If he’s not too busy in the middle of a cosmic reunion jam with Rick Wright you could do worse than let Syd Barrett know there’s a fantastic new single coming out very soon in his honour. Sonically, it’s nothing like his blend of off-kilter psychedelia, but the Trashcan Sinatras have created a luscious and bluesy 6 and a half minutes plus track that’s a worthy contendor for Single of the Year.
If you’re in any way a fan of Syd you’ll be able to spot a few knowing nods in his direction – mentions of ‘Emily’, ‘bicycles’, ‘English skies’, and the fact that it’s called ‘Oranges & Apples’. It was written after his possessions were sold off when he died, so you also get mentions to ‘green wheelbarrows’, ‘drawers’ and references to the colours he used in his painting. It’s the perfect soundtrack for the Indian summer that’s supposed to be coming our way in October, which is when it’s released. You can hear some of the track here, and also get details of how to download it.
Back in the days when high streets still had record shops, I used to work in one. I learned quickly that there are 2 types of Pink Floyd. There’s The Pink Floyd, late 60s psychedelic pioneers and creators of arguably the best album of 1967, ‘A Saucerful Of Secrets’ (move over Sgt Pepper). This is the Syd-era Pink Floyd that yer serious music fan enjoys. Then there’s The Floyd Man, as in “you goat oany Floyd, man?” This group was the Syd-less creators of such rock behemoths as ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, ‘The Wall’ and all that jazz, and the reason John Lydon wore an ‘I Hate Pink Floyd’ t-shirt. This is the Pink Floyd that weekend stoners, neds and shoplifters would be looking for. None of the Pink Floyd albums could be displayed with their covers in them cos they all got nicked. What’s so interesting about the covers for ‘Meddle‘ or ‘Animals‘ or ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason‘ is anyone’s guess, but they could never be displayed. Same thing with The Doors back catalogue. And Metallica. Even The Eagles back catalogue cover art was pillaged in my shop. Nae taste, they neds.
In the meantime, here’s a few Syd Barrett outtakes, all from the ‘Crazy Diamond’ Box Set. I think the tracks also appear on the Japanese issues of his solo albums, but you’ll find some choice cuts below.
Octopus (Takes 1 & 2)
Golden Hair (Take 5)
Baby Lemonade (Take 1)
It Is Obvious (Take 2)
Gigolo Aunt (Take 9)
Clowns & Jugglers (Take 1)
Effervescing Elephant (Take 2)
a nice wee Syd outtakes compilation!
Interestingly, ‘Golden Hair (Take 5)’ is credited as being produced by Pete Jenner. He later went on to manage the Trashcans for a wee while. Now, get over to The City Wakes website and order ‘Oranges & Apples’. Woah! Wait! It’s not out til the 13th of October. Do it then! Make sure you do!
*Bonus track. The Pink Floyd‘s 1967 single ‘Apples & Oranges’