different place musically anyway.)

Still, all I'm saying is, right now, I have a greater appreciation of the pre-Dark era than I do of the post-Dark era.