Twisted side of the moon

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It takes a lot of guts to pick up a classic album and transform it in your own style. Bands might often say they admire vintage rock and will aim to emulate their idols (think Oasis’ attempts at sounding Beatles, sometimes convincingly) but rarely will an outfit dare take a fully perfect LP like, say, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, and deliver a very new version of it. So we were a little sceptical when we heard that The Flaming Lips would be paying a track-by-track homage to Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. But wouldn’t you know it, this entire covers LP is brilliant. Of course it helps to have the likes of Stardeath And White Dwarfs, Peaches and Henry Rollins pitching in talent (Peaches chatting away on the bass-heavy and way-trippy second track ‘On The Run’ is a real treat) and it’s very clever that the Lips have simulated entire arrangements – complete with background noise and sound effects (cue: coughs, psychobabble, sirens, alarm bells and chimes). The length of each track and the album as a whole are fairly close to the original, so we did the old ‘sync the music up to ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ DVD’ trick and wouldn’t you know it, the images still match the music! Just be sure to play the album precisely after the third MGM lion roar.

‘The Flaming Lips & Stardeath And White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing Dark Side Of The Moon’ is out through Warner Music.