Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (2012)

Just a few days before 2012's RSD (21/4/2012), it looks as though The Flaming Lips' next magnum opus might not even make the shops in time.

Online chat hit fever pitch as most RSD releases are limited - Eager fans and ebay scalpers were all scurrying to secure a copy or more.

Not to be outdone by Jack White's blue liquid-filled single, Wayne has actually drawn blood from his collaborators and the band to make just 10 super rare blood-filled copies of the album.  Proceeds from sales (A measely $2,500 each) go to local charities The Oklahoma Humane Society and The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The cover art is parody on John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Unfinished Music, Vol. 1: Two Virgins (1968) album.

Complete tracklist:

  1. "2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)" (featuring Ke$ha, Biz Markie and Hour of the Time Majesty 12) – 4:09
  2. "Ashes in the Air" (featuring Bon Iver) – 6:13
  3. "Helping the Retarded to Find God" (featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) – 7:03
  4. "Supermoon Made Me Want to Pee" (featuring Prefuse 73) – 3:17
  5. "Children of the Moon" (featuring Tame Impala) – 5:32
  6. "That Ain't My Trip" (featuring Jim James) – 3:47
  7. "You, Man? Human???" (featuring Nick Cave) – 3:34
  8. "I'm Working at NASA on Acid" (featuring Lightning Bolt) – 7:59
  9. "Do It!" (featuring Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band) – 3:28
  10. "Is David Bowie Dying?" (featuring Neon Indian) – 6:36
  11. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (featuring Erykah Badu) (written by Ewan MacColl) – 10:04
  12. "Girl, You're So Weird" (featuring New Fumes) – 3:21
  13. "I Don't Want You to Die" (featuring Chris Martin) – 4:13*
*"Tasered and Maced" (featuring Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory) – 2:43 replaces the vinyl track 16 for the CD/digital release owing to Chris Martins' contractural obligations to EMI.

Ashes in the Air Lyrics

The Videos

(NSFW x 3 - Nudity Alert)

The below NSFW video Featuring Erykah Badu caused an internet frenzy and had fans divided between the 2 camps:

...and had the band redo the video with an altogether willing Amanda Palmer:

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