The Flaming Lips released a psychedelic cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” Friday, along with a colorful music video. According to a press release, the cover is now available on major streaming services and the band will perform it this Tuesday on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The members of the Oklahoma rock band are known Bowie devotees. Last month, Wayne Coyne mounted someone clad as Chewbacca for the band’s cover of “Life on Mars?” at a Carnegie Hall tribute to the late rocker; the Flaming Lips released their version of that song as a B-side in 1995. And in February, they covered eight Bowie songs at an Aspen, Colorado gig, including “Space Oddity.”
The Lips also have a history of covering artists besides Bowie. They’ve previously spearheaded full album tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and they’ll contribute a version of “Dark Star” to the Grateful Dead compilation set for release next month.
Check out the Lips’ video for “Space Oddity” below.