The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends

The Flaming Lips already announced the impending release of With A Little Help From My Fwends, their guest-heavy full-length tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album will include covers of every single song on the Beatles’ original album, and we already knew that it would feature guests like Miley Cyrus, Moby, Electric Würms, and MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden. As it turns out, that was just the tip of the collaborative iceberg. Frontman Wayne Coyne posted the tracklist sprawl on Instagram (see below), and it seems to indicate that the album will also feature contributions from My Morning Jacket, Tegan And Sara, J Mascis, Foxygen, Phantogram, Julianna Barwick, Dr. Dog, the Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish, Lightning Bolt side project Black Pus, Wilco side project the Autumn Defense, Grace Potter, and Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan. At this point, it’s hard to even imagine what this thing will sound like. But there you have it: It’s happening. It’s out 10/28 on Warner Bros. Here’s the tracklist…

01 My Morning Jacket, Fever The Ghost, J Mascis – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
02 The Flaming Lips, Black Pus, The Autumn Defense – “With A Little Help From My Friends”
03 Miley Cyrus, Moby, The Flaming Lips – “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
04 Dr. Dog, Chuck Inglish – “Getting Better”
05 Electric Würms – “Fixing A Hole”
06 Phantogram, Juliana Barwick – “She’s Leaving Home”
07 The Flaming Lips, Maynard James Keenan, Sunbears – “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!”
08 Birdflower, Morgan Delt – “Within You Without You”
09 The Flaming Lips, Pitchwafuzz, Def Rain – “When I’m Sixty-Four”
10 Tegan And Sara, Stardeath And White Dwarves – “Lovely Rita”
11 Zorch, Grace Potter, Treasure MammaL – “Good Morning Good Morning”
12 Foxygen, MGMT – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”
13 The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus – “A Day In The Life”

In other Flaming Lips news, Coyne also recently announced on Instagram that the band would play their 1993 album Transmissions From The Satellite Heart, the one that featured breakout single “She Don’t Use Jelly,” in full at a future Minneapolis show. That goes down 9/14 at First Avenue.

Comments (43)
  1. man i hope MGMT’s next record is listenable

    • I think it’s really underrated.

      At first I thought Congratulations was a huge disappointment. I then grew to love it.

      At first I thought the recent self titled album was a disappointment. I then grew to love it.

      It’s not as good as Congratulations, but I do still love it and listen to it quite a bit.

      • i’m with you on Congratulations, had the same experience. But with the s/t album, i;’ve tried and tried and to me it’s utterly joyless, empty, shapeless. i can’t even have it on as background music. no idea what they were going for.

  2. The Flaming Lips are doing the best cliched imitation of The Flaming Lips ever.

  3. “A Day In The Life” with Miley?!?!?!

  4. So is it ? in “When I’m Sixty-Four” as in ? and the Mysterians?

  5. Wayne seems really determined to destroy all the goodwill the Lips earned with the Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi

    • “The man who creates himself must also be the man who destroys himself.”

      - Somebody said something like that at some point in time, probably

    • Not really, they’ve done good work with Embryonic and The Terror, and the Heady Fwends album had some good stuff. This is just another curio of theirs, not sure why people are flipping out.

      • Because when they covered Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” the results were pretty fucking bad.

        I even saw them perform it live, and it was pretty fucking bad.

        • Seriously…I love The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi…….and virtually nothing else. There was something sweet underneath all the weirdness on those two. And as much as people defend Ebryonic and The Terror I don’t get that vibe from those AT ALL. It’s just weirdness without cohesion. And all the sideshow BS is just silly.

          • I don’t think Yoshimi has really aged all that well, either. I think people mostly just remember it as an album they loved but don’t actually listen to it much.

            Some of the melodies are really transcendent (title track, “Do You Realize”, “Are You a Scientist”) but the lyrics are very hokey (and not endearingly so), while the beat programming is really kind of primitive and starts to sound very samey over the course of an entire LP.

            At its worst (basically for the past decade or so), the Lips’ music is a shell game, delivering vague arms-length renditions of concepts such as “fun” and “psychedelia”. But even at their best, their music is usually a pretty-good execution of might’ve-been-great ideas.

          • Embryonic is my second favourite after Soft Bulletin. I also really like The Terror.

            It’s hard to compare them because they’re such different albums, but I think Embryonic is really fabulous and right up my alley.

            I agree with the poster below, cheap_suit that Yoshimi hasn’t aged well. I don’t listen to it much at all.

      • the terror is tremendously underrated

  6. I predict that this will quickly find a place in history alongside the Sgt Pepper tributes done by Cheap Trick and the Bee Gees.

    • Don’t forget Steve Martin’s cover on “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” in that film too!

    • In related Lips news……

      “Yup, I’m plumb outta fucked up ideas. Just gonna keep mining earlier generations of half baked art school level crap”

      Wayne Coyne, 15 minutes ago.

      • People on this site get very upset and downvotey when you point out the undeniable fact that the Lips’ days as a worthwhile creative entity are long over.

        Hope springs eternal, I guess.

  7. I’ve heard exactly two songs from Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father and they were… fine, or whatever. Mark E. Smith sounds better on “Day in the Life” than he did on “Victoria”. I’m sure the Wedding Present, Billy Bragg and Triffids renditions were okay too, for what it’s worth (though I’ll probably never be arsed to check it out).

    I’m going to go ahead and assume that Coyne and fwends have the Three Wize Men on that “When I’m 64″ cover. Or the remaining members of the Delfonics (that would actually be kinda rad).

  8. Maynard James Keenan singing “Mr. Kite” should be interesting!

  9. Dr Dog and Chuck Inglish doing Getting Better should be an interesting record.

  10. Love the fake ass scribbled track list screen shot. Replete with scratched out crap, borderline illegible artists and song titles, sanskrit penmanship…’s all good. I double dawg dare Wayne to publish a series of his shopping lists when he goes to Safeway.

    Wayne, EVERYTHING doesn’t have to look goofy and like you composed it while on acid.

  11. That Foxygen/MGMT track could either be the best thing on this album or quite possibly the worst thing ever.

  12. Let’s try and be positive: maybe some Miley fans who know nothing about rock history will actually learn something from this?

    Trying so hard to see a bright side here…

  13. ill be the one to say it if no one else will – im excited about this record. everything the lips have done has had something i loved. all the way back to in a priest driven ambulance /// zaireeka /// 7 skies h3 /// the christmas on mars soundtrack had some beautiful stuff on it /// at war with the mystics had a load of great psychedelia /// and also for what its worth – the peace sword ep last year was ridiculously sweet.

  14. My question is: why would all these awesome artists sign up to destroy these Beatles songs? I just can’t see that happening. For example, My Morning Jacket appears on here, and Jim James aka Yim Yames released a very well done/tasteful tribute to George Harrison & the Beatles a few years ago. So, I can’t see him signing up to do something detrimental to these songs. Perhaps it won’t be as bad as we fear.

  15. Guys, I’m pretty bummed about the existence of something I won’t have to listen to if I don’t want to, too.

  16. I have a feeling this is going to be a mess. Hope I’m wrong, lol.

  17. 12 Foxygen, MGMT – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”
    13 The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus – “A Day In The Life”

    Those two give me pause. The rest of it seems like it could be interesting All of it is at least intriguing enough to wait until I’ve heard it before freak out.

    Crappy, unnecessary tribute albums happen ALL. THE. TIME. At least this one seems to have some thought put into it and is most likely being created with the same psychedelic spirit The Beatles had for the original.

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