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The madcamp laughs again: Listen to a bunch of veteran British musos cover a Syd Barrett classic

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is a new TV adaption of short stories from the celebrated sci-fi author (who’s works have been adapted into movies like Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall), originally written in the early- to mid-50s.

Syd Barrett

Listen to members of Robyn Hitchcock and Graham Coxon of Blur, Kevin Armstrong, Johnny Daukes, and Jon Estes cover a Syd Barrett classic.

Created by Michael Dinner – known for his work on TV dramas Chicago Hope and The Wonder Years – and Ronald D. Moore, who produced Battlestar Galactica, the series features such big names as Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Vera Farmiga, and Terence Howard, scattered across various episodes (the series is a non-liner anthology, much like Black Mirror).

To promote the show, the creators banded together a bunch of veteran British musos, including Graham Coxon from Blur, Robyn Hitchcock from The Soft Boys, and David Bowie / Iggy Pop collaborator Kevin Armstrong to record a cover of  Syd Barrett’s Octopus, a track from his first solo album, The Madcap Laughs.

Very true to the original, the cover is surprisingly fantastic, but the accompanying video is downright bizarre – a montage of super slow motion snippets from the series with the words “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” looming below. Weird.

Listen to both the cover and the original below.

[via Dangerous Minds]