Watch: Flaming Lips perform 'God and the Policeman' from their space bubbles on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'
Oklahoma City-based art-rockers The Flaming Lips appeared in their space bubbles on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Friday to perform their wistful new song "God and the Policeman."
As previously reported, the song is from the Grammy-winning group's 21st full-length studio album, "American Head," which was released Friday on Warner Records.
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne recently chatted with me about "American Head," alternative history songwriting, coronavirus pandemic and more in a wide-ranging interview that you can read here.
He and co-writer Steven Drozd penned many of the songs on "American Head" as sort of alternative history versions of colorful stories from Coyne's OKC childhood. For instance, “Mother I've Taken L.S.D” draws on the time he overheard one of his brothers admit to their mom that he had used the hallucinogen, while “Mother Please Don’t Be Sad” originated from the time the teenage Coyne was held up at gunpoint while working at an OKC Long John Silver's.
"When Steven and I are writing songs together, I do talk a lot about my life - real people, real scenarios, real times, real insects, real motorcycles, real drugs, real haircuts, whatever - and Steven doesn't. ... There's a blur between an abstract thing that we're singing about that is something that Steven is expressing, and it's mixed with something that sometimes very plain when I'm singing. All of our music kind of is that," Coyne said in our interview.
During their "Tonight Show" appearance, Coyne and Drozd swapped the verses, but the album version is a duet between the frontman and Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves.
The Lips also debuted a new video for the track Friday. The "God and the Policeman" video, featuring cameos with Wayne's wife and son, was filmed in Oklahoma and Texas and directed by Coyne and Blake Studdard for AtriaCreative.co.
To read more of my interview with Coyne, click here.