The Flaming Lips released the music video for “There Should Be Unicorns” on March 3rd, the fifth video from their latest album Oczy Mlody. Filmed in Oklahoma City in February, the lyrics of the song come to life in the video, as does Oczy Mlody’s album cover art. Watch it below, followed by behind the scenes photos from the shoot Instagrammed by the band:
Released January 13th, the same day as parent album Oczy Mlody – and Wayne Coyne’s 56th birthday – “Nidgy Nie (Never No)’s” music video recalls the performance scenes from another Mlody video, “How??” Unlike the earlier released video however, “Nidgy Nie (Never No)” is a single scene throughout – for that matter, even a single hue (which is to say: no stuffed-animal-blinged-motorcycle rides, women in solid-colored, skin-tight, bodysuits or fire stunts this time around). Instead, this time all seven members of the band were filmed playing the song amidst stage visuals familiar to anybody that has seen the band in concert recently:
The Flaming Lips lyric video for “We A Famly” was released Friday, January 6, 2017. It was the fourth and final single before Oczy Mlody was released. “Sunrise (Eyes of the Young),” filmed in Oklahoma City in November 2016 and released December 16th, was the third.
The music video for Oczy Mlody’s second single “How??” was released November 11, 2016; watch it below (or the censored edit here). Filmed in Oklahoma City from late August through September, the video’s colorful imagery expands on the evocative randomness of the songs lyrics – described by frontman Wayne Coyne as “stream of consciousness emotional syllables and fucked up junk-sta position of words and mood to create (accidentally) the mysterious, epic meaning or meaninglessness of the song.” On its release day Wayne went live on the Lips’ Facebook page at 10AM PT/12PM CT/1PM ET.
Below watch the Lips film a stuffed-toy-cover scooter scene for the video.
Released October 21, 2017, the music video for Oczy Mlody’s lead single “The Castle” stars Malia Ward, “a Malibu surf legend” in the words of Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. “We shot the whole thing in about ten minutes and then spent the next two months doing all this ridiculous, funny and sad, and psychedelic scribbling animation on top of it,” Coyne said in a Facebook live chat the day of the video’s release. “A couple of really talented friends of ours [Shelby Stong and Zachary Cox], who weren’t really animators when they started doing this video, became really good animators in the process.”
Filmed in Oklahoma City, the animation and video editing took place from late September 2017 through October 11th, as documented on Instagram. Although restricted from posting much about the creation process, as is his norm, Coyne and animator Shelby Stong did share a few photos from the editing room:
“The Castle” music video was a hit with the “Uptown Girl” herself, Christie Brinkley, among others. Wait….what?