Syd Barrett – Bike

Ilustración: Maru Sandoval

small_espana-sin-escudo101687_resizePara rematar tanta celebración ciclista y psicodélica, en Clicks, crujidos, chirridos, traqueteos y otros ruidos de la bici, vamos a completar el fin de semana con una obra maestra de la música dedicada a nuestra amiga de dos ruedas: Bike de Syd Barrett en su etapa Pink Floyd, tema incluido en su album de debut de 1967, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

En la canción, Syd Barrett le cuenta a una chica que “encaja en [su] mundo” sus preciadas pertenencias: una bicicleta (prestada), una capa (rota), un ratón sin hogar (Gerald), y un ejército de hombres-galleta de gengibre. Y remata con la pícara oferta de subir a su “cuarto de melodías musicales“. La canción fue escrita para la novia de Barrett, Jenny Spires.

La letra, al final del post.

small_english_resizeTo end up this so psychedelic weekend of bike’s celebration, Clicks, Squeaks, Crackles, Rattles and Other Bike Noises, prouldly wants to introduce you to Syd Barret and his bike related masterpiece: Bike by British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, featured on their 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

In the song, Syd Barrett shows a girl that “fits in with [his] world“, his cherished belongings: a borrowed bike, a teared cloak, a homeless mouse (Gerald), and a clan of gingerbread men. Towards the end of the song, he makes her a puckish offer: to take her into a “room of musical tunes”. The song was written for Barrett’s then girlfriend, Jenny Spires.

Lyrics:

I’ve got a bike. You can ride it if you like.
It’s got a basket, a bell that rings and things to make it look good.
I’d give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything if you want things.

I’ve got a cloak. It’s a bit of a joke.
There’s a tear up the front. It’s red and black, I’ve had it for months.
If you think it could look good, then I guess it should.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything if you want things.

I know a mouse, and he hasn’t got a house.
I don’t know why. I call him Gerald.
He’s getting rather old, but he’s a good mouse.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything if you want things.

I’ve got a clan of gingerbread men.
Here a man, there a man, lots of gingerbread men.
Take a couple if you wish. They’re on the dish.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything if you want things.

I know a room of musical tunes.
Some rhyme, some ching. Most of them are clockwork.
Let’s go into the other room and make them work.

Lyrics thanks to LyricsTime

Asturnauta en viaje sidreral Les Camisetes T-shirt. Asturias

Syd hubiera sido un Asturnauta en viaje sidreral de primera.
Syd would have been a nice asturnaut on a cidereal trip.

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The Dukes of Stratosphear – Bike Ride to the Moon

Vídeo

bike ride to the moon

[In English at the end. Take me there!]

small_espana-sin-escudo101687_resizeTal día como hoy 18 de Marzo de 1965, Alexei Leonov, valiente cosmonauta soviético, se convierte en la primera persona en caminar por el espacio. Y para conmemorar este primer paseo espacial, hoy en Clicks, crujidos, chirridos, traqueteos y otros ruidos de la bici vamos a recordar el Bike Ride to the Moon de The Dukes of Stratophear.

The Dukes of Stratosphear es un alias del grupo británico de rock XTC (una banda new wave que tuvo gran éxito de crítica entre 1977 y 2005 y no tanto éxito comercial). A finales de los 80, el proyecto paralelo trataba de ser un homenaje a la música pop y psicodélica de los 60 y a grupos como The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Byrds, The Kinks, The Zombies, The Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane o The Pretty Things.

La banda publicó dos álbumes como TDoS, el mini LP 25 O’clock en 1985 y Psonic Psunspot en 1987. Ambos fueron reunidos en un CD recopilatorio bajo el título Chips from the Chocolate Fireball: An Anthology.

Bike ride to the Moon es parte de 25 O’Clock, un obvio homenaje cariñoso al rock psicodélico cuyo sonido se acerca al de Pink Floyd en la época de Syd Barrett. Incluso la carátula del disco imita a la del Disraeli Gears de Cream.

Bike Ride to the moon_1Al final del post como siempre tenéis la letra y una oportunidad más para dejar vuestro comentario. Ah,… un recuerdo a mis amigos de Happy Ciclistas que el 28 de este mes van a hacer un paseo espacial en bici (ver el poster del evento aquí encima justamente).

small_english_resizeOn today’s date back in 1965, Alexei Leonov, brave Soviet cosmonaut, became the first person to have a spacewalk. And to commemorate his great achievement, today’s Clicks, Squeaks, Crackles, Rattles and Other Bike Noises will remember the Dukes of Stratosfear’s Bike Ride to the Moon.

The Dukes of Stratosphear was a pseudonym used by the British rock band XTC (XTC were a new wave band, active between 1977 and 2005, better know by his critical success rather than the commercial one) in the mid-to-late 1980s, concurrently with XTC’s continued musical activities. The project was intended as a homage to 1960s pop and psychedelic music by groups such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Byrds, The Kinks, The Zombies, The Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane or The Pretty Things.

The band released two records under this pseudonym, the mini-album 25 O’Clock (1985), and the full-length album Psonic Psunspot (1987). The two releases were compiled onto a single CD under the title Chips from the Chocolate Fireball: An Anthology.

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Fancy a bike ride to the moon?

Part of 25 O’Clock is Bike Ride to The Moon, an obvious tongue in cheek homage to psychedelic rock, resembling the sound of Pink Floyd in the Syd Barrett-era. Even the cover art imitates the cover on the 1967 LP Disraeli Gears by Cream.

Lyrics:

Push me off to start the fun
On a bike ride to the moon
Lots of room for everyone
On a bike ride to the moon

And we’ll bring back cheese for my Auntie Jane
And some magic moon dust that’ll stop the rain
On my poor Uncle Alfred’s head, even though he stays in bed (silly Alfred)

Why not bring a pot of tea
On a bike ride to the moon
Angel cake for you and me
On a bike ride to the moon

And we’ll pack a tent ‘case it’s cold at night
And I’ll share your sleeping bag if I might
And might be a positive boon
To protect you from the man in the moon
(Who happens to be me, look out!)

Racing forward can’t look back
On a bike ride to the moon
What did I omit to pack
On a bike ride to the moon?

With the stars all glinting in the shiny chrome
Then I suddenly remembered what I left at home
Now I shan’t be peddling any higher
‘Cos a sharp sputnik has given me a cosmic flat tyre

Lyrics thanks to azlyrics.

Cover of "25 O'Clock (W/Book)"

Cover of 25 O’Clock (W/Book)