Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Reveals 'Dark Side' of Pink Floyd Cover Album
The 2000s not only brought back the singles format, the past decade also revived the art of the cover song.
Not that there hasn't always been a Tiffany-type eager to score an easy hit by covering the Beatles -- but the Internet has given cover songs their sense of fun back, be it Ted Leo tackling 'Since U Been Gone,' Chris Cornell revamping 'Billie Jean' or pretty much everyone covering 'Crazy.'
Flaming Lips are no stranger to the form, having previously performed Madonna's 'Borderline' for a Warner 50th anniversary compilation and contributed to cult video game 'Stubbs the Zombie' by singing 'If I Only Had a Brain' from 'The Wizard of Oz.' But now they're doing a full cover-album of that 'Oz'-related Pink Floyd classic 'Dark Side of the Moon' with help from Henry Rollins and Peaches.
"It's one of the most popular records of all time," Wayne Coyne tells Spinner, "so there would at least be a couple songs on there that anybody could go, 'I gotta hear the Flaming lips take on 'Money' or one of those mega songs.'"
When their latest album, 'Embryonic,' was still a month away, Flaming Lips were approached by iTunes about recording a couple of digital-only tracks with Stardeath and White Dwarfs, an experimental rock band led by Coyne's nephew Dennis Coyne (with whom they collaborated on 'Borderline').
"I think they were thinking we would do our own songs," Coyne admits. "I was being honest with them and said 'I don't think we have any songs.' So almost as a joke, I said 'maybe we'll just do a cover of Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the