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Syd, Skip, Roky, Peter ?

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Initial post: Sep 20, 2011 9:44:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 21, 2011 2:37:06 AM PDT
Which psychedelic casualty do you love? ... The 60's schizophrenic discussion...

Syd Barrett, Skip Spence, Roky Erickson or Peter Green?

"Interstellar Overdrive"... "Omaha"... "You're Gonna Miss Me" ... "Oh Well" ?
Piper at the Gates of Dawn... Oar... Easter Everywhere ... Then Play On?
Pink Floyd...... Moby Grape... 13th Floor Elevators ...... Fleetwood Mac?

Who is the greatest 60's tortured genius ?
Syd, Skip, Roky or Peter?

...or feel free to add someone you love...

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 10:35:43 PM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
Those 4 were truly great.As were their bands.I'd add Arthur Lee.His comeback was a miracle.I never expected to see Roky on stage ever again.Lost Skippy and Syd but we're lucky to still have Green.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 11:17:19 PM PDT
Chet Fakir says:
I really love Syd's music more so than the others so he's my favorite. Skip Spence's tale was the most tragic. What a waste of talent. Roky has made a recovery and a comeback of sorts and I say good for him. Peter Green is still playing too.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 1:29:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 21, 2011 1:35:16 PM PDT
I just ordered "Oar" and am looking forward to listening to it. I have the Moby Grape box and like Skip's songs the best. He was right there in the beginning with the San Fran bands. Real talented. And Like all of these guys indulged and went mentally haywire.

7&7 is, yea, Arthur. I just watched on You Tube a documentary about Love and really Arthur. They really owned the strip for a few years. Real Interesting, he was so great. But a total bag of contradictions. The hard side with the artistic side mixed together.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2011 1:54:12 PM PDT
onsenkuma says:
Ahhh, Mr. Fernandez, excellent taste!

Never thought of Peter Green as an icon of 'psychedelic' music as much as a kind of blues without borders. Among the others the choice is difficult, but of the solo material from these men I found Spence's 'Oar' the most intriguing. Syd was already pretty messed up by 'Madcap Laughs', and it seems to have taken Gilmour's involvement to pull it together into some semblance of an album...

As to Roky/13th Floor Elevators, Slip Inside This House from 'Easter Everywhere' gets my vote as one of the best ever and most original songs of the first psychedelic era; the lyrics alone perfectly express that whole vibe...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2011 2:31:43 PM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
There's a various artist tribute to Oar, wherein they all each take on a song from it.Some of it's pretty good, though I prefer the original.Sundazed may still have a 10" demo of Skip material supposedly recorded after Oar was released.And a 7" one side circa early 70's the b-side from '96 for the X-Files soundtrack-unissued.
re: Arthur ... during interviews he could come off sounding so very humble and then turn right around and become extremely egotistical, all in the same paragraph.He was always a trip, even without drugs.He was always his own worst enemy and thus had more bad luck than Badfinger.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 2:46:46 PM PDT
7&7 , and that is saying a lot !

That contradictory nature is great in any artistic endeavour but not always so easy to live your life that way, to be in the skin of, the head of. Even the name of the band - Love - is of the time, but doesn't paint the picture of all their songs. Not hippie anthems. But if you wanna make a philisophical point their music does describe all the many sides of the emotion love - good, bad , and ugly. Sorry for the wimpy detour.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 3:01:01 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Syd and Roky, tied.

Why I can't put Arthur Lee up there with them is there's a symbiotic relationship really with him and Bryan MacLean. Half of water is either hydrogen or oxygen. It's the same principle. Or I could say his name isn't really Roger and theirs is.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 6:25:24 PM PDT
Zaplightning says:
I have to go with Syd.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 4:41:00 PM PDT
All good musicians, but I think Syd wins hands down as the most creative of the lot. You could potentially add Brian Wilson and (to a lesser extent) Brian Jones to that list as well.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 8:01:12 PM PDT
SYD BARRETT was a mad genius and the heart and soul of Pink Floyd. I can take nothing away from the band because WITH Syd they certainly wouldn't have reached the heights they did. However, without him they may never have gotten off the ground. What's so great is that the guys in the band never forgot Syd. That shows class and TRUE friendship. It's sad what happened to Syd but if things went any other way he probably wouldn't be the legendary figure that he is today. Everybody loves a good recluse story. For good or bad...

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 8:24:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 27, 2011 8:27:28 PM PDT
Also, if it hadn't been for Syd, what would Waters have had to write lyrics about after he left? LOL. Syd shined on through their music for years after he left the band. That's a pretty amazing legacy for a guy who recorded one PF and two solo records.
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