Most people have had a freaky nightmare (or acid trip, we don’t know your life) wherein weird things happen in slow motion. But we’re willing to bet nobody has had a nightmare quite like the one Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Erykah Badu have cooked up for their Heady Fwends collaboration. Following the Coyneographer’s tweets a few days ago featuring a handful of nude stills from the shoot, the clip for “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” premiered today via Delo Creative, the same folks who made the last NSFW Lips collaboration video (as well as that really weird Dr. Dog one). The oddly graceful five minutes feature a bathtub, some (extremely suggestive) heavy-duty electrical wiring/fur pelts, and, oh yeah, some very, very explicit shots of foreign-substance-covered lady parts. And it’s all in slow-mo. Can’t say you weren’t warned, now, can you?
Badu herself pre-emptively denied on Tuesday that the extra-X-rated Carrie bits were of her, though she does appear nude in the video. She said the more salacious nude shots were “the beautiful Nayrok, [her] lil sister and bestee.” Still, we don’t want to know how long it took to wash off all that glitter (or blood, or, uh, milk?) — an educated guess, though, would put it at “less time than it will take us from getting these images out of our heads.” Whatever happened to the days when the astral pair just sat around sampling iPhone noises?
The “First Time” clip comes a day after (and we hope not in celebration of) Badu’s welcoming of her “newest godbaby boy” into the world. Heady Fwends, originally a Record Store Day exclusive, is getting a regular release (physical and digital) on June 26. The album also features collaborations with Ke$ha, Biz Markie, and Nick Cave.