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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Syd Barrett - Barrie Wentzell "Stoned Tramp" Photo Session 1971

Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
Taken from Syd Barrett Fan's Page Facebook Group:

Barrie Wentzell "Stoned tramp" photo session 1971

Photos taken at his manager's office in Mayfair, London; probably in late 1970 or early 1971 for promotion of his new album "Barrett", released in November 1970.


Syd Barrett

"Chris Welch and I went along to do a quick interview with Syd at his managers office. We were a bit apprehensive, as stories of Syd's behavior of late seemed bizarre. When we got there, we were met by a very upset guy who said Syd had locked himself into a room and he wouldn't come out. Oh dear! It seemed the stories were true. Chris and I spoke to him through the door and tried to convince him that we were his friends and that everything was ok. He slowly opened the door and ushered us in quickly shutting and locking the door behind us. He stood there looking very frightened, muttering, Those people out there are aliens, and are after me! We tried to tell him that they were his management and friends and they cared about him, as do we. He seemed unconvinced, and I took this dark side of Syd pictures and managed to persuade him to let Chris and I out and that wed send help. He took the key from his pocket, unlocked the door. We escaped and Syd locked himself back inside." ( Barrie Wentzell ).




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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Syd Barrett Wolfpack Analysis

Syd Barrett Wolfpack
Syd Barrett Wolfpack
I got such a good response with my analysis of Dominoes that I am going to have another shot with Syd Barrett Wolfpack. With this, it’ll be more of my opinion. OK, here goes.

Wolfpack is about him being on that mental health ward in the hospital. When I lived in Pennsylvania, I lived directly across the street from the hospital and a community park. Every day, the Psych Nurses and workers would take the patients on a walk in the park. See where I am going with this? Syd was the lunatic on the grass. And they, the Nurses and workers, were always getting the group into formation; howling the pack back into formation.

He's in the pack, with the Psych Ward Nurses telling him to "GET BACK IN LINE!" (waving him back in formation). If I am not mistaken, they took the patients to the park to play cricket. "Bowling they bat" is a kind of perverted cricket analogy in my opinion. The loonies are playing cricket in the park; they are "on the grass".

The Last Stanza:

"Howling the pack back into formation, diamonds and clubs, waving us back into formation..."


The cricket game is over and the Psych Ward Nurses and Orderlies are getting everybody back together (in formation) to go back up on the Ward where the only thing to do is play card (Diamonds and Clubs) or dominoes.

Syd Barrett Wolfpack:

Howling the pack in formation appears
Diamonds and clubs, light misted fog, the dead
Waving us back in formation
The pack in formation

Bowling they bat as a group
And the leader is seen so early
The pack on their backs, the fighters
Through misty the waving

The pack in formation
Far reaching waves
On sight, shone right
I lay as if in surround

All enmeshing, hovering
The milder I gaze
All the animals laying trail
Beyond the bough winds

Mild the reflecting electricity eyes
Tears, the life that was ours
Grows sharper and stronger away and beyond
Short wheeling, fresh spring
Gripped with blanched bones, moaned
Magnesium, proverbs and sobs

Howling the pack in formation appears
Diamonds and clubs, light misted fog, the dead
Waving us back in formation
The pack in formation





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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Syd Barrett Dominoes Analysis



OK, we know that Syd first spent time in a psychiatric ward right after Pink Floyd. I am guessing it was after the Jenner-Produced solo sessions in the Spring of '68 too but that's a GUESS. Maybe somebody can step up with further knowledge. But annnnnnnnnyway, Syd took to following Pink Floyd around England in his mini carrying enough drugs to get the whole North Korean Army loaded. He would get hopped upon speed and Listerine and then squirm down front and stare at David Gilmour; giving him those "dead fish eyes". Gilmour said it was quite unnerving.

After one of these gigs, Syd was speeding along in the cosmos, in his sunfighter space laser inducted ship, and a tree jumped out and hit him. He was removed from the wreckage a quivering, gibbering idiot and placed into a locked ward. I think this is where Dominoes comes from. See... I had a dear friend who went crazy and I used to visit him up on Cheney, at Hudson River State Hospital, Cheney was solid quarry stone and twenty stories tall. They said the higher you went, the longer you stayed. I will place a link to Cheney below the Dominoes link. Cheney is abandoned now.

Anyway, up in the locked ward my friend was on, the patients all used to sit around playing dominoes and staring out the window. That was Syd in the ward; staring out the window playing dominoes. The whole feel of the song has that psychotropic, mind numbing, calmness associated (so I am told) with being on shit like Thorazine and Haldol. My friend joked about walking the halls up in Cheney doing the "Haldol shuffle." He told me that, once, he got out and he walked up the stairs to the top floor. That's where they used to do all the "procedures" like orbital and frontal lobotomies. He said the metal tables with straps were still all there.

BTW, he's OK now and spent three weeks out in Phoenix visiting me last year. He has an apartment around Hyde Park, New York. He's a great guy and was a brilliant student AND Letterman in Track and Wrestling in high school. He became ill in college.






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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Syd Barrett Blog Denounces Roger Waters

Roger Waters
Roger Waters
Over the last year (or so) former Pink Floyd Front-man, Roger Waters, has been in the press for his outspoken views on the State of Israel, the Jewish People & the Judaism Religion. Basically, he's been running his mouth a lot and doing shenanigans like putting a Star of David on a pig's ass at his concerts. Like... He's just so *clever*; a Star of David on a pig's ass.

His latest stunt is to compare the State of Israel with the Nazi Party. Whether you *agree* with Israel or not, this is repugnant and is something that should be reserved for the Ku Klux Klan or Holocaust deniers like that asshole; the former President of Iran. No, I don't know that asshole's name. Why should I?

The Syd Barrett Pink Floyd Blog would like to go on record that we denounce Roger Waters for his outspoken stance on Israel. One can disagree about this without the histrionics of putting the Star of David on a pig's ass or comparing Israel with the Nazi Party. It's wholly irresponsible and we wish that Roger would just shut his mouth and play bass; at least on this topic.


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Friday, December 6, 2013

Men on the Border - Syd Barrett Covers EXCELLENT!

Men on the Border
Men on the Border

OK, my long time Syd buddy, Goran Nystroem, sent me two CDs by his group - Men on the Border. As you can probably tell from the name, the folks in this group love Syd Barrett. The first disc, SHINE!, is all comprised of Syd Barrett covers. The second disc, JUMPSTART, has two Syd covers on it and a song called Have You Got It Yet? Get it? I listened to the Syd covers disc on the way to work and I am now listening to the other disc in my office.

OK, I know what you are saying to yourself, (groan) *Another* disc of Syd Barrett covers? Well, I am here to tell you that this is (for me) the most enjoyable such effort and I have heard them all. What sets this apart is that these songs are all performed by a single group. Additionally, the Men on the Border lend professionalism and polish to these songs that can even be lacking on the originals.

Like... Syd is all mandied out of his skull, playing with his put together band, doing the song differently on each take. Face it, sometimes it sounds like it. Then you have those bands, fronted by a chick with blue hair or a guy who sounds like a gelded Morrissey wannabee, and... It's hard to take sometimes. Then you have the cheezy effects; oh yes, the cheezy effects. This is SYD BARRETT we're covering so we have to slather on the cheezy effects.


No, this is the songs played by capable musicians who, obviously, know and love the material. I also noticed that they (sort of) added in the beginnings of Astronomy Domine (on Opel) and Interstellar Overdrive on another song. Like, the vibe is that it's gonna be one of those songs and then it morphs into whatever it is.

What do I say about this to make my point that it's good? First, I am a music snob. I HATE cover albums usually and I HATE fan produced stuff. Being me, people mail me CDs to listen to pretty frequently. I always listen to them and then they (usually) go into the pile of stuff that I never plan to listen to again. Listening to SHINE!, I found myself turning up the volume on the car stereo four times until it was about all the way up. I was doing the air guitar and the twitching that I do when I like something I'm listening to. What I am going to do is take SHINE! and burn that and then burn the Syd covers from JUMPSTART and have a killer disc for my car.

You guys should buy this disc! It's good! I endorse this! By going to the website I found out that Ian Barrett did the cover art for JUMPSTART.

Find the website here:
http://www.menontheborder.com

Find the Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/MenOnTheBorder


Listen to SHINE! on Spotify:
http://open.spotify.com/album/
0i985T72vTF4KBtkInEAWw


Contact the band here:
info@menontheborder.com




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