Roger Waters Does “Immersive Companion Piece” To Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka


Psychedelia icon pays unexpected tribute to Oklahoma-based Floyd acolytes.

 By Elaine Miller

 Several years ago, when the Flaming Lips covered Pink Floyd’s classic ’73 album Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety with a host of guests (among them, Rollins and Peaches) in 2009, absent from the conversation was what the surviving members of the Floyd actually thought of the gesture. Then the Lips upped the ante, releasing a new digital recasting of Dark Side designed as what they cheekily termed “an immersive companion piece” to the album in which fans would synch up the original P.F. album with the new Lips recording, additionally claiming that their Flaming Side of the Moon (pictured below) would also sync up with the Wizard Of Oz film. (You no doubt get that reference by now.)


Now, belatedly but certainly not unwelcomed, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters shocked the music world this morning with the release of his Pink Side of the Lips, a Floydian-styled recasting of the Lips 1997 “difficult album” Zaireeka. In a press release the Waters camp offered:

 It’s designed as an immersive companion piece to the original 1997 album ZAIREEKA, listeners are encouraged to listen to the new WATERS album while listening to ZAIREEKA at the same time. Pink Side of the Lips was also carefully crafted to sync up perfectly with the 1964 film ZORBA THE GREEK. For ideal listening conditions, fans are encouraged to seek out the original Paul B. Cutler-engineered binaural LP mix of ZAIREEKA but it will work with the album on any format. Available now through all participating digital outlets. A limited edition 100 vinyl copies will be distributed to friends and family of UK band the Television Personalities.


Check out the stream of the Waters album right here.

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