THE FLAMING LIPS
The Dark Side Of The Moon - (2009)
Just days after the release of Embryonic, the Flaming Lips have revealed that the follow-up is already finished. After making their most challenging album in years, Oklahoma's psychedelic sons have recorded a track-by-track cover of one of the most experimental albums of the 1970s, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. Although the band revealed few details about the project, they confirmed that it was a collaboration with Stardeath and the White Dwarfs, a kindred group from Oklahoma City that includes Lips frontman Wayne Coyne's nephew, Dennis. Coyne has designed album covers for the young band, who are accompanying the Flaming Lips on tour. Besides these psyched-out young bucks, Coyne said Henry Rollins and Peaches both appear on the Lips' The Dark Side of the Moon. No release date has been announced, though a spokesperson said the album would "initially" be an iTunes-only release (not any longer). Pink Floyd's 1973 album probably needs no introduction. From its production techniques to its artwork, The Dark Side of the Moon has inspired a thousand ambitious, splendid, weird and catchy albums to get stoned to. And while Coyne said Flaming Lips fans have given them carte blanche to "go somewhere where no other band could go, and come back and tell us what it was like", this record isn't exactly alien territory. The Dark Side of the Moon has sold about 50m copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful rock albums of all time.