The Flaming Lips have a celebratory video for their nostalgic, reflective single “Assassins of Youth” taken from their September psych-pop masterwork American Head. Directed by Wayne Coyne, the clip was filmed at a recent socially distanced performance the band gave in Oklahoma City where both band and crowd members were encased in plastic bubbles. The event itself has since gone viral attracting headlines around the world and extensively reported on CNN, NPR, NME, Noisey, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Variety, Uproxx, The Today Show, Marc Maron's WTF Podcast, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, TMZ and more. Click here to view “Assassins of Youth.”
For years, Coyne has walked atop ecstatic crowds in a bubble. But in the interest of bringing back their spectacular live gigs safely, the band extended the tradition to fans. The video captures the unexpected joy of the endeavor, celebrating The Flaming Lips’ uncanny ability to bring people together, even in the midst of these strange times. It’s a thrill just to see a crowd jumping up and down in 2020, even if they all happen to be in plastic orbs. “Of course, our MAIN priority was making sure everyone was safe and all the health cautions were being enforced,” Coyne writes.