The Beatles’ ‘Revolution’ Gets Innovative All-iPad Cover Treatment By Flaming Lips
You say you want a revolution? Well, you certainly got one last night, when freak-psych rockers the Flaming Lips turned in a absolutely mind-bending rendition of the Beatles‘ ‘Revolution’ during the MTV O Music Awards, which were held Monday (Oct. 31) in Los Angeles. The entire song was recorded on nothing but iPads.
The performance, in tribute to recently deceased Apple co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs, was preceded by an introduction by John Lennon‘s widow, Yoko Ono. “When you lose a genius of that caliber, they’re never really gone, they live on all around us through our memory, their words and their work,” Ono said.
Jobs — and Lennon, for that matter — certainly lived on with the Lips’ version of ‘Revolution,’ a playfully strange yet surprisingly faithful cover of the tune. Check it out here, it starts at about 30 minutes in with Yoko’s speech.
The second-annual MTV O Music Awards is a year-long celebration of digital music with awards handed out throughout the year and at various events. Other winners included Marc Martel’s cover of ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen in the Best Fan Cover category and Nirvana‘s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ for Best Vintage Viral Video.