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Nick Mason shares his 5 favourite Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd songs

music news 14/01/2019

In a new interview, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason reveals five of his favourite songs from Syd Barrett era of Pink Floyd - running from 1965 to 1968, spawning 1967's 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' and part of 1968's 'A Saucerful of Secrets'. Check out which songs he loved below.

'Astronomy Domine'
"The track begins with our manager reading the names of the planets. Those were the days when management was involved in the artistic decisions as well as the business," Mason said.

'Bike'
"From what I remember about this song, all of the clocks on it were recorded for real. The lyrics to this are so very Syd, astonishingly clever."

'Interstellar Overdrive'
"This is a track that is open to improvisation and reinterpretation. When you play the opening riffs, you can freestyle it so many different ways."

'Vegetable Man'
"A wonderful song. It sounds relatively simple, but it's actually a bit more complicated and almost punk. It's sort of four snare beats to the bar, which is a very sort of punk way of drumming."

'Arnold Layne'
"This is a really unusual song. It's part of the late-1960s thing where suddenly songs are more than just 'I'm gonna get you, babe.' The weird thing is that I think back in '67, and the end of '66, we thought we wanted to be an R&B band, and somehow got completely distracted by writings songs like this and 'Bike' and 'The Gnome' and that whole rather weird English way of life.