The Flaming Lips seem to be doing everything they can in lieu of making a proper follow-up to their monolithic 2009 record, “Embryonic.” They’ve collaborated with tons of artists from Yoko Ono to Ke$ha, done multiple hour-long songs, and appeared on “Yo Gabba Gabba.” Now it appears they’re planning to produce a live musical version of their 2002 album, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” is imminent.
While not exactly a rock opera, the record follows a loose concept that could be tightened together quite easily into a narrative — many of the songs involve robots, fighting and the analyzing of life and emotions. Even with that blueprint, the musical will apparently also be employing songs from “The Soft Bulletin” and “At War with the Mystics” to flesh it out, its track listing being about 30 songs in length.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the musical will be set for La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego in either November or December of this year. “The Social Network” screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin was originally slated to pen the screenplay, but it will instead be written by the play’s director, Des McAnuff. In a press statement released yesterday, McAnuff states,
“Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and I have been working on Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots for some time. Aaron Sorkin initially planned to write a book for the musical, but when it became clear that the musical would be ‘sung through,’ Aaron turned his attention to other projects. In the meantime, Aaron and I have started work on another play. Wayne and I continue to fine tune the libretto and score for the musical which will go into rehearsal in La Jolla in the middle of September. We are both looking forward to Yoshimi with keen anticipation. We know that we have Aaron’s enthusiastic blessing on our project.”
While this is not a new album, it should still be a fun revisit to the Lips’ ’00s work, and will hopefully not fall into the abysmal bombast of U2′s stab at Broadway, “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark.”