In high school, my best friend at the time was a huge Pink Floyd fan. One night he made us sit down and watch The Wizard of Oz, while his vinyl of Dark Side Of The Moon played in the background. I had no idea what was going on and frankly, I hated it because I’m fucking terrified of The Wizard of Oz. but when it was over I was like, “whoa yea that was nuts!” then I went home and laid in bed and listened to 50 Cent to try and get myself mentally back on track.
And now, here we are 10 years later and The Flaming Lips have gone and made Flaming Side of the Moon, a companion album to BOTH The Wizard of Oz and Dark Side Of The Moon, which the band suggests listeners play alongside the record and the film. And I already know somehow, some way, I’m going to get suckered into trying this and then I’m going to go home after and lay in bed and probably still listen to 50 Cent to recover. Read more about the new album (via Stereogum) and stream it in full below.
Designed as an immersive companion piece to the original 1973 album, DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, listeners are encouraged to listen to the new LIPS album while listening to DARK SIDE at the same time. FLAMING SIDE OF THE MOON was also carefully crafted to sync up perfectly with the 1939 film, THE WIZARD OF OZ. For ideal listening conditions, fans are encouraged to seek out the original Alan Parsons’ engineered quadraphonic LP mix of DARK SIDE, but it will work with the album on any format. Available now through all participating digital outlets.
UPDATE: According to Pitchfork, the release was an April Fool’s joke with Funny or Die but the album supposedly does sync up with Pink Floyd’s album. Honestly we should’ve known because after you go with Miley Cyrus to get a crying cat emoji lip tattoo, it’s all one big prank from there.