1965. Our parents were toothless toddlers when Sydney Barrett joined the band known as Megadeaths, later called Pink Floyd. There Syd went nuts while the rest of the band, lead by Roger "handsome" Waters became the best thing in UK since Hamlet.
Syd Barrett was a musician in his prime. That's what you read in history books. But in fact Syd was an outstanding comedian who happened to sing his jokes. Even his guitar tunes sounded funny. If he had been born in our times he would make this website
actually make money funnier than it is. If you think we're bullshitting you, check out these pieces of unedited LSD comedy:
One of Syd's trademarks is the use of onomatopeia and singing-like-a-kid.
Funny level: grin -- Funny on acid level: compulsive, excited smile
"flicker flicker... pow pow!"
Note the "ho" in this classic lyrics? well, it's not an onomatopeia. Barrett's cursing timing at his best.
Funny level: huh? -- Funny on acid level: little guilty giggle
"Did you hear that?!"
Cute humor is a practice rarely approached by adults. Syd broke the fence and used cute tunes and lyrics so the audience could laugh at the originality of the concept and start asking questions about life.
Funny level: "this is getting retarded" -- Funny on acid level: all the above plus "hey that's mindblowing"
I've got a clan of gingerbread men.
Here a man, there a man, lots of gingerbread men.
Take a couple if you wish. They're on the dish". -Bike
Syd rhyming abilities were incredible. He could come up with the absurd and the random and always give you pieces of genious. Syd was almost like Kanye West. Too bad the former only scored 140 in the IQ test.
Funny level: Kind of fun. -- Funny on acid level: lifechanging comedy.
Prepare for landing...
Syd's satire of Bob Dylan. You should listen to this song when the trip is finished. otherwise you won't quite understand.
Funny level: Impressed smile. "that's actually good" -- Funny on acid level: grin.