See Emily Play is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. To commemorate the death of Syd Barrett, we thought it would only be fitting to relive the great song.
Watch him perform See Emily Play and Apples and Oranges with Pink Floyd above. The video also includes a short interview with Dick Clark on American Bandstand.
Unfortunately, BBC has wiped all of the 'Top of The Pops' footages of See Emily Play, and all that is left is this particular performance when they were on their first U.S. tour.
As See Emily Play was released in 1967, Syd was already showing some signs of unusual behaviour. In the performance above, some viewers commented on the video that Barrett wasn't lip-synching right and looked unenthusiastic about performing. He would often hauntingly stare into space while singing.
Barrett's declining mental health had deeply affected Roger Waters' songwriting as they knew each other since childhood. It was very notable in Pink Floyd's later albums, The Dark Side of The Moon and Wish You Were Here.
Barrett also made a significant impact on music today, mostly in the punk and alternative rock genre. One of his most memorable trademarks is when he would play his guitar, sliding a Zippo lighter up and down the fretboard through an echo box, churning out an otherworldly sound. Barrett was very experimental and curious when it comes to music. He experimented with all the sonic possibilities of distortion, feedback, as well as the echo box mentioned earlier.
Shine on You crazy Diamond.