September 24th, 2009 | by MATTHEW SINGER Music | Posted In: Columns

UPDATED! Beautiful Boobs and Fur Vag on the Set of the New Flaming Lips Video

     
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Update Thursday @ 11:30 am: We've just gotten word that the Flaming Lips naked bike video saga is continuing today on Sauvie Island. Thursday video shoot updates here. ANOTHER UPDATE @ 2:43 pm: More info (about Jackpot Records / Bagdad Theatre srcreening of the video) at the bottom of this post.

ORIGINAL POST:
“I want you to know your boobs are beautiful. They're just wrong for my film, that's all.” - Wayne Coyne

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 called upon Portland's vast population of nude bicyclists to flank him as he barreled down hills in the big plastic space bubble he occasionally uses to roll across crowds during the Lips' live shows. By the time I arrived there, at about 5:30, he was done with the cyclists—who, naturally, commenced with an impromptu naked bike ride around Tabor—but he was by no means done shooting. 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.

After taking a quick gander at the naked bike ride, I went back down the hill where the small crew was filming the video to find a cutely nebbish young lady lifting her shirt for Coyne. Unlike the woman who Coyne put his arms around and consoled with the above quote, apparently her breasts were right for his film (and—at the risk of sounding pervy—I gotta say: Wayne knows his tits). 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.

What it all means, who the hell knows. I guess we'll have to wait until we see the completed video. But I'll tell you one thing: I want to be Wayne Coyne when I grow up.



Special Screening information:

Free, one night only show at the Bagdad Theater to celebrate the Flaming Lips' new album.

Jackpot Records is proud to announce a free, one time only multimedia screening in honor of the Flaming Lips' new album, “Embryonic.” Keeping with the tradition of celebrating each Flaming Lips release with a special event, Jackpot Records will be curating a cinematic feature for your viewing pleasure as you aurally take in what is sure to be another epic masterpiece, on the eve of the album's release.

Come be the first to hear the album, whose official release isn't until the following day. Seating is limited, so come early! “Embryonic” will be available for purchase at midnight at the show, along with other special event goodies.

Monday, October 12th 2009
Bagdad Theater
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Doors at 10 pm, Film at 11 pm
Free, 21+


Links:
Flaming LipSpace

Photos also by Matthew Singer
 
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