At War With The Mystics
April 4, 2006
"The W.A.N.D." - will be the first track from The Flaming Lips' new album 'At War With The Mystics" released through Warner Music, it is available at all digital retailers.
When asked about what the track was about Waynes answer was:
I was playing electric guitar, Michael was on fuzzwah bass and Steven was on the drumkit and we stumbled upon this druggy prog-rock riff and stuttery, funky beat.
It was like Black Sabbath getting mashed up with Sly and the Family Stone or Stevie Wonder, and it sent us off in a wonderful new direction. The idea of a magic wand and magic powers occurred to me while watching a homeless guy in Oklahoma City. He was, I believe, Vietnamese, and had a cool looking wizardly beard and mustache and he carried a long stick, which he used as a kind of cane-weapon. And one day I saw him fighting an "imagined" enemy and the long stick became (as best I could tell) a kind of magic wand that made his invisible foe retreat. I mean... it seemed to give him a confidence that allowed him to defeat his hallucinations...and at first I thought "how sad...he believes this old stick is saving him"... but the more I thought about it, the more I envied him in a way...for the evil manifestations of his mind he invented a sparkling sorcerer's baton to lead his psychic revolution...yes!!...
And so we delved into a kind of radical protest rock mentality...We sing, "We got the power now, motherfuckers, that's where it belongs", but I believe it's cosmically empowering - not actually empowering. In the song, we rail against the greedy, corrupt evil beings who are in control and trying to enslave us... But our rebellion is simply to fight back - we have no solutions.
This is the follow up album to the very well recieved, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots released back in 2002.
listen to a taster of the new track below.
1. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
2. Free Radicals
3. The Sound of Failure/It's Dark... Is It Always This Dark??
4. My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion
5. Vein Of Stars
6. The Wizard Turns On...
7. It Overtakes Me/The Stars Are So Big, I Am So Small... Do I Stand a Chance?
8. Mr. Ambulance Driver
9. Haven't Got A Clue
10. The W.A.N.D.
11. Pompeii Am GÃƒÂ¶tterdÃƒÂ¤mmerung
12. Goin' On
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