Time to spark up a collective doobie, rhythm-guitar-strumming, chick-digging, sweat-stained Bros of America!
Spotting an opportunity to earn a quick buck at the expense of cool dads and rookie stoners everywhere, EMI will re-release Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn August 28, honoring the 40th anniversary of the Syd Barrett-dropping, LSD-popping band’s psych rock debut. Apparently, the box set includes three discs -- both a stereo and mono version of Piper at the Gates of Dawn, plus one disc of “rare” B-sides and demos, available to all who purchase said album and probably to those who send emails to EMI riddled with virtual winking, cough-coughing, and Benjamin-slipping (or Washington, depending on how you roll) in the rare case that a prospective buyer’s just too busy to head out to a record store, with obligations like:
(a) playing with da’ band for a love of music, made evident through shirtless solos and closed-door sessions with groupies who can’t keep their hands to themselves;
(b) coaching his son’s little league game;
(c) smoking a blunt and playing Guitar Hero;
(d) smoking two blunts and playing Guitar Hero II;
to purchase a copy before they... sell out... ?
SERIOUSLY, THOUGH: Packaging was designed by Floyd-a-licious collaborator Storm Thorgerson, which includes reproductions of stuff from Syd Barrett’s notebook.
AND, I’M ONLY TELLING YOU THIS BECAUSE WE’RE SUCH GOOD FRIENDS: Rumor has is that 50 box sets distributed randomly in record stores across America include (laced) vintage temporary tattoos, that when licked, will certainly kick a ruby slipper-ed foot in the ass of that time you and your buddies watched The Wizard of Oz with the sound off and jammed out to The Dark Side of the Moon after smoking a blunt and playing Guitar Hero.
You’ll feel music, man, you’ll feel it.