Re: Syd Barrett- So who else loves this guy? C'mon, you know you love Floyd!
Whenever I pick up a guitar in a shop, the first thing I blast out is 'Astronomy Domine'. It's also my warm up song - at least the bits I can follow because the mid-section is throughly mental. As far as his solo works go, my favourite song is 'Gigolo Aunt' - just because it's so quintessentially bizarre and Syd. I love the man - as a songwriter he is one of my biggest influences. The way he manages to fit abstract poetry with obtuse and often angular music yet still make it paletteable and at the same time produce works of extraordinary experimentation and beauty - whilst being incredibly undertrained and raw is an incredible inspiration to me. I appreciate that the acid had a hand with that along the way - but I rank him amongst the greatest songwriters of the last 100 years.
Incidentally my old biology teacher was from Cambridge and knew him at school. He was weird then too.