Freshmen year of college was not only when I got into R.E.M., but also Syd Barrett's solo stuff, what little there was. Being a Pink Floyd fan, his two weird solo albums were right up my alley. Drugs also helped.
Most people probably aren’t real familiar with The Madcap Laughs or Barrett, but at least one of his solo tunes, Dark Globe, has been covered by a few big names over the years. It’s a great song.
Here, then, is R.E.M. (or, half of the band) covering it in 1991. They also did an official cover of it, which you can hear, along with a bunch of other versions, in this playlist.
There a few bands (only one, really) that I love more than Pink Floyd. Of all the Pink Floyd songs, my favorite is Green is the Colour. It was recorded and released in 1969 (just about the best year ever, for many reasons) for The Soundtrack from the Film More.
The original studio version, which you can hear above, is good. But on stage they turned it into a whole different experience. It was a regular part of their live sets from 1969 well into 1971. Back in college, I had one or two bootlegs from those years, but now, thanks to YouTube (and people with way too much free time), there’s an almost endless supply of live Pink Floyd from these years and, hence, lots and lots (and lots) of live versions of the song to listen to.
I’ve made myself a playlist of 15 live versions of the song (well, 14 live versions and one partial rehearsal). I thought I’d share, so here you go. Besides, St. Patrick’s Day is coming so why not?
Yes, I will sit and listen to the same song 15 times in a row. Sometimes more.