Published on August 14th, 2012 | by Daniel0
‘The Flaming Lips’ Reveal Details of the New ‘Yoshimi’ Musical
It was time to come clean and ‘The Flaming Lips’ have revealed the full details of their ‘Yoshimi’ musical. The main theme that they have used for this work is the band’s LP ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’. The new show will open in San Diego sometime in autumn. The album on which the musical is going to be based was released way back in 2002. Des McAnuff put together the outfit and is responsible for directing the musical. It will run from the 6th of November to the 16th of December if all goes according to plan. The La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego (California) has been selected as the venue.
- A weird storyline: We have been informed that there is an experimental approach to the storyline just line the album that inspired the musical. Yoshimi is a young Japanese artist who is facing the battle of her life. She is adrift from her lover and family. The protagonist travels alone within a fantastical robot world, waging a war against fate. Viewers then watch to see whether she will be powerful enough to overcome the evil forces that are out to take her life and destroy her.
The musical will feature music from the original album but there will also be other material from the studio efforts of the band over the years. ‘The Flaming Lips’ hope to include ‘At War with the Mystics’ and ‘The Soft Bulletin’. The book for the musical originally came from Aaron Sorkin who penned ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The West Wing’. He then withdrew from the project when he realized that all the dialogue was going to be sung rather than spoken.
Moving beyond weird musical projects
Recently the band released a collaborative album titled ‘The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends’. An eclectic group of artists came together to work on the project including Nick Cave, Bon Iver, My Morning Jacket, Yoko Ono and Ke$ha. They released a limited number of vinyl versions during the Record Store Day (April). Apparently it contained the blood of some of the artists that had contributed to the record. Watch ‘The Flaming Lips’ on this clip: