'Is David Bowie Dying?' to hear the Flaming Lips' cover of 'She's So Heavy'?
Remnants of The Flaming Lips’ epic, two-part New Year’s Eve Freakout #5 continue their fallout across the Internet with a pair of Delo Creative videos that I proudly helped to shoot.
First up is a trippy new track called “Is David Bowie Dying?” It featured special guest Alan Palomo, whom you may know as Neon Indian. I spoke with Palomo after his second-night opening set before the Lips went on, and the guy was one of the most endearing, friendly musicians I’ve ever encountered. Watch him and Steven Drozd get into a fight to see whose instrument can make more video game bleep-bloops:
And second is The Lips’ Nels Cline-assisted cover of The Beatles’ blues-addicted guitar standard “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” They played it both nights, each with the jam stretched for more than 15 hypnotic minutes. I seriously thought my arms were going to give out from holding my camera up for that long. My personal challenge to you: Watch this thing all the way through. If not, then here are a couple of highlights:
• Alan Palomo’s nerdily enthusiastic fist-pump. • A signature Nels Cline-contorting-his-body-so-frenetically-that-you-think-his-neck’s-gonna-snap-right-off-his-shoulders-’cause-he’s-kinda-old crazy extended guitar solo. • Fans looking pissed because of all the instrumental wanking going on.
CFN Gazette staff
It’s easy to mistake Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne for a sort of cult leader, not just for all
the aural shenanigans he and his band pull — recording 24-hour-long
songs, selling music encased in skulls, both human and edible, et al. —
but for the bizarre behavior affected by his dedicated fans.
Indie Rod Lott
By all accounts, The Flaming Lips’ all-star Record Store Day release, The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends, was
not intended for general release until fans demanded otherwise. Given
all the trouble of rounding up that talent for guest stints, why not go