Flaming Lips Tear Through The Beatles’ ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’
Psychedelic warlords often disappear in smoke. It's true! Here we have those lysergic rebels collectively known as the Flaming Lips, dishing out yet another fabulous interpretation of a Beatles song. In this clip, the Oklahoma misfits are joined by jazz/rock guitarist Nels Cline to deliver an over-the-top rendition of 'I Want You (She's So Heavy).'
The song, which originally appeared on the Fab Four's 'Abbey Road' album, is given a massive 17 minute reading complete with dancers, lights, projections, smoke, and general mayhem in this video.
The band stick very close to the original arrangement, which is a chaotic and hypnotic thing of beauty. Dig how well the intensity builds! Cline (among others) is wearing a 'War Is Over' t shirt, an obvious homage to John Lennon as well as possibly, a comment on recent world events. I must also mention that powerhouse drummer Stepehn Drozd is sporting an ultra cool Big Star shirt. Who's Big Star? There isn't enough space here to explain, write me and I'll bore you to death about about them sometime.
The clip comes form the band's annual 'New Year's Eve Freakout' concert in their hometown of Oklahoma City. The show also featured Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band. During the evening, the band also performed a version of 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' as well as 'Happy Christmas' and 'Give Peace A Chance,' where they were joined by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon.
Last year, The Lips went in the studio with Yoko for a limited edition 12" single, and also found time to deliver a wild rendition on video of yet another Beatles classic, a reworking of 'I Am The Walrus.' Are you sensing a theme here? The fact is, the guys love putting their own stamp on songs by other artists. In the past they have covered everyone from Led Zeppelin and Neil Young to Echo & The Bunnymen and David Bowie.
Watch the Flaming Lips Perform 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' by the Beatles