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Flaming Lips To Take Yoshimi To The Stage?

Written by Barnaby Smith on April 4, 2011

Never one to let such things as money or practicality get in the way of grand ambition, the Flaming Lips have revealed they are planning a theatrical reimagination of their ‘classic’ album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.

Frontman Wayne Coyne revealed the plan to billboard.com, saying, “It’ll be a big chunk of Flaming Lips music, probably about 30 songs. It’s a big deal. It’s hokey and wonderful and poignant and powerful. It’s really become a perfect combination of my fantastical robot-world vision and [director Des McAnuff’s] little, internal, humanistic version of what that music is. I really believe it could work – and luckily I don’t have to do much!”

McAnuff also worked on the musical Jersey Boys and more impressively, the theatrical production of Tommy by The Who.

Coyne went on to explain why his band are continually releasing music is strange and obscure ways, such as flexi-discs, not to mention their incredible fiddly 12-part YouTube song.

Coyne said, “We’re not making our music less available… we want people to have it. And we know that if we put it on iTunes, virtually at the same moment someone will post it and it becomes out there and available virtually for free, but we still want it to be heard.”

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