Wayne Coyne says he wasn’t surprised to see Erykah Badu’s resentment towards his group, The Flaming Lips, for their controversial video featuring the nude soul singer because he was warned that she was an “unpredictable freak.”
Not every Heady Fwends partnership has gone so smoothly, however. After releasing a racy video for the Lips’ collaboration with Erykah Badu on a cover of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – a risqué clip in which the neo-soul singer and her sister both appeared in the nude – Badu issued a statement on Twitter that suggested the Lips singer never obtained her approval for the video.
“Believe me, I was warned and knew that she was an unpredictable freak,” says Coyne, who was on a plane when the online melee occurred and suspects that Badu’s remarks were spurred by her fans’ reaction to the clip. “A lot of the Erykah Badu audience does not know or give a shit or will ever care about the Flaming Lips. That’s the side of it that she fights for,” he explains. “I didn’t take it serious. I took it as, she’s being controversial. A lot of the things that were said I thought were just fun, and it was fun to play along with. That’s the beauty of Twitter.”
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