Chronicling the creative process for Pop Zeus, the forthcoming Guided By Voices/Bob Pollard tribute comic- including sketches, concepts, finished art and whatever else is in my brain at the moment.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne Video

I am bumping this post in tribute to Syd Barrett, who died on Friday (just reported today) at the age of 60. He was a musical genius that will not be forgotten. Shine on, Syd...

Cited as a major influence on Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices, the early psychedelic sounds of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett continues to inspire and astound forty years later. Arnold Layne was the first single by the original 1967 lineup of the band including co-founder and original lead singer Barrett. In spite of its odd subject matter, the single cracked the UK top twenty and set the stage for the success of their debut album, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. Arnold Layne was also produced by Joe Boyd who went onto produce the amazing folk singer Nick Drake and R.E.M.'s gloomy and strange Fables Of The Reconstruction.


Blogger Annnna said...

It is so sad. Syd was amazing. Thank you very much for taking the time to write about such a great man. The video is a bit haunting now.

2:33 AM

Blogger Phil said...

Yeah, my heart totally sank at the news of Syd's passing. I wonder if he knew how influential his music was, overshadowed as it seemed to be by the monster success of Pink Floyd. Sad day...

10:16 AM


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