Watching The Planets Video

Directed By: Wayne Coyne and George Salisbury

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This video was filmed at several locations in Portland, Oregon on September 23 and 24, 2009. The Lips put out a public call for the nude bicyclist extras featured in the video.

Wayne spoke about his ideas for the video with BikePortland.org before the shoot.

Coyne was enthused about his plan. He said he got the idea from the scene at the end of the musical Hair: “You know how it’s a bunch of freaked out naked people climbing some mountain with blood and fire and finding some new civilization there — so I thought of Portland, right?”

“So I read a couple stories about the naked bicycle riding. I know Jillian [Kelsheimer Sevick, former BikePortland neighbor and currently merchandising manager for the Flaming Lips] from Portland and thought — I wanna do it for a video.”

The plan for the shoot makes Portland’s annual naked bike events sound fairly run of the mill. “I’m having one of my giant space bubbles covered in fake fox fur,” Coyne said. “Its going to look like some giant fur egg, and the people on bicycles are gonna sort of be born and erupt out of this fur, vaginalistic thing.”

As with other naked rides, the event is meant to be freespirited rather than lewd, Coyne said. “There’s a difference between pornography and just freaks who are naked. This is about unrestricted freedom and a good lawlessness that’s always sort of implied at our shows.”

The video is being made for the final song, called “Watching the Planets,” on the Flaming Lips’ upcoming album appropriately titled Embryonic. The song is “an epic…march, almost. It goes on this hypnotic groove,” Coyne said. The video’s concept is still emerging: “Maybe I’ll even get naked for the video, too. I don’t even know how it ends — maybe it ends with them all getting clothed and making me get naked and shoving me back into the giant fur egg. I just came up with that right now.”










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