Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

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The Flaming Lips

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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