Sunday, July 4th, 2010
The Flaming Lips cover Queen
WikipediaFor a band often credited as proudly waving their freak flag wherever it may lead them, The Flaming Lips have a pretty healthy respect for classic rock. Okay, “respect” might not be the word some purists would use to describe their re-imagining of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, but even though they clearly had their fun with it, there was obviously a deep respect for the source material.
Interestingly, their cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which was their contribution to the 2005 Queen tribute album Killer Queen, was pretty straight although that may have been because the original was already more inherently ridiculous than anything the Lips could possibly think to do to it. It’s a great song and an undisputed classic, yes, but come on. It’s just nutso.
The Flaming Lips are at the Molson Amphitheatre on Thursday night. Volume 3 of four super-deluxe Queen singles compilations was released at the end of May. Queen Elizabeth II is currently on a cross-country tour of Canada and will be in Toronto tonight.