Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Power of the Flaming Lips


The Flaming Lips will unveil their highly anticipated new album, "At War With the Mystics," April 4 via Warner Bros. Although the full track list has not yet been announced, first single "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" will be commercially released March 27 in the United Kingdom. That cut was inspired by the elaborate layered vocal harmonies the Lips recorded for a cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" that appeared on a recent tribute album.

"We were perfectly able to conquer the challenges Queen presented, so [group member] Steven [Drozd] continued doing these strange vocal arrangements of him singing into a microphone 30 times or something," frontman Wayne Coyne told in October. "We took that vocal treatment and made a song out of it. It ends up being a self-empowering thing -- almost like an MC5 thing, but it's not talking about external things. It's talking about the power within you. What would you do if you had the power?"
The Flaming Lips aren't Advanced exactly, but they are pretty interesting. And I love the quote, "We were perfectly able to conquer the challenges Queen presented." I think a collaboration with Paul Rodgers should be next.

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