If you’ve been keeping tabs on the always quirky rockers The Flaming Lips, you’ll discover a not-so-hidden trend: they like covering the Beatles. Last month they released their track-for-track cover of the classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (titled With a Little Help from My Fwends), but a quick search of Cover Me will bring up 5 other Beatles/John Lennon songs they’ve covered, going all the way back to 2010. You can’t really argue with the formula, though, because it seems to be working.
Andre Mistier formed The Adversary after a trip to Burning Man, so for their first cover what better artist to choose than the Flaming Lips – basically the Burning Man of bands? Mistier, formerly of alt-rock quartet Ism, chose “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” The narrative of the song overlaps with the dark post-apocalyptic dreamscape the group explore on their debut EP Chapter 1: The Ruins.
For their tour together, The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala decided it would be an excellent idea to cover each other’s songs and release them on a collaborative EP. As a teaser, The Flaming Lips (in standard Flaming Lips form) have not just simply covered the song, but have provided a visual element to it as well.
It’s been an eventful week for David Bowie covers. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blew up the Internet earlier this week with his zero gravity performance of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” shot in the International Space Station. Last night on Jimmy Fallon, confetti and giant-hamster-ball lovers The Flaming Lips also performed a Bowie cover that is sure to quickly make its rounds on the world wide web.
Leave it to The Flaming Lips to hide USBs of new music inside an edible anatomically correct heart. The band has teamed up with Dude, Sweet Chocolate to help them release their latest, Songs of Love. Part of this bizarre release is a cover of The Beatles‘ “All You Need is Love” featuring Alex and Jade of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The chocolate is reportedly “72% South American dark chocolate studded with hazelnut mini whoppers and waffle cone crunch,” and the cover itself is roughly 60% surreal and 40% dreamy and romantic.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Deep Purple’s hard rock classic Machine Head. In recognition of Deep Purple’s influence some of rock music’s biggest names have contributed a version of their favorite track from the album for a tribute. The result is Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head. There are two very differing versions of the album’s most famous track “Smoke On The Water”, one from guitar legend Carlos Santana with vocals by Jacoby Shaddix and one from alternative rockers The Flaming Lips.