Album Cover Dark Side of the Moon

Flaming Lips: Dark Side of the Moon

Way back in 1973 Pink Floyd created their 8th studio album Dark Side of the Moon. It was the most commercially successful of their albums and one of the best selling albums of all time, managing to stay in the album charts for an amazing 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history.

Fast forward 36 years and the ever amazing and creative Flaming Lips have got together and produced their own version of The Dark Side Of The Moon, featuring Henry Rollins, Peaches, Stardeath and White Dwarfs. Die hard Floyd fans might get a bit uppity about the whole thing, but as my scales weigh slightly heavier on the Oklahoma side of the Flaming Lips/Pink Floyd balance, I am more than content.

It definitely retains a feel of the original while still feeling like a brand new recording with the lo-fi effects and psychedelic noises that are Flaming Lips hallmarks. If you’ve heard both bands separately, you might think that there would be a horrible styles clash but actually they compliment each other very well.

Had the Lips attempted this prior to their mellower, later period (post The Soft Bulletin/Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots) I’m not convinced they could have pulled it off quite so well. They definitely showed elements of similar themes and style on Jesus Shooting Heroin the first album Hear It Is, so perhaps this has always been an album-in-the-covering. Despite the wait, this is definitely one to give a listen to for fans of both bands. New comers might find it a little inaccessible but stick with it and you will be rewarded.

Poor a drink, switch off the phone, get comfortable and turn down the lights for best listening experience

Here is a sample of the excellent Money to whet your appetitte

Let me know what you think and if you like it, please buy the album here Flaming Lips – The Dark Side Of The Moon