The Flaming Lips & Amanda Palmer – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” Video (NSFW)

By Tom Breihan / August 27, 2012

For their collaborative album The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends, the Lips recorded a version of the old folk song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” with Erykah Badu, and it was good. But in the song’s video, Badu’s sister Nayrok writhed around naked in tubs of glitter and fake blood and white goo, and the result was pretty gross and exploitative — so much so, in fact, that Badu herself famously called out Wayne Coyne online.

Well, for whatever reason, the Lips have now recorded another version of the song, this time with drama-rock queenpin Amanda Palmer subbing in for Badu. And in the new video, Palmer appears, extremely naked, though this time she’s in a tub of nothing more exciting that water. Palmer howls the song ecstatically while the lips bang it out in what looks like bored slow motion. Watch it below.

As Pitchfork points out, Coyne is also directing the video for Palmer’s song “Do It With A Rock Star,” and it looks like it could be borderline pornographic.