It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Syd Barrett

Like a supernova, Roger "Syd" Barrett burned briefly and brightly, leaving an indelible mark upon psychedelic and progressive rock as the founder and original singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist of Pink Floyd. Barrett was responsible for most of their brilliant first album, 1967's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, but left and/or was fired from the band in early 1968 after his erratic behavior had made him too difficult to deal with (he appears on a couple tracks on their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets). Such was his stature within the original lineup that few observers thought the band could survive his departure; in fact, the original group's management decided to keep Syd on and leave the rest of the band to their own devices. Pink Floyd never recaptured the playful humor and mad energy of their work with Barrett.

After a period of hibernation, Barrett re-emerged in 1970 with a pair of albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, which featured considerable support from his former bandmates (especially his replacement, David Gilmour, who produced most of the sessions). Members of Soft Machine also play on these records, which have a ragged, unfinished, and folky feel. Barrett's eccentric humor, sly wordplay, and infectious melodies range from brilliant to chaotic on his solo work. Lacking the taut power of his recordings with the Floyd in 1967, they nevertheless remain fascinating and moving glimpses into a creative psyche gone awry after (it is theorized) too much fame and too many drugs too early. With increasing psychological problems, Barrett withdrew into near-total seclusion after these albums and never released any more material.

Although they attracted little attention upon their release, his albums also attracted a cult audience. Barrett's music and mystique achieved a lasting influence that continues to grow over two decades later. Latter-day new-wave psychedelic acts like Julian Cope, the Television Personalities, and (especially) Robyn Hitchcock acknowledge Barrett's tremendous influence on their work. The Barrett cult became large enough to warrant the release of an entire album of previously unreleased material and outtakes, Opel, in the late '80s, as well as his sessions for the BBC. As for the man himself, after 1973 he remained hidden away at his mother's home in Cambridge, turning away both curious fans and any offers to play music (though he did show up at sessions for Pink Floyd's 1975 album Wish You Were Here, and once the band recognized him, they declined his offer to participate). The occasional photo of Barrett surfaced over the years, revealing him to be a perfectly normal, if grumpy, looking fellow. After battling diabetes for several years, Barrett died peacefully in July 2006 at the age of 60. ~ Richie Unterberger
full bio

Selected Discography

Comments

Report as inappropriate
Some say with drugs and alcohol its impossible to reach your full potential, Syd proved them wrong.
Report as inappropriate
Art that's all I have to say art
Report as inappropriate
You reached for the secret to soon...
Report as inappropriate
Syd was lightyears away from everyone...a r t student in a band with architecture students...m a g i c a l music...bril l i a n t songwriting. . . r i p syd
Report as inappropriate
Peace. Pot .an Micro dots..
Report as inappropriate
Waters picked up an dropped it..
Report as inappropriate
The real pink .. Roger doesn't have NOTHING! ! ON SID..
Report as inappropriate
I always laugh at how much hate is often directed towards Syd and later Waters. Early Pink Floyd was a magical moment in time and leave at that. After the two Poets left, Floyd became something else entirely. Pandora update and get it right.
Report as inappropriate
Screw all the critics...lo v e me some Syd.
Report as inappropriate
stephaniehol l y w o o d b l u e
Syd is underated and original. Way before his time. Genius
Report as inappropriate
matthewroy43 5
one of a kind. sums it up Syd was a badass
Report as inappropriate
stephaniehol l y w o o d b l u e
I love Syd now and forever !!
Report as inappropriate
lblil9
love syd
Report as inappropriate
s.creed78
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Report as inappropriate
syd was a living legend.he leaves an unparalleled legacy. his story is sadly tragic. but he will forever shine in eternity as a diamond in the musical galaxy of art and pure beauty! long live syd roger barrett, the astral piper!
Report as inappropriate
Syd's music is magical. :)
Report as inappropriate
Well, Syd is dead now, has been for a few years now. Pandora needs to update the bio. Richard Wright is dead too. Sadly they will never grace us again. Roger turned bitter for a while, but he and David buried the hatchet and have even played together a couple of times since 2010. The music will live for a very long time, but Pink Floyd as an entity is dead. Long live Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson.
Report as inappropriate
dardess
Roger Waters claimed Syd was not an influence on him except early on. I disagree but then I dislike Roger Waters.
Report as inappropriate
sunshinebry2 0 0 0
Oh by the way this one's Pink!
Report as inappropriate
Genius writ large.
Report as inappropriate
Better than David gilmour
Report as inappropriate
he was a genius
Report as inappropriate
Happy birthday , Syd :-)
Report as inappropriate
His songs are awesome even translated into Spanish!
Report as inappropriate
Andy Kaufman was and will forever be a tool.
Report as inappropriate
Syd Barrett and Andy Kaufman would have been great friends... I can sense it
Report as inappropriate
naanasalex
@ Queen_Of_The _ N o r m a n s : I know right? Sad, how many celebs and musicians die too young. Mostly from drugs. Stupid, have some common sense people, don't follow these lost stars into the grave too early. R.I.P. Syd, and shine on you crazy diamond.
Report as inappropriate
Syd's career may have been short-lived, but he has a number of great songs. Also, Floyd made most of their money off of songs inspired by Syd.
Report as inappropriate
Live on you crazy diamond.
Report as inappropriate
<3 Syd <3
Report as inappropriate
<3
Report as inappropriate
jjlax7: I really can't explain why I laughed so hard at your comment. It really shouldn't be so funny... Yet I laugh._.
Report as inappropriate
Greatest song of all time *_*
Report as inappropriate
Oh well, insanity makes for good music, for better or worse.
Report as inappropriate
^.^
Report as inappropriate
Jugband blues ... And I'm wondering who can be writing this song...
Report as inappropriate
One of the best forgotten songwriters of all time. I'm waiting for glhim to rediscovered by my generation. I'm 18, so think it can be done
Report as inappropriate
mbowley75
I dig the Soft Boys & select Robyn Hitchcock tracks but he's practically aping Syd Barrett much of the time in my opinion. Hitchcock's stuff isn't anywhere near as inspired as even the most middling of Syd's stuff in my estimation at least.
Report as inappropriate
he died 7/7/2006 so that explains why he's no longer seen in public...
Report as inappropriate
Syd probably lived as long as he did because he was smart enough to walk away So maybe he wasnt all that crazy ..after all.....in the end...
Report as inappropriate
f**k all you guys they are brillant i wouldnt change a thing about any oe of them they are all creative in their own way
Report as inappropriate
syd is Pink Floyd!
Report as inappropriate
enjoying what life offers is reason to exist, time changes that reality by adding the past
Report as inappropriate
F**k this guy
Report as inappropriate
dirtyfonzie
Sorry...but Floyd really blossomed after they dropped Syd (no pun). Gilmour made that band complete. Then Waters screwed it up...
Report as inappropriate
Roger Waters was the downfall of this awesome band
Report as inappropriate
he's dead, which would explain why he hasn't been out in public lately
Report as inappropriate
jchristian10 4 5
Syd's ghost lives on in the soul of Robyn Hitchcock. Seriously . . . if you like Syd Barret check out Robyn Hitchock (Soft Boys, & the Egyptians) He's put out, like, 30 albums so far. Listen to at least 4 of them before making up your mind. He's brilliant . . . and really twisted. Top notch musician as well.

Peace
Report as inappropriate
Syd Barrett was the inspiration of anything known until today as Pink Floyd. Even after his departure, the band relied on him heavily . Barrett died July 7 2006 in Cambridge England.
I believe this is more accurate than Pandora's Bio but thanks for playing Pink Floyd music.
Report as inappropriate
Syd Barrett is just, so insperationa l . His music was the best. Pink Floyd was so much better with Barrett.
Show more

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[110, 123, 117, 71, 81, 108, 95, 74, 99, 72, 92, 119, 97, 97, 100, 124, 100, 83, 88, 122, 80, 122, 123, 100, 99, 109, 122, 74, 86, 73, 82, 85, 94, 115, 88, 121, 66, 86, 126, 92, 90, 100, 118, 98, 73, 109, 105, 88, 93, 85, 82, 114, 83, 102, 69, 108, 95, 104, 66, 70, 93, 115, 122, 119, 125, 105, 86, 67, 98, 80, 81, 97, 80, 127, 94, 64, 103, 82, 115, 113, 77, 122, 69, 81, 92, 82, 92, 93, 75, 120, 95, 119, 84, 80, 108, 72, 126, 80, 106, 116, 94, 109, 122, 95, 102, 118, 79, 88, 120, 121, 94, 111, 89, 64, 79, 125, 120, 71, 94, 100, 72, 110, 96, 99, 106, 116, 71, 118, 104, 126, 73, 123, 80, 77, 123, 108, 108, 67, 81, 71, 103, 72, 83, 89, 66, 73, 110, 106, 94, 101, 116, 70, 124, 71, 102, 110, 84, 93, 106, 70, 106, 84, 67, 71, 99, 73, 116, 72, 117, 120, 84, 96, 109, 112, 100, 112, 126, 123, 113, 89, 109, 124, 65, 84, 115, 82, 127, 104, 84, 92, 95, 90, 68, 123, 71, 76, 117, 94, 70, 72, 79, 120, 65, 81, 64, 86, 87, 76, 127, 81, 91, 74, 126, 103, 68, 124, 120, 105, 114, 121, 80, 97, 86, 75, 111, 110, 124, 79, 99, 108, 70, 121, 125, 94, 87, 120, 100, 113, 76, 88, 72, 119, 108, 69, 105, 89, 99, 105, 67, 109, 122, 127, 105, 95, 120, 114, 102, 92, 114, 78, 78, 104, 90, 95, 95, 109, 67, 125, 76, 81, 81, 74, 108, 99, 84, 83, 92, 92, 101, 66, 87, 82, 117, 86, 109, 83, 68, 121, 107, 82, 106, 115, 75, 99, 103, 102, 94, 101, 119, 96, 99, 91, 76, 66, 101, 116, 71, 72, 100, 74, 83, 120, 67, 103, 122, 76, 66, 98, 85, 100, 108, 64, 122, 102, 78, 75, 101, 109, 120, 104, 65, 75, 98, 102, 93, 91, 78, 72, 71, 72, 74, 123, 80, 117, 74, 125, 113, 123, 105, 93, 95, 103, 102, 71, 67, 96, 124, 124, 67, 71, 88, 68, 105, 79, 72, 84, 79, 109, 116, 99, 69, 87, 91, 97, 78, 90, 113, 125, 69, 86, 124, 86, 96, 102, 100, 92, 72, 102, 126, 70, 117, 84, 88, 69, 68, 117, 106, 71, 127, 125, 80, 70, 125, 98, 79, 102, 64, 89, 116, 96, 86, 92, 76, 96, 72, 74, 127, 126, 84, 73, 117, 80, 83, 84, 126, 118, 84, 111, 96, 88, 88, 87, 81, 87, 100, 87, 87, 112, 103, 98, 93, 92, 88, 123, 112, 92, 79, 69, 122, 124, 65, 126, 114, 100, 93, 70, 105, 99, 90, 92, 67, 101, 71, 100, 86, 123, 90, 115, 66, 108, 93, 110, 78, 107, 95, 83, 117, 123, 70, 99, 96, 70, 76, 72, 79, 92, 84, 82, 66, 77, 121, 117, 87, 96, 119, 95, 114, 66, 101, 100, 81, 121, 120, 90, 91, 75, 91, 119, 71, 125, 88, 73]