The Flaming Lips have a Beatles obsession. On last month’s With A Little Help From My Fwends, the experimental psych-rockers teamed with Miley Cyrus, Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, and many more to cover every song off 1967’s classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now they’ve partnered with Yoko Ono to cover John Lennon solo cut “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” for All Is Bright, a 40-track Amazon Prime holiday compilation.
As listeners learned with Fwends, Coyne sounds good singing Lennon’s melodies and the Lips have a knack for updating Beatles arrangements without trampling them. Many of the Fwends versions worked surprisingly well—but any cover, especially one of a well-loved Christmas song and peace anthem, takes a while to sink in.
This track comes on the heels of the original song Liz Phair released yesterday for the compilation. All Is Bright is out Friday via Amazon.