Flaming Lips Craft Companion Album to Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon': Listen
The Flaming Lips have provided the world with another trippy activity to perform while listening to Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon." Oklahoma's greatest rock band have just shared a 43-minute opus titled "The Flaming Side of the Moon," which is meant to be played simultaneously alongside the classic Pink Floyd album.
Listen to "The Flaming Side of the Moon" below:
A press release from the band encourages fans to pair it specifically with Alan Parsons' original engineered quadraphonic LP mix of "Dark Side," though any format will ultimately suffice.
As if that wasn't enough, the new Lips album was also (according to a press release) "crafted to sync up perfectly with the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz."
The album is available through "all participating digital outlets," with a very limited pressing of 100 vinyl copies being distributed to friends and family of the band.
This isn't the first time Wayne Coyne and company have put their spin on the legendary 1973 Pink Floyd album. Back in 2009, the Lips (along with Stardeath and the White Dwarfs, Henry Rollins and Peaches) covered the LP in its entirety.
And let's not forget the Flaming Lips many other trips into psychedelic netherworlds:
Earlier this year, they re-released their debut EP (1984's self-titled effort) on green vinyl that came packaged inside an anatomically-correct chocolate skull. Inside was also a golden coin granting the owner free admission into any Flaming Lips headlining show.
In 2013, they packaged a USB mix called "Songs of Love" within anatomically-correct chocolate hearts.
For Record Store Day in 2012, the Flaming Lips released a collaborative LP called "The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends" (featuring Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, Nick Cave and others) that featured the blood of several of the guests embedded within a select few copies.
And finally, in a move that recalls the recent Pink Floyd companion piece, the Lips' 1997 album "Zaireeka" was a similarly experimental experience. The release was comprised of four interlocking CDs (with one stereo track each), meant to be played simultaneously for the complete album experience.