Velvet Underground Meets Super Mario Brothers Coltrane … With the Ghost of John Lennon

UPDATE 9/23 – Wayne Coyne personally sold the first 11 available Flaming Lips’ Strobo Light toys – featuring the 6-hour song, “I Found This Star On the Ground” – at Jackpot Records in downtown Portland on September 21st.  Last night he sold 12 more at Seattle’s Sonic Boom Records.  Full, updated info on the strobo and 6 hour song is here.  If your name is in the 6-hour song please tag it on soundcloud – info here.  Follow latest updates at twitter.com/futureheartday.

Listen to Sean Lennon name Flaming Lips fans in this excerpt from the 6 hour song:

Original post from September 14th:

In the wee early hours of September 13th, The Flaming Lips finished recording their soon-to-be-released new ditty, “I Found a Star on the Ground” – better known as their “six hour song.”  Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone later that day, “It’s taken us about three weeks. I think, in our usual overconfidence, I think we thought it would take a couple of days and it’s taken a couple of weeks.”

So what can fans expect? 
According to Steven Drozd it’s an “insane/ retarded/ wicked/ psychedelic/ fugged/ unbelievable/ monstrous/ hilarious/ mind-numbing piece of music” reminiscent of Super Mario Brothers’ video game soundtrack,  The Velvet Underground, John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones,  Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper guitarist), Frank Zappa, The Shaggs, The Silver Apples, Caribou, Faust, Charles Ives and Paul Buckmaster (orchestral arranger best known for work with David Bowie, Elton John and collaborating on Miles Davis’ On The Corner).  Wayne Coyne expanded on Steven’s impressions, telling Rolling Stone “The best way that we can describe the sound of it is, it’s like the Velvet Underground meets Super Mario Brothers. And if you’ve ever played the Mario Brothers game or it you’ve had it on in he background, you could listen to a Mario Brothers type video game forever because its kind of just “do do do do do la ta da ta da.” It’s not real intense, and it’s not going anywhere. Steven was already composing it to be kind of like a long John Coltrane thing…

Additionally, as previously reported, The Flaming Lips created a website in association with the project – flaminglipssixhoursong.com – which allowed fans to donate to two causes closely associated with the band.  Givers of $100 will have their name included in the recording – some by special guest Sean Lennon (yes, that Sean Lennon).  Collaborating with Sean, the band have inserted their fans names into the track to – says Wayne – “sound eerily like the ghost of John Lennon or something.

The charity track – for Central Oklahoma Humane Society and The Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO – will be included as part of the Lips’ soon-to-be-issued strobo trip light toy.  In August Wayne explained to citypages the device, “We’re working on the next release, too, that’s gonna be a toy—it isn’t licensed, it’s this thing called the Strobe Trip Animation Toy, and it has these little round discs that you spin; you hit them with a strobe light and it spins. Some of it is kind of a psychedelic freak-out.” 

The Strobo Light follows July’s limited edition, colored 12″ vinyl collaboration with Lightning Bolt (each copy is a unique colored pattern designed – as with all Lips’ 2011 vinyl releases – by New Fumes); and June’s The Soft Bulletin Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011 and Gummy Fetus (all four releases – and every other 2011 Flaming Lips item – is streaming in full at youtube/psychexfutureheart subscribe for the latest music and videos here).

Click here for full details on the Strobo Trip Light Phase Toy

Follow the latest updates at twitter.com/FutureHeartDay

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