Obscured by covers

One month after his death, I'd like to give a well deserved tribute to the darkly handsome and charismatic early frontman of Pink Floyd. At the moment I thought it'd be better to remain silent and just light a pair of candles on top of my dusty bass amp while the other children farewelled barrett in their own uncertain ways. And so, I did.

Judging by some of the posts I read after Syd's death I realized sadly that half of the bloggers out there have hardly listened to any Pink Floyd's records, let alone the ones from the early Barrett years and that they were probably just seeking for some audience instead of posting out of love and respect for him. I, au contraire, have finished at last the tiny candle sanctuary in my room and I'm preparing a set of Syd's songs to play in front of it until high hours in the morning, hopefully I'll be joined by an idiot drug hive who calls himself Kurt in the electric guitar and a weird looking fellow who plays any kind of drums or percussions magnificently. If it rains, the night will be beautiful.

Even if you've never been interested in Pink Floyd at all, I strongly suggest you to listen to some of the renditions I'm offering you here, particulary "love song" by Livid and "golden hair" by Slowdive, the only two floyd covers I've heard that are so good that surpass the original ones. For your comfort, I'm dividing the covers in two parts, the first ones are Syd Barrett's compositions and the second ones come from the post Barret era.
The stars are screaming loud.

Part 1 - Barrett covers

Livid - Love song
Slowdive - golden hair
Paloma - see emily play
Jmj Band - interstellar overdrive
Etienne Daho - arnold layne

Part 2 - Post-Barrett covers

Helios Creed - Pigs on the wing pt. 1
Vegetable Fat - one of these days
Pickin' on Pink Floyd - comfortably numb
Ambulance Ltd - fearless
Helios Creed - Pigs on the wing pt. 2

The photograph was taken in Jan. 1968 and it's one of the few ones where all five Pink Floyd members are together. Gilmour had just joined the band and Barrett was kicked off 4 months later due to his deteriorating mental health. The somewhat prophetic picture depicts him dreamy and distant from the other members, staring into space.


  • At 5:27 PM, August 12, 2006, Anonymous angeles said…

    muy Interesante livid y helios creed
    buena la interpretación de la foto ;)

  • At 5:39 PM, August 12, 2006, Anonymous fk said…

    concuerdo con angeles, este post me parecio bastante interesante considerando que a mi nunca me llamó la atención Pink Floyd. curioso que esta sea mi introducción a ellos.

  • At 7:30 PM, August 12, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    and it's raining :)

  • At 7:35 PM, August 12, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    fk, como introduccion a Pink Floyd te recomiendo el disco de "Meedle". Esa fue mi introduccion y desde entonces no pude dejar de escucharlos.

    Solo existen 5 discos que creo son esenciales de la discografia pinkfloydiana:

    piper at the gates of dawn (con syd), meedle, dark side of the moon, animals y wish you were here.

    Meedle es uno de mis discos favoritos de todos los tiempos. "Fearless" de la cual subi un cover viene de ese disco y la quiza mas importante e influencial cancion de Pink Floyd: "echoes" viaje sonoro que dura alrededor de 23 minutos y que todo buen fanatico del genero deberia escuchar por lo menos alguna vez en su vida. Por lo demas a mi me fasdcina el Ummagumma pero no lo recomendaria para inciarte en la banda.

  • At 8:04 PM, August 12, 2006, Anonymous fk said…

    gracias moka, voy a checarlos, lo mas probable es que mi hermana los tenga porque de hecho yo le regalé algunos. y con 'wish you were here' es extraño que tengo varios covers de diversos grupos haciendo la canción y nunca haya escuchado la original.

  • At 1:48 AM, August 13, 2006, Anonymous dejazet said…

    loved the livid, paloma, helios creed and pickin on pink floyd covers, thank you.

  • At 12:37 AM, August 14, 2006, Anonymous leighannie said…

    Thank you for the covers. Syd will be missed.

  • At 12:19 PM, August 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    moka, thanks for the covers. I would add Atom Heart Mother to your list of your cinqo discos de Floyd roso.

    as well, Daho has a wonderful cover of one of the best Barrett songs, "Late Night".



  • At 3:37 PM, August 20, 2006, Blogger Meliss and Steph said…

    Another of PF's disks is Umma Gumma, not sure if spelled corretly. It is such a strange, dark disk, something like a Halloween soundtrack. I adore this band!


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