Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
In the last Pink Floyd post we saw that for a brief period, the group technically had five members. This period lasted for about a month, from the end of December 1967 to the end of January 1968. The group had tried rehearsals, but Syd just refused to co-operate. During this time, Syd pulled off a classic joke, showing that in his manic way he was still a genius. This involved a school hall rehearsal where Syd was apparently trying to teach the group a new song called “Have You Got It Yet?”. But Syd kept changing it every time the refrain “No, no” was reached, and this went on for an hour before the other four realised what was going on.
Syd’s last gig with the band was one booked for 26 January 1968 at Southampton University where they were supporting Tyrannosaurus Rex [see above] and The Incredible String Band [!]. On the way, the other four just decided not to pick him up. This marked what was in fact an expulsion. Syd was understandably angry and confused about it, but the others felt a sense of profound relief. David Gilmour was really serious about doing a good professional job for the group, and in this he was utterly different from Syd.
The group’s second album, however, did not really feature a determinable band at all.