As usual, Oklahoma City-based freak rockers The Flaming Lips are staying busy little wurms, er, bees.
Lips frontman Wayne Coyne recently confirmed the details of the band’s upcoming remake of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by sharing a hand-written version of the track list on Instagram, according to Spin.com.
The homage, titled “With A Little Help From My Fwends,” features a wealth of collaborators, including Miley Cyrus, Moby, My Morning Jacket, Tegan and Sara, J Mascis, Foxygen, Phantogram, Julianna Barwick, Dr. Dog, Grace Potter, MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden, the Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish, Lightning Bolt offshoot Black Pus, Wilco offshoot Autumn Defense, and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan.
1. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” – My Morning Jacket, Fever The Ghost, J Mascis
2. “With A Little Help From My Friends” – The Flaming Lips, Black Pus, The Autumn Defense
3. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” – Miley Cyrus, Moby, The Flaming Lips
4. “Getting Better” – Dr. Dog and Chuck Inglish
5. “Fixing A Hole” – Electric Würms
6. “She’s Leaving Home” – Phantogram, Juliana Barwick
7. “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!” – The Flaming Lips, Maynard James Keenan, Sunbears
8. “Within You Without You” – Birdflower, Morgan Delt
9. “When I’m Sixty-Four” – The Flaming Lips, ?
10. “Lovely Rita” – Tegan And Sara, Stardeath And White Dwarves
11. “Good Morning Good Morning” – Zorch, Grace Potter, Treasure MammaL
12. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” – Foxygen, MGMT
13. “A Day In The Life” – The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus
According to the band’s iTunes pre-order page, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” will be released Oct. 28. Spin.com debuted this week Zorch’s cover of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” from the album.
Before “With a Little Help From My Fwends,” Lips side project Electric Wurms will release their album next week (as previously reported, it’s due Aug. 18 in the U.K. via Bella Union and Aug. 19 in the United States) via Warner Brothers.
My fine colleague Becky Carman did a fantastic Q&A with Electric Wurms frontman Steven Drozd, the Lips’ resident prodigy and multi-instrumentalist, that run today via NewsOK. Here’s an excerpt:
Q: Where did the material for this band come from?
Steven Drozd: Probably two years ago, Wayne and I had a “what if” conversation: What if someone did this or did that, did this kind of music or was this kind of band? That turned into, “Oh, we should do that,” so we started this sort of side project … the two of us and some other people playing a type of music that doesn’t necessarily have to be Lips music.
We started recording a while back, and then everything was put on hold, since we go through phases where the Lips are just too busy to do anything. It was like that for a while.
So, yeah, it started as a “what if,” and I’m usually satisfied with just saying, “That would be cool if someone did do that,” and forgetting about it, but Wayne, of course, said, “We have to do it.” It just went from there.
Read the full Q&A here and check out this video interview: