Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Flaming Lips at the Indian Summer Festival

I'm back after a two week holiday... and I really needed it!!
Went pike fishing in Loch Awe (Scotland) and caught absolutely nothing at all except midgey bites (Scotland's infamous insects that love human blood more than vampires.....)
Loved the scenery around Inverary and met some cool Irish travellers who can drink more than fish :-)
BUT the highlight was the Indian Summer Festival in Victoria Park. What an amazing gig. The real difference between The Indian Summer festival and other outdoor music festivals is easy to spot, and appreciate. For a start it's very small, only around 2000 people compared to say Glastonbury or T in the Park. I met some of the same folk on the Sunday that I sat with on the Saturday, which is like bumping into the same guy in New York the nexy day... just doesn't happen!
The live music, cider (Brothers Pear all the way from Glastonbury.... Yumm!!), atmosphere, and the vibe of the people there was .... awesome. Not a spot of trouble and the police were also seen enjoying the vibe with lots of smiles all round.. (again this is Glasgow remember!!??) - Good post they had that day.
The highlight of the Sunday was The Flaming Lips, a band I had previously only heard in passing and I certainly wasn't a fan.
One song in particular that really moved the crowd was the Yeah Yeah Yeah song. Frontman Wayne Coyne really knows how to put on a show, complete with surfing the crowd inside a giant balloon (u gotta watch this!) , singing santa's and elves!! - But it was the Yeah Yeah Yeah song that actually made so many people think with it's jaw dropping anti-psychopathic lyrics. Wayne really knows that George Bush and Co are about to take us all the edge of oblivion, and asks us all to use our power to stop these pathocratic psycho's before they kill us all -
If you could blow up the world With the flick of a switch
Would you do it?
If you could make everybody 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 laughs
Without giving any back
Would you do it?
And so we cannot know ourselves
Or what we'd really do...
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? (No no no no, no no no no)
If you knew all the answers
And could give to the masses
Would you do it?
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



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