Flaming Lips Break World Record, Contemplate Getting Amanda Palmer to Replace Erykah Badu on Collaborative Track
Published Jun 29, 2012Another day, another batch of news from restless psych rock weirdos the Flaming Lips. This time around, we have updates about their ambitious world record attempt and their feud with Erykah Badu.
Let's start with the Flaming Lips' Guinness World Records attempt to claim Jay-Z's title for the most concerts in multiple cities within 24 hours: they did it! Over a 24-hour period between Wednesday (June 27) and Thursday (June 28), the band successfully completed eight shows, including appearances in Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
In a statement, frontman Wayne Coyne said, "To be able to pick up this silly drinking book -- after all, Guinness is a beer -- this funny book that when I was growing up was a curiosity. To be published alongside the man who ate 22 pounds of his own boogers, beside the woman with the longest toenails or perhaps even to be published beside an individual who has had maybe 1,000 cockroaches stuffed into their ears... that, to me, would be one of life's absurd joys."
Along the way, the band debuted a new song called "You Lust," which may appear on their upcoming new album, but unfortunately video streams of the track are currently unavailable in Canada. If you're in the U.S., though, you can check out the song here.
In other Lips news, the band may have found a solution to their controversial Erykah Badu collaboration: replacing her part in the song and video.
"At the moment, I'm talking with [Dresden Dolls singer] Amanda Palmer about remaking the video and having Amanda sing it and just be in the video," Coyne told MTV.
You may recall that Badu and Coyne have been embroiled in a war of words as of late. After the nudity-filled video for the collaborative track "The First TIme I Ever Saw Your Face" emerged online, Badu criticized the band for releasing a "tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video" without her permission. Coyne then accused Badu of intentionally stirring up controversy.