Pink Flaming Floyd Lips


Consider me skeptical.

Pitchfork reports that the band The Flaming Lips is working on a song-by-song reinterpretation of Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic Dark Side of the Moon.

In an embarrassing disclosure, I don’t know the music of The Flaming Lips, a critically acclaimed group that’s been around for over 25 years, nor am I familiar with the band they are collaborating with on this project: Stardeath and White Dwarfs.

Yet, the fact that I don’t know their music isn’t really the reason why I’m wary of this project, and I’m certainly not opposed to covering the music of other artists for purposes of reinterpretation, as that is exactly what I do as a musician.

No, this simply has everything to do with just how much of a classic masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon is. When I think of nearly perfect albums, only a few come to mind, and Dark Side is at the top of my list. But, don’t just take my word for it. It is the 6th all-time highest selling album in the U.K., it is amongst the top 25 all-time highest selling albums in the U.S., and it spent a record 741 weeks on the Billboard 200 list.

It takes considerable cojones to attempt a reinterpretation of  Dark Side of the Moon, so I can’t help being impressed with the ambition and look forward to hearing the results. But, Lips, you better brace yourselves for the inevitable. You can’t mess with something that is so precious to so many and not piss some folks off.

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