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 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:
Any advice for Syd Barrett fans?
Don’t do drugs and prepare for assimilation.
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