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Lips Take On “Yoshimi” Again

Collector’s edition features bonus tracks and DVD

The Flaming Lips will release a collector’s edition of their most
recent LP, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, padded with
additional tracks and a bonus DVD, on September 2nd. The reissue
will feature the songs like “If I Go Mad” and “Up Above the Daily
Hum” — recorded in sessions between 1999’s The Soft
and 2002’s Yoshimi — that have been
available thus far only as imports.

“By the end of recording Soft Bulletin, we were kind of
done with it,” says frontman Wayne Coyne of the decision to
withhold the tracks from the original Yoshimi. “‘If I Go
Mad’ has a lot of the same mood and drama and references of love,
death and insanity, and even though we liked it a lot and felt it
was powerful, we really didn’t want to put out another record and
have it be ‘Soft Bulletin 2.'”

The accompanying DVD features videos, “making-of” videos, a
trailer for the Flaming Lips upcoming movie Christmas On
, as well as animated representations of the songs
“Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part I” and “Fight Test.”

Shot in Las Vegas, the “making-of” footage of the “Do You
Realize?” video features a menagerie of Lips-favored characters.
“There’s the usual assortment of giant frogs, zebras, wanna-be
Victoria Secret’s models, me and extras sitting around waiting,”
says Coyne. “I was sitting in a chair having make-up put on and
they brought in an elephant that wasn’t behaving the way they
wanted it to. I was wearing a fitted Dolce and Gabana suit, and at
one point, if you watch closely, the elephant gets snot on the
white jacket. It still hasn’t come out.”

Continuing their year of odd couplings, which has seen them team
with the Chemical Brothers and Justin Timberlake, the Lips recently
paired with singer Tom Jones on the theme for Duck
, an animated series on the Cartoon Network.

“Tom Jones just belts the shit out,” Coyne says. “He hasn’t lost
a bit of his bravado.”


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