What Did We Just Watch?: Bonkers NSFW Video For The Flaming Lips & Erykah Badu's "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face"

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by Benjamin Wright
June 5, 2012 1:19 PM
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Musician Erykah Badu is certainly no stranger to controversy, and the psychedelic rock quartert The Flaming Lips are certainly no strangers to being, well, strange. So perhaps it’s not surprising that the mixture of the two would make for an entirely unwholesome blend of the odd and gratuitous.

That’s perhaps the best way to describe the Lips’ video for their latest single, "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" from their compilation album of collaborations entitled The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. The track is appropriately Lips-like and enjoyable – with some great vocals courtesy of Badu – but it’s her sister, Nayrok Badu, that steals the show from both parties. Though it’s not for her vocal prowess, as in this completely NSFW clip, the Badu sibling is seen being bathed in glitter, blood, and HAND SOAP (we hope it’s hand soap, not semen as the video seems to insinuate).

Directed by regular Lips collaborator George Salisbury, the video is slow-motion euphoria that makes Badu’s previous bout with nudity in her video for “Window Seat” back in 2010 look like child’s play. The Heady Fwends album from which this hails was a record store day exclusive, but will be receiving a release on June 26th. For the time being, enjoy some Lips madness below. [Pitchfork/Shadow & Act]

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  • BADUWORLD,INC | June 6, 2012 12:16 PMReply

    OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM - WAYNE COYNE / FLAMING LIPS
    "The video link that was erroneously posted on Pitchfork by the Flaming Lips of the Music Video 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face', which features Erykah Badu, is unedited and unapproved.. Sorry!! We, the Flaming Lips, accept full responsibility for prematurely having Pitchfork post it. It has outraged and upset a segment of fans and we apologize if we offended any viewers!!! This is a Flaming Lips video which features Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok and is not meant to be considered an Erykah Badu or Nayrok statement, creation, or approved version.” Posted by www.baduworld.com

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