Listen/Stream: The Flaming Lips and Others: In The Court Of The Crimson King

(Note: The title might seem misleading if you know the album already, but The Oklahoman psych-noise-punk band The Flaming Lips aren’t really on this album. Rather, they push the bands responsible for each track to their limit, with Wayne Coyne (lead singer/guitarist) overseeing the entire project. Without The Flaming Lips, this album doesn’t happen. They are only featured on “Epitaph”, which features every band in the project.)

Now that that’s out of the way…

The album consists of covers from other bands, such as New Fumes, Spaceface, Linear Downfall, and Stardeath and White Dwarfs (who were featured on the last prog album The Lips completed – Dark Side Of The Moon – in 2009). A noise-gasm, the entire album is a mash-up of King Crimson’s In The Court Of The Crimson King and a noise filled backbone, which is only Wayne Coyne’s fault. From the start, you can hear the nuances of King Crimson in the brilliant cover of “21st Century Schizoid Man” by Linear Downfall. Retitled Playing Hide and Seek with the Ghosts of Dawn, this album is one of the most imaginative cover albums. It rivals the creativity of 2009′s Dark Side, previously mentioned.

You can venture off into this album by clicking this link. The album is streaming live on Satellite Heart Radio, but you can listen to Linear Downfall’s “21st Century Schizoid Man” below.

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