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Song of the Day (Covers): The Flaming Lips – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head

Day 3. The Flaming Lips cover of Kylie Minogue’s Dance Pop mega-hit is about as different to the original track as possible. They turn the polished Pop into cinematic Psychedelia. String synths & unusual slow building percussion bring to mind the sound of Ennio Morricone’s Spaghetti Western soundtracks while Wayne Coynes gentle strumming & falsetto vocals anchor the track firmly in The Flaming Lips particular brand of Psychedelic Pop/Rock.

I just can’t get you out of my head
Boy your loving is all I think about
I just can’t get you out of my head
Boy it’s more than I dare to think about

I just can’t get you out of my head
Boy your loving is all I think about
I just can’t get you out of my head
Boy it’s more than I dare to think about

Every night, every day
Just to be there in your arms

Won’t you stay
Won’t you lay
Stay forever and ever
And ever and ever

I just can’t get you out of my head
Boy your loving is all I think about
I just can’t get you out of my head
Boy it’s more than I dare to think about

There’s a dark secret in me
Don’t leave me locked in your heart

Set me free
Feel the need in me
Set me free
Stay forever and ever
And ever and ever

I just can’t get you out of my head
I just can’t get you out of my head
I just can’t get you out of my head

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The Flaming Lips – Dinosaurs On The Mountain

The Flaming Lips take the concept of social distancing to its psychedelic, yet logical, conclusion in the video for new single Dinosaurs On The Mountain. Vocalist Wayne Coyne has been using a giant hamster ball as part & parcel of his stage show for absolutely years now, I saw it in person in 2006 at the O2 Wireless Festival. He used the prop to roll around on the heads of the crowd, it was quite thrilling. In the Dinosaurs On The Mountain video the whole band ha been given their own personalised hamster balls to perform the song in (except for the drummers, they have to share one big ball, but as a concession they wear facemasks). And not just the band. The audience watching the performance are in hamster balls too. It looks weird but not in a good or a bad way. Just weird. Wayne is wearing disposable surgical gloves too. It’s a great way of acknowledging current events & temporally anchoring the song/video in 2020. s

The song is in similar vein to the previous two singles from forthcoming album, American Head, blending Psychedelia & melancholia into a sad but stirring ballad. Arpeggiated synth squelches & ticking clock rhythms, warm piano chords & gently strummed guitars shimmer & float over a rocksteady dual-drummer beat. Wayne Coyne’s vocals on the chorus see some artistic use of autotune, swathed in fog banks of echoey reverb to give them a distant, faraway effect. They sound displaced, temporally. Lost in time with the dinosaurs, on Coyne’s chidhood hillside, silhouetted against the starry sky.

Taken together the song & the video add up to one of the most compelling, & weird, audio/visual art experiences of the year. It’s by far my favourite out of the three new singles too.

So tell me now
So tell me now
How’d it happen
After the lava flows
Maybe no one knows
Now that it’s burned off the scum of the Earth

I wish the dinosaurs
Were still here now
It’d be fun to see them playing
On the mountains

Up on the mountain they’d be all alone
You can’t just leave them
On the side of the road
You know they’ll never make it on their own
All alone, all alone

Up on the mountain that mountain’s too high
You can’t just leave em there you
Know that they will die
They won’t make it even if they try
All alone, all alone

Oh I’m just wishing
Oh wishing
Something else had happened
All those years ago
Things could have been so great
But now I think it’s too late
To see them playing on the mountains

Up on the mountain they’d be all alone
You can’t just leave em on the side of the road
You know they’ll never make it on their own
All alone, all alone

Up on the mountain that mountains too high
You can’t just leave em there you know
That they will die
They won’t make it even if they try
All alone, all alone

In an accompanying video Wayne Coyne explains the inspiration behind the song, which I briefly alluded to above.

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Song of the Day (The Chain): The Flaming Lips – Talkin’ ‘Bout The Smilin’ Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants To Live Forever)

Day 7. The link in the chain for today’s entry is Mercury Rev’s frontman, Jonathan Donahue, who served a brief stint as lead guitarist with The Flaming Lips. He appeared on two albums In A Priest Driven Ambulance & Hit To Death In The Future Head. This tune is taken from the latter.

With it’s massively unwieldy title, Talkin’ ‘Bout The Smilin’ Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants To Live Forever), it’s easy to see why the official video shortened it to Everyone Wants To Live Forever. It’s a fast paced psychedelic Punk jam with noisy guitars & the comically low pitched “woop woop, woop woop, woop woop woooooop” hook. Once this is stuck in your head, it’s there forever. I can think of worse fates.

Imagination, that’s the way that it seems
Man can’t only live in his dreams
Oh, it seems so hardIf I’d lived a thousand times before
And if I’m gonna live anymore
Always brings me down

Everyone wants to live forever
Thinkin’ that it’d be a lot better
Everyone wants to live forever, whoa

The feeling in my head starts heading South
It seems it stops the fever from shootin’ out of my mouth
Life gushing all around

Everyone wants to live forever
Thinkin’ that it’d be a lot better
Everyone wants to live forever, whoa

Everyone wants to live forever
But no one ever gets it together
And everyone wants to live forever, whoa

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

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The Flaming Lips – My Religion Is You

Hot on the heels of their last single, May’s Flowers Of Neptune 6, those fabulous freaks The Flaming Lips drop another new single from their forthcoming album American Head, due out on 11th September.

My Religion Is You pulls off a tried, tested & extremely effective trick with the mournful, acoustic folk intro which soon morphs into widescreen psychedelic Pop. The guitars all but disappear, synthetic bass & sampled strings laying the groundwork for Wayne Coyne’s acid-frazzled falsetto. Some delightfully off-kilter lead guitars melodies return for the songs instrumental bridge.

Like Flowers Of Neptune 6, My Religion Is You is accompanied by a fiery video. Coyne sings into the camera in front of a wall of fire, holding a bunch of oversized flowers. A Buddhist monk carries a crucifix with a floral wreath attached to it. Like the recent Bright Eyes single I reviewed a couple of days ago, The Flaming Lips seem to be in a pessimistically apocalyptic mood right now. Perhaps there’s something in the air.

Yeah Buddha’s cool
And you’re no fool
To believe anything
You need
To believe in
If Hari Krishna
Maybe it’s the
Thing for you

Hey that’s cool
I don’t need no religion
You’re all I need
You’re the thing I believe in

Nothing else is true
My religion is you
My religion is you
My religion is you

If being a Christian
Is your thing then
Own it friend
Don’t phone it in

I don’t need no religion
You’re all I need
You’re the thing I believe in

Nothing else is true
My religion is you
My religion is you
My religion is you

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The Flaming Lips – Flowers Of Neptune 6

A new single from psychedelic oddballs The Flaming Lips dropped on Friday, Flowers Of Neptune 6.

Flowers of Neptune 6 is the kind of Flaming Lips ballad you probably know & love if you’re already a fan of the band. Downtempo beats, atmospheric bass line & synthetic strings form a gorgeous soundscape for the pretty lead guitar patterns & Wayne Coyne’s distorted, delayed vocals to inhabit.

The moody video, featuring Wayne Coyne wrapped in an American flag & walking in a giant bubble before a backdrop of flames, seems strangely apt in this moment.

Here’s hoping this is heralding a new album on the horizon.

Available now on all streaming services.

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