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The Dark Side Of The Moon [Explicit Lyrics]

The Flaming Lips, Stardeath & White Dwarfs Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B003D8O8FY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Speak To Me/Breathe
2. On The Run
3. Time/Breathe
4. The Great Gig In The Sky
5. Money
6. Us And Them
7. Any Colour You Like
8. Brain Damage
9. Eclipse

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Fans of The Flaming Lips have come to expect the unexpected. But even the most ardent devotee of the band must’ve been surprised when a session recorded with their friends Stardeath and White Dwarfs spiralled into a complete re-recording of Pink Floyd’s classic album The Dark Side of the Moon.

The collaborative project was recorded after several weeks of both bands touring the world together and mutually citing Pink Floyd and The Dark Side of the Moon as one of their primary influences and favourite bands of all time. The sessions were tracked in Oklahoma City, recorded by Trent Bell and Chris Harris, and mastered by Dave Fridmann. The album was co-produced by The Flaming Lips, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Trent Bell, and Scott Booker, and features vocal assistance by Henry Rollins and Peaches.

BBC Review

"Why?" is a question that doesn't seem to have particularly fazed The Flaming Lips over the course of their lengthy career. Why the four-disc portmanteau-titled album that's near-impossible to play properly? Why the giant bubble? Why spend several years working on bizarre low-budget sci-fi flick Christmas on Mars? So it's unlikely anybody grilling Wayne Coyne on the reasons behind this track-for-track remake of Pink Floyd's 1973 original will get much in the way of sense as a response. The answer to "why?", it seems, is just because they can.

Sequenced to match the Floyd album, with Henry Rollins providing the spoken-word samples and Berlin-based electro-menace Peaches in for Clare Torry's stratosphere-breaching vocal on The Great Gig in the Sky, this homage is a creation that only its makers can probably fully appreciate. Those enamoured with the original will find the skewed lo-fi psychedelia of Lips collaborators Stardeath and White Dwarfs, experimental rockers from Oklahoma City, unpalatable compared with the studio slickness they're familiar with. Followers of The Flaming Lips will feel comfortable with the added weirdness they've brought to proceedings, but there's nothing here that exceeds what Pink Floyd created. By tackling such a popular record, the artists here were only ever likely to come up short. That they have done so is more a result of the high standard of the material at hand, though, and less so any shortcomings in the abilities of these musicians.

So what's to like? On the Run twists itself into a funky, !!!-goes-prog slab of strut-along fun; the moment Coyne breaks through the fog of Time is magic, storminess stopped abruptly to a silence punctured only by a sweetly reserved vocal; and the squelchy bassline to Money is even more ridiculous of cheeky swagger here than it was before. The latter track's robotic voices are perhaps a period pastiche misstep, though–the Smash Martians appeared on TV a year after the original Dark Side, so weren't available to Roger Waters and company. There's nothing here that offends, nothing that isn't played with a deep affection for the material; but, equally, there's nothing that takes said material and elevates it to a new plateau of appreciation.

That's not true, actually. Peaches' banshee turn on Great Gig actually surpasses the frenzied wailing of Torry's amazing histrionics. It's completely beguiling, and when Rollins delivers those "I'm not frightened of dying" lines, the track becomes more mesmerising than ever.

--Mark Diver

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A loving tribute 21 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
In listening to any cover version, I'm hoping for a band's own interpretation of a song. Something which may capture the essence of the original, yet it goes somewhere new and shows the original composition in a different light. One thinks of the Manic Street Preachers interpretation of Rhianna's 'Umbrella', the Jam doing 'David Watts' by the Kinks or even the Futureheads covering Kate Bush's 'Hounds of Love'. Bands showing love for songs which they didn't compose.

The Flaming Lips have attempted the impossible. Covering the Dark Side of the Moon is akin to attempting to remake a classic film. A project which could be catastrophic if mishandled. Think of Psycho. Then the remake. Oh dear!

In the world of music, the Dark Side of the Moon is only equalled by the likes of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in the terms of the massive effect it had at its time of release and is able to carry to this day. Certain Albums need not be referred to by their band or artist, just by their name alone. Songs in the key of life... Thriller... Pet Sounds... They capture a moment in time and in our own lives.

The Flaming Lips have not attempted to outdo Pink Floyd, nor have they tried to redefine the songs. Some of them sound very different to their 1973 counterparts (as you'd expect). The real surprise for me is that the album flows with just the same atmosphere which comes across on the original. All of the snippets of interviews from the DSOTM have been spoken here by Henry Rollins, none of it sounds contrived. 'Money' sounds like an alien has given their reading of it, 'Us and them' is about the closest to the Floyd.

All in all, this is clearly a labour of love. One which has been completed for fun above all else, not as a chance to massage egos or pay some bills. Hearing this made me want to listen to the Floyd's epic DSOTM again, I guess that was part of the Lips' vision.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves MUCH More than a mere MP3 release 4 Jan 2010
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Were you to pick a band that were to inherit the Pink Floyd mantle, you may not be too far away from choosing The Flaming Lips : epic live shows, extended and versatile space-rock jams morphed with frail, smart lyrics, and visionary art.

You couldn't pick a bigger icon to grapple, for with "Dark Side" being the biggest selling album of all time, there is always someone, somewhere listening to it at any given second in human history. The Lips take on this cultural mountain undefeated, retaining their credibility with a worthy if unessential record. You wouldn't sit around arguing this record has to exist - but if a band were to do a song-for-song recreation of it, The Flaming Lips would be my premiere choice.

Whilst the song remains the same, everything else has changed. The approach is the same as if these were just the next bunch of songs the Flips wrote, and the songs shine through.

From the opening : Henry Rollins calmly reciting "I've been mad for years" - to the last notes of a stellar brainmashed "Eclipse", the Flips version is a new venture. Songs known the human psyche, and as familiar as the 1812 Overture, are new, different. And it's proof, as such, that a great album is not just about such songwriting, but also about the sound, the treatment, the approach given to the material. If you're expecting a record where you can predict every drum roll and guitar lick, give up now. As a fan of both bands though, "DSOTM" is an essential listen, even if just once, for fans of either.

The strength of "Dark Side" is, and always was, the timelessness of the themes within it ; song titles betray the core lyrical obsessions, Time, Money, Breathing, Death, Us And Them - the things that drive human beings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annoy the Pink Floyd purists! 12 May 2011
By Phill Lister VINE VOICE
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As a fan of Henry Cow and King Crimson and the more adventurous end of Prog in the early 70s I wasn't a big fan of Dark Side Of The Moon. It was too mainstream for me. OK technically excellent and some great music and stuff and guitar playing.

But I love this "Flaming Lips And Friends" total cover version. It's more grungy and punky and experimental. No one I know who loves the Floyd original prefers this, of course. But it's also a labour of love and respect, not a pastiche. And although it's grungy and punky and experimental, it has that Flaming Lips aural aesthetic and sounds lush.

So probably not for worshippers of the original, but it works for me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun from the mighty Lips 5 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
I thoroughly enjoyed this bizarre Flaming Lips production. A novel take on a seminal album that previously had been oh so familiar to me. What they do is tangential in the extreme although the original theme is always there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant 27 Jan 2012
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I heard this album before I'd heard Pink Floyd's original. I really like both of these versions, but for me, most likely because I've seen The Flaming Lips live, this is simply divine, ultimately playable, and my favourite album of the two.

Listening to the album, you are embroiled into Wayne Coyne's world (no pun intended), you are immersed into the psychedelic nature of the rock. From the beginning of the album with Speak to Me/Breathe, through the iconic Money and finally into the penultimate track Brain Damage this album keeps you engaged.

If, like me, you are late to the party with The Flaming Lips, this album is a great introduction to their genius.
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