The Flaming Lips Take On the Beatles
by Cat Johnson
The new Flaming Lips album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, is a track-by-track tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. But this is no overcooked, polished reworking of the classic album.
In true Flaming Lips style, they have dismantled, sliced and diced the songs, then built them back up. With the help of an impressive roster of artists including My Morning Jacket, Miley Cyrus, Moby, Chuck Inglish, Dr. Dog, J. Mascis and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, the band has created a loud, unapologetically experimental, psychedelic, at times pulverizing collection of rock and roll.
As Coyne says, “We’ve got a lot of our really fucking weird friends to help us do this album.”
This album is not for everyone—it’s not even for all Flaming Lips fans—but if you can get into Wayne Coyne and company’s way out-there, we’re-not-a-pop-band, noise aesthetic, give this one a spin.