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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
Songwriter(s) Syd Barrett
Producer(s)
The Madcap Laughs track listing
13 tracks
Side one
  1. "Terrapin"
  2. "No Good Trying"
  3. "Love You"
  4. "No Man's Land"
  5. "Dark Globe"
  6. "Here I Go"
Side two
  1. "Octopus"
  2. "Golden Hair"
  3. "Long Gone"
  4. "She Took a Long Cold Look"
  5. "Feel"
  6. "If It's In You"
  7. "Late Night"
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
18 tracks
  1. "Arnold Layne"
  2. "See Emily Play"
  3. "Apples and Oranges"
  4. "Matilda Mother"
  5. "Chapter 24"
  6. "Bike"
  7. "Terrapin"
  8. "Love You"
  9. "Dark Globe"
  10. "Here I Go"
  11. "Octopus"
  12. "She Took a Long Cool Look"
  13. "If It's In You"
  14. "Baby Lemonade"
  15. "Dominoes"
  16. "Gigolo Aunt"
  17. "Effervescing Elephant"
  18. "Bob Dylan Blues"
"Wouldn't You Miss Me"
Song by Syd Barrett
from the album Opel
Published Lupus Music Ltd
Released 1988
Recorded 26 July 1969
Genre Folk
Length 3:00
Label
Songwriter(s) Syd Barrett
Producer(s)

"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 Barrett recorded "Dark Globe", among others.[2][3][5] Despite both Gilmour and Waters considering the song finished, 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 recorded again.[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]

Personnel[edit]

Covers[edit]

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

"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 warmly welcomed by the band, except for vocalist Michael Stipe. Stipe instead sat in a corner with his back to everyone, ignoring Waters until Stipe performed "Dark Globe" by himself during the encore. Waters supposed this to be Stipe's way of saying, "Syd was all right but you're an arsehole."[10][11] R.E.M.'s rendition was released as a B-side to the original on a marbled brown 7" for Record Store Day on 18 April 2015.[12]

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, during some of his concerts in July 2006, as a tribute to Barrett shortly after he died.[13] A version was released on a live single entitled "Arnold Layne" later that year.[14]

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" 7" Record Store Day Release". Warner Bros. Records. 17 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "'Dark Globe' video | The Blog". Davidgilmourblog.com. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "More 'Arnold Layne' | The Blog". Davidgilmourblog.com. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 

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