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Friday, January 28, 2011

New Syd Barret-Era Floyd 'in the studio' Photo and Article Translation

Thanks to It's from a Dutch magazine article dated 21st April 1967 and features an interview conducted by a Mr Cees Mentink. I presume that it is he who is pictured talking to Mr. Roger Waters in the bottom left of the article. I'm also presuming both pics were taken at the same location, Roger's delightful neck ruffle is visible in both, but for the interview Roger must have felt a tad chilly as he's put his black coat on. I scanned through the interview with my eyes that are currently working and it looks like Cees only spoke to Roger. Shame that!

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And for those of you who aren't interested in translated Roger waffle, here's just the pic of the band.
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Notice on the bottom left there's a mysterious blond barnetted & be-spectacled gentleman whose identity is unknown to me, anyone any idea?

** Added 1/2/2011. Translation by Mr.ScarletEagle. Jan 2011.

The Beatles have ensured that EMI, the biggest record company in the world has lost its connection with the beat-top. This may sound strange but it is true. Dozens of people have worked year after year for The Beatles. For them it was just a full time job to keep that Beatle machine running. Nobody realized that there were other developments going on besides The Beatles. Everyone forgot to look into the future. EMI suddenly noticed that the Beatles record sales declined and that they had nothing to replace that, but by the time they realized it, it was already too late. The struggle for the money was already in full swing. The giant group Decca starts a special label for progressive independent productions Deram. Larry Page brings his label out by Fontana, Page One, and EMI has nothing. The problem get's discussed at the top of EMI and even the president of EMI, Mr Joseph Lockwood (the anti-pirate) get personally involved with it. He searched on his own and finds Pink Floyd. They get a five-year contract with interesting financial guarantees. There will be a color film and, as soon as possible, an album. Regarding the production of records,

"We are good at that" says spokesman of the band Roger Waters. "We can use the studio whenever we want, we may produce our own records and we may choose our own style."

Reporter: "Is not it a bit strange to just forget about a recording engineer and a producer?"

Waters: "Why not? We can do what they can, we have an excellent technician and we talk with him constantly. That combination will give us a good record, or do you find 'Arnold Layne' not a good record?"

Reporter: "Do you guys know that you are lucky to get this opportunity from EMI?"

Waters: "No, because we have not thought about it that yet, the last two years we have been playing, getting a routine, getting used to each others performances, looking to what the audience likes and trying to make some songs. It's a coincidence that EMI currently was interested in us. So it runs perfect."

Reporter: "But you have more freedom than any other band."

Waters: "It has to be like that, otherwise we wouldn't have signed that contract anyway."

Reporter: "When recording a new album, are you going with more concrete plans in to the studio?"

Waters: "No, that's impossible for us, once a song is ready, the intention is off for us. We work with an idea that is in our head of course, and when we are in the studio we go to find a more definite shape of it, if you work with such an idea it will create some tension that is required when making records."

Reporter: "But that is an expensive way of working, how long does it takes to create one song?"

Waters: "Altogether about 12 hours, but that's nothing compared to The Beatles."

Reporter: " Do EMI have Beatles-like expectations of the band?"

Waters: " I didn't think about that, it would be a compliment but I think we cannot make that for real."

Reporter: "Are you using special instruments at the recording session?"

Waters: "We will give some more color to a particular song with a spinet or maybe a sitar, but for now we are comfortable with the guitar, By the time we are proficient on instruments like that, like The Beatles are now, we will look further on it."

Reporter: "What do you think about being in the charts with Ken Dodd, Tom Jones, etc…?"

Waters: "Nowadays there are not so many records made for teenagers, that is mainly, I think, because the records are made too complicated. Of course you can create something very difficult and interesting, but music should be a pleasant thing to listen to and I miss that in many records today. The people who buy records don't listen at it with Andrew Oldham ears."

Reporter: "Is the single 'Arnold Layne' not played too much by the pirate radio stations, so that people gets less interested in buying it?"

Waters: "Perhaps, but London is not playing it at all, they find it a dirty record."

Reporter: "Why aren't you at Top of The Pops yet?"

Waters "Yes it's a strange thing, we made that big jump on number 24, it's good they didn't ask us. When our record is at the top 20, we no longer need that push anymore, they give other artists this push when they are ranked thirty. Arnold Layne is doing it very well at the moment, it's not necessary anymore for me now."

Reporter: "And the USA?"

Waters: "That will not happen for the moment, to go over there, you got to have something to offer, we will look at it again when the first album is ready."

Reporter: "What are you going to do today?"

Waters: "For us, a very special experiment, we have recorded the vocals at first on tape and now we build the sounds around it, see what we get."

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Syd Barrett Tribute - Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Syd Barrett Blues

Here's a song called Syd Barrett Blues. It's written in the vein of Bob Dylan Blues.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kiloh Smith Interview - Spanish Syd Barrett Blog

Syd Barrett Blog

Recently, I was interviewed for the Spanish Syd Barrett Blog. I thought that it would be cool to have the Ennnnnnnnglish version on my blog. You can read that below and please click the picture to the left or here: Kiloh Smith Spanish Syd Barrett Blog Interview to read the interview in Spanish.

When did you start listening to Syd Barrett?

My first Pink Floyd album was Animals; I bought that when it came out. From there, I quickly treaded the backward path with Wish You Were Here, Dark Side of the Moon, Meddle, Ummagumma until I found ol’ Syd.

Listening to Piper at the Gates of Dawn was a revelation to me. The sound was much more guitar-driven and I could immediately discern that, this guy “Syd Barrett”, was the Genesis of the Pink Floyd Sound.

Shortly after, I bought the Madcap Laughs / Barrett two LP set. This had a profound influence upon me, doing all kinds of shit. I became aware of raised eyebrows from my peers; similar to when I began listening to Captain Beefheart. But I didn’t care.

Why did you start the Laughing Madcaps Group?

Well… I started that group because the Syd Barrett group that I was in threw me out and I needed a place to hang my hat. In 1998 – 1999, I was in the Jugband News Yahoogroup. They ended up throwing me out and so I took all my toys and went and started the Laughing Madcaps Yahoogroup. In this endeavor I had a partner named Lucifer Sam. After a bit, he couldn’t take me and so took all of his blocks and went and started the lame Vegetable Friends Yahoogroup. I don’t play so well with others sometimes.

How did the Laughing Madcaps Group get so big?

That’s easy, we deliver the best Syd Barrett Experience on the Internet. If you think about it the Yahoogroups Interface is older technology. What makes the Laughing Madcaps Yahoogroup the best is the people. We’re a bunch of crazies, that love Syd Barrett, and love having a blast on the group. The people make the Laughing Madcaps Group the best. Join the group here:

Tell us about Have You Got It Yet? Please

Well… I took all of my Syd Barrett bits and pieces and made about two and a half cassette tapes for me to listen to uninterrupted. I still have those cassettes. I wonder what they’re worth?

Annnnnnnnnyway, it dawned upon me that it would be cool to make CD’s of these cassettes. Then, I had this whole group of thousands of Syd Barrett fans, so why not troll among them for the best quality stuff?

Then, this guy stepped up with a professional recording studio in Connecticut and he helped with getting all of the bits and pieces sent to him. But he turned out to be a fucking loser and a nutcase and the Project had to be removed from his hands. At that point, we had like thirty discs of stuff.

Then my buddy, Steve, stepped up and this cat named Swan Lee. Together, they went through all of those discs of material and found the best bits. Then this guy, Pinnacle Pete, stepped up and this cat named Chris. They sort of took over this Project and did it up right.

With HYGIY? We wanted to leave the listener wanting less not more. That’s why we were so comprehensive with even volumes of OPPS mixes and hoax tracks. The hoax tracks disc was where we too all the counterfeit “Syd Barrett” tracks and put them under one roof. This (hopefully) prevented losers like Billy French from continuing to drag Syd’s name down with hoax tracks.

Today, I’m sort of the Face on the Box of Have You Got It Yet? I have nothing to do with the actual compiling of the material but I am the guy who is most associated with this Project. Sometimes I think that the others want to get rid of me but they can’t; they can’t shuck me. I’m stuck to it.

By the way, I was the Trunk for the first 10 (or 15) volumes of HYGIY? I was the guy that put the Tree Trading Networks together. What a bunch of work that was. Doing that is how the word “FUCKTARD” was popularized. So, I’ve had my Season in Hell regarding HYGIY? I did my bit.

What did we accomplish with HYGIY? First, we made a LOT of Syd Barrett fans happy. Second, we virtually shut down the cottage industry of Syd Barrett bootlegs. It’s all on HYGIY? For free; "We are the Borg. Prepare for assimilation. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile." Third, we (hopefully) let EMI know that there is an interest in this material. Fourth, we helped keep a bunch of geeky Syd Barrett fans busy for awhile. Hopefully, they will not waste anymore time skulking around Star Trek Conventions.

What’s next?

What else do I need to do? I am INFAMOUS all over the world. Ummmmmm… What I would like to do is move the group over to Facebook. Facebook has a cool Groups Interface. Yahoogroups is kind of the old guard. This is a SLOW process. Syd Barrett fans are slow to accept new things; unless it’s new Syd Barrett material. To help out, how about publicizing the url of the Laughing Madcaps Facebook Group? Look:!/group.php?gid=101944269844707

Any advice for Syd Barrett fans?

Don’t do drugs and prepare for assimilation.

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