VIDEO: The Flaming Lips ft. Erykah Badu – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (NSFW)

erykah badu flaming lips first time ever i saw your face VIDEO: The Flaming Lips ft. Erykah Badu   The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (NSFW)

Ever up for the challenge of surprising fans, iconoclasts The Flaming Lips and Erykah Badu come together to make a video for their sparse, warmly haunting cover of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” from their upcoming album The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (originally released on Record Store Day, but getting the full digital and physical treatment on June 26).

If you thought Badu’s video for “Window Seat” was daring, get ready for a whole lot of close ups of a naked Badu rubbing glitter, blood, and what is either glue or a the results of collective internet wet dream all over her body as Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne twirls a silver scarf.

Elvis covered this song once upon a time. I imagine he’d be pretty down with this video. Check it out below.

UPDATE from Kellen in the comments section: “Its Erykah and her sister (the one completely naked in blood is her sister)”

UPDATE PT. 2: The video has been password protected on Vimeo, but you can still watch it at Perez Hilton (hat tip to Alex in the comments section). The video is now on YouTube. Check out the updated embed below.

(Pitchfork)