THE FLAMING LIPS – The W.A.N.D. (2x CD Singles)

The WAND CoverWarner Bros. W706CD1 / W706CD2: 17th July 2006
1. The W.A.N.D.
“Time after time those fanatical minds, try to rule all the world, telling us all it’s them, who’s in charge of it all”
2. The W.A.N.D. (Goldfrapp Supernaturalistic Remix)
“I got a trick, a magic stick, that will make them all fall, we got the power now motherfuckers, that’s where it belongs”
3. You Gotta Hold On

“There’s nothing to be afraid of, you’ve got to hold on ”
4. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (In Anatropous Reflex)
“It’s a very dangerous thing to do exactly what you want, because you cannot know yourself or what you’d really do”

The title of The Flaming Lips’ new single stands for “The Will Always Negates Defeat”. Which is reflected in its gloriously positive sound, and the fuzzed up Guitar riff that sounds like an army of killer Bees marching to the tune. The lyrics find Wayne railing against the warmongers by invoking the rather phallic image of a huge wizard’s Wand that he’s waving around. Goldfrapp’s remix is more in line with their earlier more ethereal moments rather than the more recent Glam Pop sounds.

‘You Gotta Hold On’ bears a striking resemblance to ‘Something In The Air’ by Thunderclap Newman. It even uses the line “When will you smell it, man it’s in the air”, but it suffers by comparison. Lastly is a new version of ‘The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song’ with only a lone Piano to accompany Wayne’s vocal. It’s testament to the quality of the song that when it’s stripped right down it still matches up to the original.

Here are links to watch videos for ‘Fight Test’, ‘Do You Realize??’, ‘The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song’, ‘The W.A.N.D.’ and ‘War Pigs (Live)’ on YouTube.

Also, click here to watch The Flaming Lips’ cover of ‘Suspicious Minds’ from a sadly departed C4 music show called Re:covered. I remember being blown away at the time and thanks to the wonders of YouTube I can see it again.

The Flaming Lips Website / The Flaming Lips MySpace Page

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