Jimmy Page at his boathouse in Pangbourne.
It started out as a kiss, how did it end up like this…
I am a big, bright, shining star! | Boogie nights (1997)
Andrew VanWyngarden + Dogs
Get To Know Me→ Favorite Scenes [9/9]: An Affair To Remember (1957)
"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories… We´ve already missed spring."
"games for may" was a happening held at the queen elizabeth hall in 1967, and syd barrett was commissioned to write a theme song for the event.
needing a new lyrical theme to fill the now redundant chorus line of “free games for may”, syd looked around him for inspiration and found the honourable emily young, a 16-year-old raver that the crowd at the UFO Club had nicknamed “the psychedelic schoolgirl” and looked down upon.
syd echoed this in the opening line: “emily tries but misunderstands.”
see emily play.
there are so many of syd’s songs that i love, but this is my favourite. i remember hearing it on the radio as a kid and being totally bowled over. it was a proper hit single, which is unbelievable when you look at the state of the charts now. melodically it’s brilliant, and the arrangement is so compact and concise. it does so much in less than three minutes. sonically, it’s amazing. the intro is fucking over-whelming, it still sounds fresh today. but then for me, all those great psychedelic records haven’t dated at all.
i like the fact that lyrically it’s a simple song. i read an article recently that explained that it was inspired by a girl called emily young who hung out with the floyd. she was friends with anjelica huston, i think. there’s a purity about the song which reflects that.
syd has been an influence on all my music. i heard “start!” on the radio the other day, and it reminded me that the guitar break was totally influenced by syd. even if it didn’t sound like him, in my mind i was trying to get that psychedelic feeling over. to me, that’s what syd’s floyd were about: creating a mood you can’t quite put your finger on…
(paul weller about barrett, uncut magazine, october of 2008)