In May of 2003, there was a consolidation of the Cloud Zero and Legendary Pink Dots web presences to brainwashed.com/lpd. This changed in 2008, when The Legendary Pink Dots needed a new home base on the web. Legendarypinkdots.org was re-launched as the new hub for information about the band.
legendarypinkdots.org in 2007
The decision to build a new site wasn't taken lightly. After all, many fans are starting to keep in touch with their favorite bands through Facebook and MySpace. So do the Dots really need a site, with all the hassles of system administration and software configuration that come with that?
The answer came back unequivocally: yes! In nearly 30 years of making music and touring, a phenomenal amount of information has been generated. We needed a content management system so that fans could log in and help make the history more complete, and we chose Joomla!. It also allows the band and promoters to publish news on the site as easily as one might send an email—without having to ask an administrator to do it.
legendarypinkdots.org in 2003
Making the involvement of the community even more important, we've integrated the discography with Freebase. This means that corrections and additions can be made by anyone. (The discography of official releases is still on brainwashed.com.)
Thanks to Joomla!, it's easy to keep up with changes to the site with RSS. You can subscribe and receive the updates when there are news items or interviews. Read more about how this works in our RSS Help Page. (If you have a LiveJournal, you can add lpd_rss as a friend and it will give you the news on your friend's list.)
legendarypinkdots.org in 2002
Finally, there's one tremendous advantage of launching our own site, rather than giving up and using Facebook or MySpace. That advantage is complete creative control of the experience. No random blinking advertisements for dating services or laptops. Instead we can focus on things like Dots Merchandise - which you know you want to buy, right? It means the band decides how their music is presented and sold.
I hope you enjoy what's here, it's been a lot of work! It's my dream that we'll be able to really pull together and build a truly complete resource for information on the Dots, stretching all the way back to their roots in 1980. If you have any ideas for making the site better, check out the ways in which you can Get Involved!
Lisette Sutherland, Lighthouse Promotions