January 9th, 2013
Last fall The Flaming Lips released a cover album called Playing Hide and Seek with the Ghosts of Dawn in which they did the entirety of King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King.
The Flaming Lips have released the second in a series of rerecorded classic prog and psych albums. Following 2010’s reimagining of The Dark Side of the Moon, the Lips have marshalled a group of bands to interpret King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King.
“I guess it’s just one of those random cool Wayne ideas,” Linear Downfall’s Chance Anthony Cook told the Lips fansite Future Heart. While Cook wasn’t initially familiar with the King Crimson album, he said he came to love it after being introduced to it by Coyne. The singer gave the bands “full rein to do whatever”, lending them use of the Flaming Lips’ studio. “It was very inspiring being there and the energy was crazy … We could hear the squirrels chewing on the wires in the ceiling.”
They do justice to “21st Century Schizoid Man” here.