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Video: The Flaming Lips cover “I Am the Walrus”

on December 26, 2011, 1:50pm

lips beatles cover Video: The Flaming Lips cover I Am the Walrus

As previously reported, The Flaming Lips are set to team up with Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band for a pair of New Year’s Eve shows in the Lips’ hometown of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As Psych Explorations of the Future Heart points out, Wayne Coyne and co. recently prepped for the big gigs by covering The Beatles’ classic “I am the Walrus” at Oklahoma City’s Pink Floor Studio. The Lips’ design and film collaborator George Salisbury was on hand to capture the moment, and you can watch the video below.

What follows is plucked from the middle of a fairly long trip of some sort. The band clang and bang their instruments to and fro, while cawing and nodding their heads through the warm haze of whatever they may be on. Frontman Wayne Coyne appears to be vibin’ particularly hard, whispering the song almost in slow-motion before he takes a lick of his orange disc microphone like it was a Creamsicle. Seems they all took the self-added ending of “everybody smoke pot” a bit too literal.


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December 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Here’s a bit more from Psych Explorations of the Future Heart (the source of this report).

Watch the Lips preparing Strawberry Fields Forever, A Day in the? Life, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) and more for New Year Freak Out: -
And here they are preparing “Revolution” in October – played only on iPads – for a Steve Jobs tribute on MTV’s O Music Awards –
Other possibilities for the Lips Lennon tribute set with Sean at the New Year Freak Out are “Nobody Told Me” (which they’ve covered before ) –
At New Year, Lips and Plastic Ono Band are releasing a collab EP.  The B-side has already been released, “Atlas Eets Christmas” -
Watch Sean Lennon and others in the studio record that track with the Lips: -
The A-side has three songs.  Here they are recording “Do It” - …and here they are recording the other two songs, “The Fear Litany” and “Brain of Heaven” case you’re wondering – yes, it’s a Dune reference) –
Photos and videos from the Plastic Ono sessions are here -
More details on the New Year Freak Out is at (NSFW) –

Also, the space where the Freak Out After Party was to be held was just announced shut down by the Oklahoma City fire marshall:

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December 27, 2011 at 2:44 am

Whenever I’ve seen or heard the Lips play (both live and recorded) the term “all smoke and mirrors” comes to mind.

Ed Igoe
December 27, 2011 at 1:24 am

Absolutely horrible.  A perfect match for Yoko.

December 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Spoiler: No one in the band does drugs.

December 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I was just going to say…


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