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The Flaming Lips

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May 14, 2009

Oklahoma's psychedelic-pop giants team up with local pals Stardeath and White Dwarfs for an arresting reinvention of Madonna's Eighties disco-pop classic. They start out by crafting a dubby haze: a minimal electro beat, some toy-box keyboard plinking and Wayne Coyne giving genuine depth to lines like "Stop playing with my heart/Finish what you start" with his high, earnest falsetto. But brace yourself for the chorus, where the song explodes as the crew unleashes dazzling space-rock guitars, church organs and arena-rock drums.

This story is from the May 14th, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone.


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