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So Long Syd

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

     
5:59 pm on Jul 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Pink Floyd founding member Roger (Syd) Barrett has passed away at age 60.
He died very peacefully a couple of days ago," the band's spokeswoman said. "There will be a private family funeral."

Obituary [news.bbc.co.uk]

Long live rock and roll.

6:38 pm on July 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Tragic life. RIP

Just finished reading Inside Out by Nick Mason, it describes the rapid demise of Syd. Good read if you are a fan, but the Syd parts are a little depressing.

7:19 pm on July 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm ignorant - was he "Syd," as in "acid," as in "LSD?"
7:26 pm on July 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sid was his name, but 'cid probably contributed to his demise.

See you on the dark side of the moon, bro!

-Automan

7:43 pm on July 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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He would have gone crazy with or without chemical joy. It may have hurried things up a little.

RIP

7:52 pm on July 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The lunatics are in the hall...

The folded paper holds their faces to the floor,
and everyday, the paperboy brings more...

Post Syd, but clearly influenced. Rather than looking on the dark side of the moon, perhaps better to set the controls for the heart of the sun.

WBF

3:01 am on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Birth name was Roger Keith Barrett.

Anyone grab up PF's new DVD that was release today, Pulse? Plan on watching it this weekend.

RIP.

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And what did El Syd die from?
3:22 pm on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Some form of complication caused by diabetes is what I read last night.
7:46 pm on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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He didnt live that far from me oddly enough, the address given in the Telegraph (I think) is on a council housing estate.

Surely not, not with all that money.

He lived even closer to the Worldpay.com offices. Not that, that matters

[edited by: Essex_boy at 7:49 pm (utc) on July 12, 2006]

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>>>I think) is on a council housing estate

He lived with his mother. He was getting a "pension" from Floyd. None of the music he worked on with Floyd was a huge hit. They ditched him right before they got big, he was holding them back because he was un-stable. The band has been supporting him all along, not because they had too, because they felt a sense of duty.

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RIP, Syd........
First saw him at UFO, in London in the (crazy) 60s...
'Ive 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' :)

None of the music he worked on with Floyd was a huge hit

You must be joking..... Arnold Lane and See Emily Play were very successful, as was Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, not to mention ground breaking, giving Pink Floyd their first big push to fame and fortune and setting the template for the majority of their future work (not to take away from other members creativity).
They ditched him right before they got big,

Again, they were big after the first couple of singles and the first LP (mostly written by Syd), He also set the mould for the second LP but was unfortunately, losing it.....
He most certainly wasn't ditched, so much as left behind. He just wasn't there anymore.
I worked for NEMS, whose Brian Morrisson handled the Floyd at the time (also Marc Bolan, etc...). I was often sent to his flat (the one on his solo album with the chequered floor and no furniture) to try to get him to go to the studios, usually to no avail.

Here's another one written by Syd Barrett, from Saucerful of Secrets..
JUGBAND BLUES

It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here
And I'm much obliged to you for making it clear
That I'm not here.
And I never knew the moon could be so big
And I never knew the moon could be so blue
And I'm grateful that you threw away my old shoes
And brought me here instead dressed in red
And I'm wondering who could be writing this song.

I don't care if the sun don't shine
And I don't care if nothing is mine
And I don't care if I'm nervous with you
I'll do my loving in the winter.

And the sea isn't green
And I love the queen
And what exactly is a dream
And what exactly is a joke.

Syd will always have a special place in my heart and mind......

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Being a fan of the band and all their music (even from the early years), i'm sorry to hear that news.

Just like you say, grandpa: Shine on You Crazy Diamond. I played that track three times times today in his memory. No doubt I'll play it again sometime soon.

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>>>Arnold Lane and See Emily Play

Ok, I will concede that. But its nothing when compared to Dark Side or the Wall.

I would imagine those early hits did not generate huge amounts of cash for the band. The venues they were playing at the time were not stadium sized when Syd was with the band.

8:41 pm on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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>>>He most certainly wasn't ditched, so much as left behind.

They decided not to pick him up on the way to a gig. That seems ditched to me. That is how it went down according to Mason.

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semantics ;)
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true...

must have been a fascinating time in london, hope you have lots of fond memories

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>I'm ignorant - was he "Syd," as in "acid," as in "LSD?"

From the obituary:

Roger Keith Barrett was born in Cambridge in January 1946. The son of a well-known pathologist, he acquired the nickname "Syd" during his teens, a reference to Sid Barrett, a local jazz drummer.

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Shine on Syd.

Maybe the band will will get back together for a memorial concert :)

Yeah, I know, not a chance in ....

9:34 pm on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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> Maybe the band will will get back together for a memorial concert happy!

>Yeah, I know, not a chance in ....

It may not be so unlikely. The four other members recently performed together as Pink Floyd at the Live8 concert. The first time in many many years.

 

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