The Flaming Lips
The Dark Side of the Moon
[Two and a half stars]
Just past mid-night on January 1, with confetti cannons exploding, the Flaming Lips launched into a raucous cover of Pink Floyd’s 1973 bedroom-spliff warhorse, The Dark Side of the Moon. Sounds like it was fun ”“ more so than this recorded version. There are some cool takes here: a dark, disco ”˜On the Run,’ a Henry Rollins-assisted ”˜Speak to Me/Breathe’ that comes with a psychedelic guitar freakout. But nobody needed to hear Peaches yowling on ”˜The Great Gig in the Sky,’ and Wayne Coyne and crew sound strangely constrained on this one. It’s not all their fault: The original Dark Side of the Moon has more dull spots than you remember.
Key Tracks: ”˜Speak to Me/Breathe,’ ”˜On the Run’