This week is “Beatles Week” on The Late Show With David Letterman, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s Ed Sullivan Show debut. Various acts have paid tribute to the band through cover versions (including Broken Bells, with their take on “And I Love Her”), but last night’s performance honored The Beatles’ psychedelic era, as mutual oddballs The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon teamed up for “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”
The glorious results are available below. Lips frontman Wayne Coyne is decked out in some kind of streamer-fur-coat, waving his arms on top of a platform; he and Lennon trade off vocal lines (with Coyne, as usual, hitting about 65% of the appropriate pitches), while the band conjures up a majestic version of the chorus, filled with epic mellotron and drum blasts. (Also, huge kudos on the “kaleidoscope eyes.”)
What do you think?