Using Bees To Effect Vengeance

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Thursday, November 14, 2002
So we went to see the Beck/Flaming Lips concert the other day. On this tour, the Lips are not only opening the show but acting as Beck's backing band. Well, they weren't just acting as the band, they *were* the band.

How was it? I have rarely experienced feelings of pure happiness to compare to the one that came over me during "Do You Realize", a lovely uplifting song -- a video screen behind the band is flashing images, the band is conjuring a suitably grand, psychedeloperatic noise, there are Lips fans clad in animal costumes dancing around on the stage, and as Wayne Coyne sweetly croaked, "Do you realize/that everyone you know someday will die?", he raised his arms in triumph like he'd just won the World Cup while the elephants and pink bunnies clambered down to hug concertgoers in the front row. It's very hard to describe, but it was ineffably moving. The clashing of profundity and glorious silliness...the painful sentiment of that lyric paired with Coyne's jubilant gesture and the uplifting sweep of the music-- it was defiantly humanistic and calmly resigned at the same time. I don't know.

Sonnet was taken with them as well, proclaiming after their set that it was the best concert she'd ever seen. I can't go for that (No Can Do), but it was a sublime performance.

The MP3 of the Time Increment: Do You Realize by The Flaming Lips.


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