The Flaming Lips announce ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ companion album to be played with ‘The Wizard of Oz’
The Flaming Lips sent a press release Saturday announcing a companion album to Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” called “Flaming Side of the Moon” to be released Monday. According to the announcement, the album was created to be played in perfect harmony at the same time as “Dark Side of the Moon” and 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,” the press release says.
Wayne Coyne and company are certainly familiar with “Dark Side,” having released a cover of the record in 2009. They’ve also been hard at work on a “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” cover album along with Miley Cyrus.
But as Consequence of Sound points out, this whole thing may just the Lips getting first dibs on an early April Fool’s Day prank. The press release was short on details like track listings, and though it says the record is “available now through all participating digital outlets” iTunes makes no mention of “Flaming Side of the Moon.” A limited pressing of 100 vinyl copies is to be “distributed on vinyl to the band’s friends and family.” Sounds suspect.
So the “Dark Side”-”Wizard of Oz”-Flaming Lips hat trick may be nothing in the end. Then again, the Lips have surprised us with plenty of insane releases before. If there’s anyone who can actually deliver on something like “Flaming Side of the Moon” it’s these guys. Stay tuned for more. Artwork of the supposed album below.
UPDATE: The record is real—you can stream it here.