Syd Barrett: 10 Crazy True Rock Star StoriesDoctor declared him "incurable" without even meeting himYou know someone has really truly lost their mind when even a certified psychiatrist can't figure him out. The band once consulted a doctor who declared Syd "incurable" - just by listening to him talk on a cassette tape. Safe to say at that point his insanity had reached uncharted levels.
Syd Barrett: 10 Crazy True Rock Star StoriesHe actually came up with the band's name somehowBefore they were Pink Floyd, they were "The Abdabs," "Sigma 6" and "The Meggadeaths." You'd think Syd came up with those ridiculous names, but he actually saved the band from them! The name Pink Floyd came from the combining of the names of two of Syd's favorite blues musicians at the time, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. So he made his biggest contribution to the band before he ever went off the deep end.
Syd Barrett: 10 Crazy True Rock Star StoriesStayed with band after David GilmourDavid Gilmour initially joined Pink Floyd as a second guitar player, to cover for Syd whenever he decided not to perform, which was becoming increasingly more normal during his drugged-out phases. Syd would be on-stage with the band during shows, but often would just wander around and glare at Gilmour, who actually played and sang.
Syd Barrett: 10 Crazy True Rock Star StoriesSprinkled drugs in his hair before a showA show in late 1967 had Syd looking like a "guttered candle" as he had an entire tube of gel squeezed into his hair melting down his face. He had also crushed Mandrax tranquilizers and added them to his hair before the performance. Nick Mason claims Syd "would never waste good mandies," but really nothing can be put past the guy in terms of bizarre on-stage behavior.
Syd Barrett: 10 Crazy True Rock Star Stories"Have You got It, Yet?"Syd's last-ever practice session with the band had him presenting a new song called "Have You Got It, Yet?" Roger Waters and the rest of the band would learn the arrangement and practice it, but soon noticed Syd was changing the song as they were practicing. Then he would present them with the new arrangement and ask them, "Have You Got It, Yet?" It was some kind of sick joke to Syd, but really it was just a waste of time. At that point nothing he did was even funny.
Syd Barrett: 10 Crazy True Rock Star StoriesBeat his girlfriend with a mandolinFamed Pink Floyd photographer Storm Thorgersson once recounted a time when Syd's abuse toward his girlfriend turned from psychological to physical. He said he had to pull him off his girlfriend one time because he was beating her over the head with a mandolin. Considering how drugged up he was at the time, he probably thought he was slaying a dragon or something. That was probably the last time any woman ever trusted Syd.
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Syd Barrett: 10 Crazy True Rock Star StoriesOften wandered the streets with no particular destinationApparently the band let Syd do this just so he would stop bothering them with his behavior. People have recalled approaching Syd on the streets during such wandering episodes, where they'd ask him where he's going and he'd reply with some variation of "Far further than you could possibly imagine." Yeah, the guy was just gone.
Syd Barrett: 10 Crazy True Rock Star StoriesHeld women captiveOne period describes Syd's time as a prison warden for his girlfriend, groupies and other women. He once kept his girlfriend locked up for several days and fed her with biscuits & water like she was in solitary confinement. Why did he do such inexplicably cruel things? Nobody will ever know. And even if we got an explanation, it surely wouldn't make any sense.
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Syd Barrett: 10 Crazy True Rock Star StoriesDetuned his guitar during a performanceOne famous on-stage incident happened at the Fillmore in San Francisco. During the song "Interstellar Overdrive," Syd began detuning his guitar, for no particular reason at all. Something like that might be cool if it's planned out and done deliberately, but randomly detuning your guitar with no rhyme or reason to it? That's just an a-hole move.
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Syd Barrett: 10 Crazy True Rock Star StoriesWould strum the same chord for entire showsNear the end of his time in Pink Floyd, Syd's erratic off-stage behavior began spilling onto the stage. He would often stand there and strum the same chord on his guitar for entire shows, or sometimes not play at all. Whether any of the LSD'd-up fans in the crowd ever noticed is beyond us.