Last Laughs For The Madcap

Mixed 17–18 July 2006 by sneJ

I don't idolize Rock Stars, or get caught up in nostalgia trips for music made before I was old enough to read, but there was something uniquely cool and tragic about Syd Barrett, and his recent death touched me. I wrote elsewhere that it was a weird combination of pathos and bathos — the inevitable conclusion of a sad story that most of us had forgotten was still going on.

But then again, who are we to say it's sad? For all I know, Syd Roger led a perfectly nice, ordinary life in the 35 years since he cocooned himself away from the public eye. Meanwhile, other artists were clothing themselves in the butterfly skin he shed, viz.:

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Track listing:

00:00 Pink Floyd — “Arnold Layne”
02:52 Robyn Hitchcock — “Brenda's Iron Sledge”
05:45 Pink Floyd — “Lucifer Sam”
08:48 The Dukes Of Stratosphear — “Your Gold Dress”
13:27 Broadcast — “Pendulum”
17:35 Deerhoof — “Spirit Ditties Of No Tone”
20:18 Pink Floyd — “Interstellar Overdrive”
29:37 Sigur Rós — “Syndir Guos”
36:59 Pink Floyd — “Astronomy Dominé” (live)
45:10 Macha — “Visiting The Ruins”
53:06 Pink Floyd — “Bike” (edit)
55:00 Tones On Tail — “Slender Fungus”
58:30 Syd Barrett — “Rats”
61:21 Robyn Hitchcock — “Satellite”
63:03 Syd Barrett — “No Man's Land”
65:53 The Fall — “Bug Day”
70:45 Sonic Youth — “Schizophrenia”
74:40 Danielle Dax — “Cutting The Last Sheaf”
77:42 Pink Floyd — “Bike” (reprise)