The Flaming Lips recently performed at Carnegie Hall for The Music of David Bowie, a two-night tribute that had tons of talent (Debbie Harry, Michael Stipe, the Mountain Goats, etc.) working their way through David Bowie's expansive catalog and paying their respects through their renditions of his music.
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne opted to take the spacey theme of "Life on Mars?" a bit further by singing the song while sitting on the shoulders of a dude dressed like Chewbacca, so it's no shocker that their latest homage to the music of Bowie is completely and totally psyched out.
For their take on "Space Oddity," the Flaming Lips set up shop in an empty church, where they performed the tragic epic before a congregation of bobbing ... balloons. Two nuns console each other throughout the clip after popping some pills, the Lips' performance serving as their comforting trip. Lasers wash the band members and all interested parties in beams of bright light. It's exactly what you'd expect from the Flaming Lips, which is to say it's surprising and a solid listen all at once.
Watch "Space Oddity" above, and watch them perform "Life on Mars?" here.