Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Watch: The Flaming Lips and Amanda Palmer - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (NSFW)

So in case you missed all the drama almost three months ago, The Flaming Lips had originally recorded this beautiful song with Erykah Badu for their Record Store Day 'Heady Fwends' release (FYI: that album is awesome and you should find ways to own it).

However, things quickly turned sour when the band shared a draft version of the (also NSFW) video with Pitchfork. It features Erykah and her sister Nayrok nude in two separate bathtubs. Nayrok gets splashed and sprayed with everything from glitter and corn starch to what I can only hope was imitation blood and semen. In short, it makes a statement.

When the video was leaked, Badu was clearly not impressed though, calling out Wayne Coyne and co on Twitter for exploiting her sister and their working relationship by 'selfishly' releasing the video. And hey, now it looks like they've just decided to replace her altogether. The new version is a whole lot more calm but in my opinion doesn't vocally compare. I mean, Badu's voice all reverby and whatnot compared to Palmer's? It's a no-brainer.

I will say that Palmer pulls it together at the end, when she really kicks into her chest voice and opens up. You can compare the two versions for yourself though, by watching the original below.

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