“If the Flaming Lips’ music isn’t enough to convince you of Wayne Coyne’s genius, consider this: The dude designed a video that would allow him to audition bare breasts for the role of Naked Woman Emerging from a Giant Spherical Vagina. On Wednesday, Coyne directed a clip for the song ‘Watching the Planets,’ off the band’s upcoming double-disc Embryonic, in the wilds of Mount Tabor. He put out an open, on-the-spot casting call for a woman willing to drop trou and top and climb out of a huge hairy ball bearing a striking resemblance to a female reproductive organ. For the next hour or so, a huddled group of about two dozen onlookers (including a father and his two young, giggling kids) got to watch the amateur actress climb in and out of the object referred to in the storyboard—scribbled on a yellow notepad—as a ‘fur vag,’ while Coyne instructed her to ‘get your boobs in the air,’ sounding either like the world’s artiest softcore porn director or the sleaziest art-film director, ever.”—Matthew Singer, Sept. 24, 2009.
SEE IT: The Flaming Lips play McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, with Wild Ones, on Saturday, July 27. 6:30 pm. $42. All ages.