The Flaming Lips, 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'

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    http://www.npr.org/2014/10/19/35612...laming-lips-with-a-little-help-from-my-fwends


    First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'
    by Stephen Thompson

    October 19, 201411:02 PM ET

    With A Little Help From My Fwends
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    The Flaming Lips' new album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, comes out Oct. 28.

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    It's hard to divine, on paper anyway, a formula for effectively covering The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety. It's not an album that had been crying out for improvement — to put it mildly — nor has it ever receded far enough toward the cultural margins to require rediscovery. These songs still occupy the ether of the everyday, even for those who've never sat down and studied the record from front to back.

    Enter The Flaming Lips, whose members have been playing with house money — or an artistic blank check, if you'd prefer that metaphor — for much of a career spanning more than 30 years. Last year's pulverizing and strangely pretty The Terror was often punishingly uncompromising, but With A Little Help From My Fwends tackles its impossible task with a comparatively light touch. That lightness is clear from the title alone, and yet The Flaming Lips' audaciously playful streak (required in order to cover Sgt. Pepper's in the first place) still gets undercut with moments of abrasiveness, aggression and detours down strange side roads.

    Befitting its title, concept and intentions — all proceeds from the album go to an organization that helps provide veterinary care to needy pet owners — With A Little Help From My Fwends calls on a motley assortment of boundary-pushing guest players. These include obvious natural allies (My Morning Jacket, Foxygen, Dr. Dog) and the less obvious likes of Tegan And Sara and avowed Lips enthusiast Miley Cyrus, who turns up in both "A Day In The Life" and an appropriately sprawling "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." (In fact, "Lucy" reunites the team behind a bizarre video in which Cyrus and The Flaming Lips ham it up alongside Moby.)

    Even The Flaming Lips can't cover such a canonical record without having to walk a series of fine lines — between reverence and irreverence, between adherence to the text and a career-spanning urge to fly off into outer space. There's obviously no sense in cobbling together a straight-ahead remake, but it's also difficult to imagine anyone seeking out a "tribute" album that cuts one of the most beloved classics in rock-music history down to size. But the band and its many collaborators ultimately walk all these fine lines by smearing, crossing, ignoring and obliterating them. The strange and sprawling result sounds both loving and deeply, deeply weird — which, for The Flaming Lips, mean just about the same thing.

    First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'
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    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (feat. My Morning Jacket, Fever The Ghost, J. Mascis)
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    With A Little Help From My Friends (feat. Black Pus, The Autumn Defense)
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    Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (feat. Miley Cyrus, Moby)
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    Getting Better (feat. Dr. Dog, Chuck Inglish, Morgan Delt)
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    Fixing A Hole (feat. Electric Wurms)
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    She's Leaving Home (feat. Phantogram, Julianna Barwick, Spaceface)
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    Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (feat. Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer, Sunbears!)
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    Within You Without You (feat. Birdflower, Morgan Delt)
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    When I'm Sixty-Four (feat. Def Rain, Pitchwafuzz)
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    Lovely Rita (feat. Tegan And Sara, Stardeath And White Dwarfs)
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    Good Morning Good Morning (feat. Zorch, Grace Potter, Treasure Mammal)
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    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (feat. Foxygen, Ben Goldwasser)
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    A Day In The Life (feat. Miley Cyrus, New Fumes)
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    When I had hot Mexican food, I had flaming lips.
     
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    i like this band
     
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    Miley Cyrus - really?
     
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    I dated a girl with flaming lips... my itching lasted several weeks.
     
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    she's not bad, you probably wouldn't even know it was her unless credited, i like it.
     
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    I saw them at red rocks a couple years ago. The did the entire Dark side of the Moon album with wizard of oz playing in the background. It was ok. I really think they are an over rated band.
     
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    I've tried to find a reason to like them but really can't. For all of the theatrics, weirdness, outside of the box thinking, etc.. it comes down to, IMO, that they really aren't very interesting and don't write good songs. They are sort of like a little league version of Janes Addiction.
     
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    Well said. They are the band for people that are trying too hard to be cool and artsy.
     
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    who cares.....i'm seeing a real beatle tonight.
    ringo is playing at the broward center, should be fun.
     
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    I used to be a big fan, but I wish they started writing their own good music again. Everytime I hear about them now it seems like they are just doing some cover project
     
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    And trying too hard with the Sid and Marty Krofft schtick, which would have gone over well in the early-mid 90's when that kind of stuff was retro-cool, but now, not so much.
     
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    They try too hard to be interestigng, weird and "artistic"...fact is they are just not too good. Fans of them are not fans of music
     
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    They lost me after that tangerine piece of shit song.