“I have no idea what the fuck is going on,” is the first and only thought you will have while watching Miley Cyrus in this Flaming Lips music video. You will then try to understand WTF is going on for the first 10 seconds, skip to somewhere in the middle, bash your head onto the keyboard, type something like “lkgjghdjghdi,” delete it, then X out of the video because, well, at least you tried.
The video is about—shocker—drugs! It’s always amazing to me when people treat drugs like a) doing them is a personality trait b) doing them is shocking and c) doing them is anything new. Believing that experimenting with drugs use makes you edgy or artistic is probably the most basic thing you can do in 2014. Recreational drug use is so commonplace it’s actually legal in some countries and in some states. This video is about LSD and LSD is literally the drug our parents did in the 1960s. That makes it 50 years old and 50 years cliché. “OMG, a bad acid trip!” What a unique idea that has never been explored in art or popular culture, I am sure you have something new to add to it.
The Flaming Lips frontman, Wayne Coyne, said of the video, “This is the video we originally intended to be for a song that has a reference to the drug LSD.” He explains, “Moby is an evil, power-hungry cult leader. He wants the world’s most valuable (according to our story) psychedelic supernatural possession… John F. Kennedy’s brain….the brain contains the original formula for the drug LSD!! Miley Cyrus has the magic brain!!! And Moby enlists a nympho Manson girl-type blonde superfreak to go steel the brain from Cyrus.”
Just because a general idea has been done once doesn’t mean no one should ever do it again. Nevertheless, recreating drug trips, much like recreating dreams, is really just an excuse for people to cram a bunch of random, gratuitous images together veiled under the premise that,”You’ll only get this if you’ve ever done drugs.” Reproducing the experience of being high gives the artist carte blanche to create a collage of “weird stuff” which suspiciously seems to be the same weird stuff we’ve been seeing for decades. It’s not edgy, it’s boooooooring.
There are much better articulations about doing drugs from our forefathers/mothers.