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Scream Thy Last Scream” is a song by Pink Floyd, written by frontman Syd Barrett and scheduled to be the band’s next single after “See Emily Play” , Its first official release was on The Early Years 1965-1972 box set in November 2016. The song features several changes in tempo, a sped-up double-tracked vocal part by Barrett, while drummer Nick Mason simultaneously sings the normal part (one of only 4 moments he ever sang on a Floyd record),a range of bells, crowd noises, an instrumental section that continually increases in speed featuring wah-wah guitar solos and keyboards, and surreal lyrics. Barrett is only clearly audible on one line in the song, “she’ll be scrubbing bubbles on all fours”


“Scream Thy Last Scream’ has lead vocals by Nick Mason,” noted David Gilmour in 2002. “We did actually perform that one a few times in my very early years with Pink Floyd. I don’t know if they ‘Scream Thy Last Scream’ and ‘Vegetable Man’ were ever finally mixed.

  • Nick Mason – lead vocals, drums
  • Syd Barrett – guitar, sped-up double-tracked vocals, vocals (one line)
  • Richard Wright – keyboards
  • Roger Waters – bass guitar

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The Madcap Laughs, Syd Barrett’s first solo album, opens with this track, a deceptively spartan blues riff that bears no trace of the glittering psychedelia that colored Pink Floyd’s Barrett-led The Piper At The Gates of Dawn. Recorded in a single take by producer Malcolm Jones (who would never have it that easy again), “Terrapin” is so hushed that you can hear each scrape of Barrett’s pick against his acoustic guitar as an overdubbed electric languorously traces its melody line, both of them abruptly hanging here and there to throw the whole thing just slightly off-kilter. The lyrics start surprisingly straightforward for Barrett (“I really love you, yes I do”) but grow more densely surreal as “Terrapin” stretches on and on, with Barrett reinforcing the refrain “’Cause we’re the fishes and all we do / The move about is all we do” through undersea imagery and the song’s subtle, watery undulation. Barrett’s mental decline is one of rock’s great tragedies, and while his solo work is understandably uneven, tracks like “Terrapin” offer an accessible entry point to one of music’s most idiosyncratic minds.

Having reached the age of retirement this weekend, I’ve decided not to retire and instead play even more shows. I had a great birthday at home in Nashville with my friends and felines. We capped off the celebrations with an epic karaoke groove.
Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes, I love you all. I’m a dismal Brit in many ways, but I’m also I’m a chronic sentimentalist. Go Pisces! Wait ’til you see the silk fish shirt I bought to celebrate my 65th.

In May I’ll be playing solo and band dates in the UK. In June you’ll find me in Ireland and France. Full details on my website.
In other news, in 1982 I went to Norway and I never came back. The place has an empty ghostliness that entered my soul for life. My 2011 album “Tromsø, Kaptein” was released in Norway only as a loving tribute. I’m happy to say the album is now available in the US, UK and other countries by request. CDs are ready to be shipped and vinyl pre-orders will be sent out in April. I’ve been playing these songs live for quite a while, so you may have already heard “The Abyss”, “Old Man Weather” and “Light Blue Afternoon”.
By the by, my occasional collaborator and harmony singer Emma Swift has recorded a gorgeous version of Neil Young’s ‘Mellow My Mind”.

If you’re looking for something new to watch on tv, I can recommend “Electric Dreams”. I contributed a cover of Syd Barrett’s “Octopus” featuring Graham Coxon from Blur on lead guitar and harmonies. I was delighted to watch the episode it appears in and see Steve Buscemi apparently listening to it on repeat. Good on you, Steve! Good on you, Syd! . 

It’s a nice rainy night here in Tennessee, so I am going to curl up with the cats and a new book. Don’t worry, I’m still addicted to social media and if you want to keep in touch, Peace, love, polka dots.
Robyn H x

From the new self titled record from Robyn Hitchcock – out now on Yep Roc Records

See Pink Floyd's Atmospheric New Video for 1969's 'Green Is the Colour'

Pink Floyd have dug deep into their vaults for The Early Years 1965-1972, a massive upcoming box set that unearths audio and video from their earliest days with frontman Syd Barrett through right before their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. One of the many interesting eras documented in the box set is the period directly after they parted ways with Barrett, around when they recorded the soundtrack to the art-house flick More.

A new music video for More’s slow-building, psychedelic cut “Green Is the Colour” is premiering above. The live footage comes from a concert the band performed in Saint-Tropez, France, at the Pop Deux Festival on August 8th, 1970; the video component of the box set contains more songs from the festival. As with the “Grantchester Meadows”  video Pink Floyd released this summer, Hipgnosis’ Aubrey Powell served as creative director on the “Green” video and Nick Edwards shot the new footage interspersed throughout.

The More album was Pink Floyd’s follow up to A Saucerful of Secrets, the LP the group made as Barrett was leaving and David Gilmour was joining the band , and it showed that they could move on without their founding frontman. The band performed songs from More on tour in 1969 as part of two suites – The Man and The Journey – for which they retitled “Green Is the Colour” as “The Beginning” when it was played as the opening track of the latter piece. Even after they moved on from the suites, they kept the tune in their set lists through 1971.

The creative process behind scoring More was unique for the band. “[More filmmaker Barbet Schroeder] didn’t want a soundtrack to go behind the music,” Roger Waters once said, according to author Mark Blake’s band bio Comfortably Numb. “He wanted it literally. So if the radio was switched on in the car for example, he wanted something to come out of the car. He wanted it to relate to exactly what was happening in the movie. I was sitting at the side of the studio writing lyrics while we were putting down the backing tracks. It was just a question of writing eight or nine instrumentals.”

Roger was the big creative force,” Schroeder said. “I remember this incredibly hectic two weeks. The sound engineer couldn’t believe the speed and creativity of the enterprise.”

The Early Years contains 27 discs, spanning CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and seven-inch vinyl, grouped by year. It includes several renditions of “Green Is the Colour” as well as the whole More film and reproductions of memorabilia from around the time. The group has also made a pared-down, two-disc version,The Early Years 1967 – 1972: Cre/ation. Both will come out on November 11th.

Pink Floyd - Syd Barrett

Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett, in the last of two rare sessions for John Peel, recorded on December 20, 1967. There are a lot of people (myself included) who felt that Pink Floyd changed radically after Syd Barrett left. That the new Pink Floyd, post-Saucerful of Secrets needed some getting used to. The story has been told and retold a million times, and doesn’t need repeating here. Syd Barrett was the true driving force behind Pink Floyd in the early days – he did, if nothing else, take Psychedelia several steps higher and expanded the sheer creative horizon of the genre. Coupled with the fact that Barrett was a tremendous writer, with a vision and wit few matched.

That it all fell apart due to emotional instability fueled by just a little too much acid has become the stuff of legend. That his solo work later was fleeting, and that he was already too far gone to connect with an audience who didn’t want to let him go made the whole story that much more tragic.

And even during the period of this session, things were dicey. The previous Peel session was marred by a freak-out, and getting this one on tape was probably a miracle in retrospect.

I have never been able to figure out why Vegetable Man and Scream Thy Last Scream weren’t officially released or included as part of the myriad retrospective packages put out over the years. They have become legendary “lost” tracks, which have gone on to be highly influential and even covered in the late 70s by The Soft Boys (their version of Vegetable Man is almost note-perfect). The original sessions have been bootlegged and passed around to collectors and cherished as priceless evidence for a few decades now.

Syd Barrett, even now some 10 years after his death, has only gained in stature and mystery – the sadly little of what he left behind has been thoroughly dissected and analyzed over the years. And new fans have discovered and are enthralled by this figure, who came and went in a flash, but left an enormous impression on an era.

If, for some reason, you aren’t familiar with Syd Barrett, or haven’t heard this Peel session, have a listen and go on a search and see what else you can find. There’s precious little, but what there is will amaze.

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Born 6th Jan 1946, on this day, Syd Barrett, guitarist, singer, songwriter with Pink Floyd. Syd Barrett, who was a co-founding member, left Pink Floyd in 1968. He released 2 solo albums before going into self-imposed seclusion for more than 30 years, enjoying life as an artist and a keen gardener. Pink Floyd wrote many tributes to him after he left, the best-known being “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. Syd Barrett died, aged 60, on 7th July 2006 from complications arising from diabetes.



Mick Rock reminisces I was meant to go and shoot Syd Barrett upstairs in his flat, but when I saw this car outside I thought: “Fuck it – I need to take pictures of that, too.” It was an incredible prop to have plonked there. If I recall correctly, it was a Pontiac Parisienne, a push-button convertible, and it was pink. Mickey Finn, who became the bongo-player for T-Rex, had picked it up at an auction, and Syd Barrett had swopped his Mini for it. But he didn’t have a clue how to drive this massive American car, and it basically didn’t work anyway. You can see the back wheel is a bit wonky. Eventually, it got towed away.

It was autumn 1969, and I was over at Earls Court trying to get shots for the cover of Syd’s first solo album, The Madcap Laughs. He had an amazing look: a beautiful burnt-out rock’n’roller. I think he looked better than he ever did in Pink Floyd. He was probably the hippest thing out there, as far as England was concerned. He had basically just rolled out of bed, shaken his head, put a bit of kohl on, and gotten dressed. There were no stylists, no assistants – who had money for that? Iggy the Eskimo just did whatever makeup he needed around the eyes. I think that’s why lots of pictures from the 60s and 70s look so authentic: they weren’t styled by anybody.
Syd was a painter really. He’d been to art school. That’s why his music was so unique, because he thought like a painter – and he carried on painting for the rest of his life. One of the reasons why people love him so much is because they only know the bare facts of his life, since he gave so few interviews. I actually did the last one with him in 1971, after he had retreated back to his mum’s house in Cambridge. People think he went mad, but I never did. He was a total original,


This day in 1968, at the University of Birmingham, fans saw the first of the handful of concerts which were performed by the five-piece Pink Floyd. This picture is one of a handful taken at the sole photo session undertaken when the band had both Syd Barrett, and David Gilmour, in their ranks.