Sunday, June 10th, 2012
The Flaming Lips cover Radiohead
FlamingLips.comWell this one was kind of a no-brainer.
This Saturday night sees maybe the biggest concertgoer-conflict in recent Toronto memory – yeah, I’d say even moreso than Iggy & The Stooges vs Pavement/Broken Social Scene back in 2010. In this corner – the corner of Sheppard and Keele, a ways out of the city core, to be precise – you’ve got Downsview Park hosting Radiohead’s first local show in some four years, and in the other – the so-called “heart of the city” in the smack dab of downtown – is Yonge-Dundas Square, with the NXNE mainstage hosting a free headlining show from The Flaming Lips.
Really, the two locales are too far apart for any real clash of Alternative Nation titans and besides, if you were leaning towards Radiohead, you’ve already committed since it’s plum sold out. BUT – if we were to get Thom and Wayne in the metaphorical octagon, this would make a pretty fitting soundtrack. It’s a 2003 b-side from The Lips’ Fight Test EP and turns arguably the only conventional rock song on Amnesiac into a creepy, Lips-y piano dirge. It was one a few covers to accompany the lead track from Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots – there were also Lips-y reinventions of songs by Beck and Kylie Minogue (along with a remix and a couple unreleased songs).
So back to the question of Radiohead v. Flaming Lips – what’s the correct play? Archers Of Loaf at The Phoenix, of course.