Thursday, September 3, 2009

Syd on "The Madcap Laughs"

'Hipgnomis' at the VegetableFriendsYahooGroup, shared some things Syd Barrett himself has said about "The Madcap Laughs":
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Here are some things Barrett himself has said about 'The Madcap Laughs', listed below. If anyone can think of any other Barrett quotes (on this topic), do not hesitate to add them to the list.

1) Barrett: "They're my particular idea of a record. It's very together. There's a lot of speaking on it, but there's not a very recognizable mood. It's mainly acoustic guitar and there are no instruments at all."
(Jan 1970 interview published in Terrapin no. 17, 1975)

2) (Q: "Are you trying to create a mood in your songs, rather than tell a story?")

Barrett: "Yes, very much. It would be terrific to do much more mood stuff. They're very pure, you know, the words...
(Melody Maker, March 27, 1971)

3) (Q: "Were you satisfied with "Madcap Laughs"?)

Barrett: "Yes, I liked what came out, only it was released far too long after it was done. I wanted it to be a whole thing that people would listen to all the way through with everything related and balanced, the tempos and moods offsetting each other, and I hope that's what it sounds like. I've got it at home but I don't listen to it much now.
(Interview with Syd Barrett c.1971 by Giovanni Dadomo, unpublished until printed in Terrapin no. 9/10)

4) (Q: "In 'No Man's Land' on 'Madcap' there's a long spoken part which is barely audible, like the faded lyrics of "Astronomy Domine", was the intention to abstract the words into just background noise?")

Barrett: "Originally the words were meant to be heard clearly, but we went and actually did it, that's how it came out, which wasn't really how I'd planned it."
(Interview with Syd Barrett c.1971 by Giovanni Dadomo, unpublished until printed in Terrapin no. 9/10)

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