Sunday, December 26th, 2010
"It Was A Very Good Year"
The Flaming Lips cover Frank Sinatra
GVSBAnother year of covers done, and it was – for me, at least – a pretty good year. Which I think rates lower than “very good”, but I’ll take it. And it was a pretty good year for The Flaming Lips, as well. After returning to active duty as a band who makes records, rather than a band who makes films and commercials and whatnot, with last year’s Embryonic, they spent 2010 doing what they arguably do best – put on amazing and outrageous live shows. And they’ll cap it off this New Year’s Eve with a complete album performance of their masterpiece The Soft Bulletin in their hometown of Oklahoma City.
Furthermore, according to Rolling Stone, they’re aiming to make 2011 pretty special as well. Wayne Coyne says they’re going to record and release a new song every month next year and document the process on video. The intention is that the songs be collected in an album form, when all is said and done, and the video footage edited down to an accompanying film. And then of course they will tour some more.
And so we close out 2010 with a track that dates back many years, good and bad, to 1993. It’s a contribution the Lips, along with a bevy of acts who’d never make it out of the college rock underground, made to Chairman of the Board: Interpretations of Songs Made Famous by Frank Sinatra, a tribute album to Ol’ Blue Eyes and the songs he made famous, if not wrote or originally recorded – this one was originally recorded by Bob Shane of The Kingston Trio.
Happy New Year, all.