Mojo (UK) - - The 50 Greatest Pink Floyd Songs -

(from The Early Years 1965-1967: Cam­bridge St/ation, 2016)

Primeval ev­i­dence of a unique, mis­shapen take on pop. Recorded as The Tea Set around Christ­mas 1964, with Rado Klose aug­ment­ing Syd Bar­rett on gui­tars, this peppy Roger Wa­ters ditty feels un­canny in light of Bar­rett’s later strug­gles with the quo­tid­ian. Here, singing Syd would love to take a stroll with his lady friend – played by Rick Wright’s first wife Juli­ette Gale – if it weren’t for his litany of af­flic­tions, in­clud­ing “Menin­gi­tis, peri­toni­tis/DTs and a washed-up brain”. A Nervous Norvus-style nov­elty-turned-macabre prophecy. DE

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