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Earlier this year, the Flaming Lips decided to team up with Erykah Badu to film a music video for their collaboration “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. Lead singer Wayne Coyne presented Badu with an outline of how he saw the clip going. He wanted Badu to be in a bathtub filled with glitter, blood and other fluids. The singer was having no part of that, but out of respect for their partnership, she extended the offer to her little sister who accepted.
The footage was shot, supposedly with promises Badu would receive a rough cut, but earlier this week, it was uploaded to the Internet without any communication. The version the band went with features a ton of nudity and some sketchy imagery. Irate, Badu took to her Twitter today to let Coyne have it, and the two have been going back and forth ever since. Here’s an excerpt of her initial rant…
You begged me to sit in a tub of that other shit and I said naw. I refused to sit in any liquid that was not water. But Out of RESPECT for you and the artist you 'appear' to be, I Didn't wanna kill your concept , wanted u to at least get it out of your head . After all, u spent your dough on studio , trip to Dallas etc.. Sooo, I invited Nayrok , my lil sis and artist, who is much more liberal ,to be subject of those other disturbing (to me ) scenes . I told u from jump that I believed your concept to be disturbing. But would give your edit a chance.
Badu ended her diatribe by asking Coyne to kiss her and her sister’s asses, and of course, he responded by saying he had, complete with a picture of glittery lips. As of press time, both artists are still Tweeting at each other and at each other’s fans, complaining in Coyne’s case about an overreaction and in Badu’s case about being gratuitous and classless.
You can take a look at the video in question below, which is, obviously, VERY NSFW.
Once again, Do NOT watch this video if you are at work…