Who let the Flaming Lips take a flaming crap on the Deep Purple tribute album?
Some of the world's top hard-rockers paid homage to Deep Purple recently by performing on Remachined, a tribute to the British band's legendary Machine Head album of '72. Then the Flaming Lips took a dump in the middle of it and damn near spoiled the whole thing.
I take my Purple pretty seriously, and apparently so do bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden and guitarists such as Joe Bonamassa, Carlos Santana, and Steve Vai, all of whom took time out from their busy schedules to contribute to the disc. Maiden get things raging with "Space Truckin'", Vai gets freaky on the fretboard on "Highway Star", and Bonamassa is joined by Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and former Cold Chisel howler Jimmy Barnes on a wicked, nine-minute rendition of "Lazy".
Then--for no apparent reason other than to rile up cranky old '70s-rock holdouts like myself--the Flaming Lips come crawling out of Oklahoma to waste everybody's time with a puerile version of "Smoke On the Water" that everyone in the entire world could do without. Check this crap out:
Okay, so maybe I overreacted a little bit. I guess it is kind of an ingeniously comical reworking... No, wait--what am I saying? Get a grip, Newt. It fucking sucks! And I'm not the only one who thinks so. 352 YouTube viewers disliked it, including the guy who said: "Wow. I made it through 55 seconds. I was going to listen to the rest but I gotta go stick my dick in a meat grinder and that sounds so much more appealing."
Fortunately for real Purple fans, that torturous dismantling of "Smoke On the Water" is directly followed by that kick-ass version of "Lazy" I told you about, and it works like a rocking balm to speed recovery. Only three YouTube viewers disliked "Lazy", and I'm guessing they're all Pitchfork-reading Flaming Lips freaks:
So whaddya think? Wanna sign my petition to have Remachined rereleased with that Flaming piece of crap removed?
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