Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Syd Barret- "The Madcap Laughs" (1970)
This is a gem of a record that I have to admit I only recently discovered, at the behest of the ubiquitous Nate "Naters" Stark, who hates punk, but loves eccentrically recorded (wikipedia says...) psych-folk. If you're completely unfamiliar with the history of psychedelia, Syd Barret was Pink Floyd's original songwriter/frontman, before he was unceremoniously kicked out of the band (on the way to a gig, someone said "Should we pick up Syd?", and someone else replied "Let's not bother...") for being completely and totally bat-shit crazy, to the point where he would stand for an entire show not playing, or playing the same chord the entire time, or wandering off and dancing around. He then went on to record this amazing piece of music history, followed by another solo record, before finally becoming a recluse until his death in 2006.