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Pink Floyd vocalist Syd Barrett once had a roommate who was described as "one of the original acid-in-the-reservoir, change-the-face-of-the-world acid missionaries." Their visitors were reportedly so fearful of being dosed with LSD that they refused to drink anything in the house—including the tap water. 
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In 1967, with Pink Floyd's single "See Emily Play" climbing the charts, the band was invited to perform on "Top of the Pops." Frontman Syd Barrett, always unpredictable, did not disappoint. "Before they went on," EMI producer Norman Smith later recalled, "they went into makeup. I was waiting for them in their dressing room. As soon as they walked in, I saw Syd and he looked wonderful, so straightaway I made the mistake of saying, 'Syd, you look absolutely wonderful!' Ans he went, 'What?' and he walked over to the mirror, saw himself, [grunted] 'Ughhh,' and immediately scuffed up all his hair, got tissues and started wiping off the makeup. And I thought, 'What am I going to do with ...