What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love And Understanding

Wayne's Notes from A Collection Of Songs Representing An Enthusiasm For Recording...By Amateurs: The Flaming Lips 1984-1990:

"Recorded in one take with one-guitar over-dub at the end of the 'Telepathic' sessions...Sub-Pop asked us to do a cover of this Sonics' (they're from Seattle) song for their 'single of the month' series and for some reason which I can't remember now, we fused it with this Elvis Costello cover..."

The Lips covered the Elvis Costello and the Attractions version of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding" on the Drug Machine single released by Sub-Pop. On the track, it was paired with a cover of The Sonics' "Strychnine."


Flaming Lips Version
As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin' for light in the darkness of insanity
I ask myself
Is all hope lost
Is there only pain and darkness, and misery

'Cause each time I feel like this inside
There's one thing I wanna know
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding, whoa
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding

As I walk through
These troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
So where are the strong
Who are the trusted
And where is the harmony, sweet harmony

'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away
Just makes me wanna cry
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding, whoa
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding

Live

The Lips performed "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding" sans "Strychnine" on three documented occasions, the first two with Richard, and the third during a two-man show with just Wayne and Michael in Charlotte after Richard quit.

 

Live Performances

10/01/1988 Norman OK USA
The Brain has documented 4 Performances
The Brain has documented 2 Live Downloads available
03/22/1989 Charlotte NC USA Pteradactyl Club Download Available
03/15/1989 Boston MA USA The Rat  
11/30/1988 Copenhagen Denmark Barbue Download Available
10/01/1988 Norman OK USA  

 


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