Dark Globe

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"Dark Globe"
Song by Syd Barrett from the album The Madcap Laughs
Published Lupus Music Ltd
Released 3 January 1970
Recorded 12 June 1969
26 July 1969 (Opel version)
Genre Folk
Length 2:02
3:00 (Opel version)
Label Harvest (UK)
Capitol (US)
Writer Syd Barrett
Producer David Gilmour, Roger Waters
The Madcap Laughs track listing
Opel track listing
"Lanky
(Part One)"
(11)
"Wouldn't You Miss Me
(Dark Globe)
"
(12)
"Milky Way"
(13)
An Introduction to Syd Barrett track listing

"Dark Globe" (also known as "Wouldn't You Miss Me")[1] is a song by Syd Barrett, released on his first solo album The Madcap Laughs.

Recording[edit]

A session was held on 12 June 1969,[2][3] with producers David Gilmour and Roger Waters,[4] at which recording "Dark Globe", among others.[2][3][5] Though, despite two takes deeming the song finished by both Gilmour and Waters, a third attempt was done towards the end of the session.[3] The version recorded at the start of the session was released on the finished album.[6] On 26 July,[7] "Dark Globe" was re-made.[1] This take was titled "Wouldn't You Miss Me" on the recording sheet.[1] The track, along with two others, was mixed on 6 August.[8]

Covers[edit]

"Dark Globe"
Single by David Gilmour
A-side "Arnold Layne"
Released 26 December 2006
Genre Folk
Length 2:23
Label EMI
Producer(s) David Gilmour
David Gilmour singles chronology
"Smile"
(2006)
"Arnold Layne"
(2006)

This song has been covered by R.E.M. while touring to support Document and Green, first released by them in 1989 on the single "Orange Crush", and re-released in 1993 on the British "collector's edition" of the single for "Everybody Hurts",[9] and also as one of four cover versions within the rare "Automatic Box." In an interview for the DVD The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story, Roger Waters recalls visiting backstage with R.E.M. and being amused when a previously rude Michael Stipe performed "Dark Globe" by himself during the encore.[10][11] The song has also been covered by Placebo. It has been played live by Gene Ween, Soundgarden and Chris Cornell.[10]

The song was revived in live performance by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, on some of his concerts in July 2006, as a tribute to Barrett shortly after he died.[12] A version was released on a live single entitled "Arnold Layne" later that year.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jones, Malcolm (2003). "The Making of The Madcap Laughs" (21st Anniversary ed.). Brain Damage. p. 12. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Malcolm (2003). "The Making of The Madcap Laughs" (21st Anniversary ed.). Brain Damage. p. 16. 
  3. ^ a b c Jones, Malcolm (2003). "The Making of The Madcap Laughs" (21st Anniversary ed.). Brain Damage. p. 11. 
  4. ^ Parker, David (2001). Random Precision: Recording the Music of Syd Barrett, 1965–1974. Cherry Red Books. p. iv. 
  5. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 71. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  6. ^ Jones, Malcolm (2003). "The Making of The Madcap Laughs" (21st Anniversary ed.). Brain Damage. pp. 11–12. 
  7. ^ Jones, Malcolm (2003). "The Making of The Madcap Laughs" (21st Anniversary ed.). Brain Damage. pp. 16–17. 
  8. ^ Jones, Malcolm (2003). "The Making of The Madcap Laughs" (21st Anniversary ed.). Brain Damage. p. 17. 
  9. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "Pink Floyd tributes". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 288. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  10. ^ a b Palacios, Julian (2010). "Home". Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd: Dark Globe (Rev. ed.). London: Plexus. p. 419. ISBN 0859654311. 
  11. ^ "An article by Mark Paytress on Syd Record Collector Magazine". Sydbarrett.net. 22 April 2001. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "‘Dark Globe’ video | The Blog". Davidgilmourblog.com. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "More ‘Arnold Layne’ | The Blog". Davidgilmourblog.com. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 

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