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Been talking about the Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots lately. It's one of my favourite albums, and this song, 'Do You Realize', is one of the pieces that I like the best, though I do wish that the clip took direction from the album stronger, and had Yoshimi battling pink robots. Of course, then the elephant wouldn't be there, so it's not a total loss.

I listen to the album as if it is, essentially, it is one large narrative about the girl who battles evil machines to save the world. It's entirely possible that you can listen to the album without that vibe, and a couple of times, the songs are a bit of a stretch; but part of the enjoyment for me is letting the songs fit together a larger narrative. In fact, I had this idea, a while back when I was listening to the album obsessively, of taking Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and making a large novella out of it--where, of course, a girl called Yoshimi battles pink robots to save the world--and each of the eleven songs in the album would sit as chapter headings, and each chapter would, in the same way that I view the album, fit together into the one coherent narrative. I imagined it being a real wild, out there thing of bright colours, strangeness, and pure joy. There would be violent pink robots who would crash into cities. There would be a tiny Japanese girl who had no friends. I'm sure you get the picture. Of course, it's a useless idea, because legally speaking, it's totally undoable without the approval of everyone who owns the material, and while I suppose I could go to the effort to try and get it... well, it'd probably be more stress than it's worth. Besides, sometimes, you get an idea and it's just an idea you toss round, knowing you'll never end up doing it.

Guess this is one of them.

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lucius_t
May. 24th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
"...sometimes, you get an idea and it's just an idea you toss round, knowing you'll never end up doing it."

And sometimes you just get lucky... :)

benpeek
May. 24th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
only if you're aaron sorkin, apparently.
angriest
May. 24th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
And, of course, Aaron Sorkin has already beaten you by currently doing just what you propose - only as a Broadway musical. Not joking.
elenuial
May. 24th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
That sounds amazing. Even more amazing than Karate Kid: the Musical. Do you have evidence of this lying about?
angriest
May. 24th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
There was a news story about the deal in Variety or someplace. Can't remember now. Like all things in development it may never eventuate - but sounds really cool.
benpeek
May. 24th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
i think i remember hearing something about it, yes. i've never been a big fan or musicals--well, outside bollywood--so this doesn't appeal to be hugely.
angriest
May. 24th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
Bollywood musicals aren't really musicals, though. They're just hard-boiled crime flicks or period romances where the character coincidentally sing about their feelings.
benpeek
May. 24th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
which is exactly what i like about them.
strangedave
May. 24th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
except in the musical (and apparently the original album conception) battling pink robots is a metaphor for battling cancer rather literal robots.

Do You Realise is one of my favourite songs ever.
elenuial
May. 24th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
I've always loved "Yoshimi." I mean, the title track is just so delightfully bizarre.

Have you heard The Mars Volta, particularly their album "Frances the Mute"? They do concept albums with a semi-coherent narratives attached (often sf), though they get a good bit weirder than The Flying Lips. It's still really good, though. Their song "The Widow" is one of my favorites. Very harrowing. Very awesome.
benpeek
May. 24th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
i've never really digged the mars volta. i don't think i've heard the album, tho.
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benpeek
May. 24th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: Do you realiiiiiiiizzzzzzeee?
put it out! put it out!
future_conduit
May. 24th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
from my understanding, as a songwriter, it's totally kosher to write a song based on a book/film/whatever - without losing any royalties to the book/film/whatever's author.

don't see why this wouldn't apply the other way.

or you could change Yoshimi's name to something like Yojimi and only die-hard flaming lips fans would be any the wiser.

and elenuial is right: Mars Volta's album frances the mute is amazing. took me 5-6 listens before i got the hang of it tho. a very hard album to like, but an easy album to fall in love with. highly recommend it.
benpeek
May. 25th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
i imagine it would work quite differently the other way round. maybe you could use a song as a guide--say you take the do you realise song and construct a story using the lyrics as a springboard, but i imagine being so literal here would just be a hassle. especially if i then went and made money out of it.

mars volta doesn't really do it for me, so i'll probably skip it :)
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