The Flaming Lips dramatize Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

The Flaming Lips, an indie rock post punk band, released their music video for The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song in March this year. Known as specialists in neo psychodelia, the band delivered on cue with their wacky critique of abused power. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song was released as a single and also as a track on the new album, At War With The Mystics. The Flaming Lips include a number of references to Asian culture throughout the video.

Female butchers in Flaming Lips music video

The music video begins in a darkened room. Three female butchers take hamburgers and tape them to a man dressed in business clothes. The camera moves to an outside scene in which the band members are dressed as a war lord and security men. They hold three large men (sumo wrestler style) back, taunting them with hamburgers. Traditional Chinese commuters walk and cycle past. The businessman is pushed through the door to be chased by the three very hungry fat men.

Sumo pounces on hamburger-laden man

Scene two repeats the sequence, this time with donuts being taped to a young woman. The band members, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd and Kliph Scurlock, corrupted with large amounts of money, are let loose to chase the taped woman through a training gymnasium.

Wayne Coyne steaked in Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

Scene three features Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of the band, being taped up with red meat in preparation for being chased by a bear.

Credits and Download

The music video for The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song was directed by Traktor, a Swedish collective of directors and producers working with Partizan, Venice, California, with director of photography Omer Ganai and producer Rani Melendez.

Visual effects were developed at Method Studios, Los Angeles, by lead 2D VFX artist Russell Fell, CG technical supervisor Gil Baron, 2D VFX artists Andrew Eksner and Gavin Miljkovich, junior 2D VFX artists Kyle Obley and Sarah Eim, visual effects executive producer Neysa Horsburgh, head of production Sue Troyan and visual effects producer Rachel Koch.

Editor was Damion Clayton at Spot Welders. Colorist was Beau Leon at The Syndicate

The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

Contact Music host the ‘Making Of’ videos featuring behind the scenes of the music video, along with a video advert for the new album, At War With The Mystics.

Lyrics for The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

If you could blow up the world with the flick of a switch
Would you do it?
If you could make everyobody poor just so you could be rich
Would you do it?
If you could watch everybody work while you just lay on your back
Would you do it?
If you could take all the love without fiving any back
Would you do it?
And so we cannot know ourselves or what we’d really do…

With all your power
With all your power
With all your power
What would you do?

If you could make your own money and then give it to everybody
Would you do it?
If you knew all the answers and could give it to the masses
Would you do it?
No no no no no no are you crazy?
It’s a very dangerous thing to do exactly what you want
Because you cannot know yourself or what you’d really do

With all your power
With all your power
With all your power

Wayne Coyne as power hungry lord

  • Daniel G

    That’s no bear; it’s some sort of wolfy creature-thingy!