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Syd Barrett has died

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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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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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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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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.
 

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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.
On a distant shore
miles from land
Stands the ebony totem
in ebony sand
A dream in a mist of grey
On a far distant shore

The pebble, it stood alone
And driftwood lies half buried
Warm, shallow water sweeps shells
So the cockles shine

A bare, winding carcas stalk
Shimmers as flies scoop up meat
An empty way,
Dry Tears

Crisp flax squeaks
Tall reeds
Make a circle of grey
In a summer way, around man
So don't drown

I'm trying
I'm trying
To find you
To find you
I'm living
I'm giving
To find you
To find you

I'm living
I'm living
I'm trying
I'm giving
 

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