Flaming Lips' 'Girl, You're So Weird' Video Earns Its NSFW Warning

Bowie-esque oddity from the Record Store Day 'Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends' collaborative LP

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Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

The going got weird a long time ago, to invoke the oft-abused Hunter S. Thompson quote, and lucky for us, the Flaming Lips are still consummate pros. Even by the standards of a pop era where, yes, dead artists perform via hologram, or the first track on the nation's best-selling album is a multiple-personalities hip-hop showtune that breaks out into a refrain of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" (!!!), the Oklahoma psych-rockers continue to stand out as spaced oddities. The recently surfaced visuals for "Girl, You're So Weird," the band's collaboration with past cohort and former the Polyphonic Spree touring guitarist New Fumes, make so many other quasi-rebellious music videos we've seen lately look as uptight as Rick Santorum in a too-small sweater-vest.

The song comes from the group's upcoming collaborative album The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, which comes out for Record Store Day 2012 and, naturally, in some limited editions will evidently come with vials of the guest artists' actual blood. Where the project's most recent track to emerge, Bon Iver team-up "Ashes in the Air," could tend to drag, this one has vacuum-like noises and Bowie-esque vocals about getting high, masturbating, and watching "each other pee" — no dragging possible. It might not be something you'll listen to again and again, but the video, which involves female nudity, disco balls, colored smoke, skulls, and suspicious fluids, is an uncomfortably welcome transmission from, if not a satellite heart, then at least a deeply uninhibited mind.

OK, we'll make this real simple for you: It's weird!

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