Scratch your head at The Flaming Lips’ cover of “I Am the Walrus”

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In what may be a promotion for their upcoming Freakout #5 New Year's Eve shows with Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band, acid rockers The Flaming Lips have recorded a cover of the Beatles' psychedelic nonsense gem, "I Am the Walrus." The tune, with its obscure, Lewis Carroll-and-LSD-inspired lyrics, has been covered many times by the likes of Frank Zappa, Guided By Voices, Oingo Boingo, Bono, etc.

The Lips' bizarre version features Wayne Coyne tapping on, and singing through, a transparent, orange disc, Stephen Drozd shaking a maraca under a silver, reflective blanket, and an onslaught of distorted, fuzzed-out bass. They also change the outro lyrics to "Everybody smoke pot," which they apparently did (among other things) before recording the song. Personally, I don't think they do the original any favors, and would rather listen to their cover of "War Pigs," or their divisive 2009 remake of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon featuring Henry Rollins and Peaches.