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Dark side of the Lips



When The Flaming Lips teamed with Stardeath and the White Dwarfs to release a cover album of Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon," some people wondered why in the heck these local bands were attempting to remake the classic album. Kind of like when some wondered why Gus Van Sant was remaking Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic, "Psycho," resulting in two Golden Raspberry Awards.

Now a recent report claims The Lips are gaining new fans after hard-core Pink Floyd fanatics deluged them with angry comments.

"The only people who seem to come at you with 'how dare you touch this music?' sort of attitude are the old-school Pink Floyd fans. There are these mean-spirited, 'how dare you touch Pink Floyd, you guys suck' sort of blogs," Lips leader Wayne Coyne told "I don't read the blogs but some of the guys in the group do. ... I love that controversy and welcome any enemies who want to try and stop us, because, any time people attack you, people want to come to your rescue. If you've never been attacked, you never know what affection and what love and what loyalty you have in your fans."

Although members of Floyd have denied that "Dark Side" was written to synch as a soundtrack to "The Wizard of Oz," Coyne was asked about the connection anyway by Mother Jones magazine.

"I believe it probably has to do with how stoned you are as to how well you think that (connection) works," he said. "For me, I'm glad people like to get stoned, but I don't really like to get stoned. So for me, it never really worked that well because 'Dark Side of the Moon' ends and there's still 45 minutes to 'The Wizard of Oz.'

"I would say anybody who's willing to listen to 'Dark Side of the Moon' and watch 'The Wizard of Oz' is already a very sensitive, creative person. If you're willing to do that, you're going to see possibilities in things. So it does actually work. But I think anything probably would.

"The movie people are saying our version of 'Dark Side of the Moon' works for is 'Tron.' I don't think 'Tron' is probably a very good movie, but whoever smoked the right amount of pot and put those two things on at the same time, I'll let them be the judge."

Bucky, CFN's very sensitive and creative intern, has been swigging O'Doul's and digging the Lips/Stardeath "Dark Side of the Moon" while viewing the "The Wiz," but he had a bad trip seeing the Twin Towers during the Emerald City sequence.

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