In April, the Flaming Lips released a Record Store Day collaborative double vinyl called The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. In “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Wayne Coyne teams with Erykah Badu for a post-rock trip with slow-motion, glitter, milk, a blood-like liquid, and Badu’s sister Nayrok showcasing her body in all sorts of unusual ways.
“Wayne is the Willy Wonka of music,” said Badu in April on working with Coyne on the cover of a Ewan MacColl song made famous by Roberta Flack. “I didn’t know what was going to happen.” After multiple interruptions from Coyne, Badu finally nailed her vocals to satisfaction. “By the 29th time, EUREKA! I understood exactly what I wanted,” she said.
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends also features collaborations with Bon Iver, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Ke$ha and more.