By The Flaming Lips
Wayne Coyne: the best front man ever? Possibly: with his charisma and knack for writing wacky songs that still send a powerful enough message, one wouldn't think that the man was forty years of age before achieving worldwide success with his flamboyant outfit The Flaming Lips. After the fantastic success that was the million-selling 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' LP, critics alike eagerly anticipated how or if the collective would better that effort and judging on this two-track single, they have gone further than ever before.
'The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song' is, quite possibly the best politically-powered track I have ever heard: obviously saddened at the affairs of world leaders and influential politicians, but simultaneously pointing the stern finger at the misers who sit and complain with wasted words and no actions to right political wrongs.
So the politicians can never please the masses with all their over-ambitions and broken promises but 'With all your power/ What would you do?' asks wise Wayne and do you have an answer there ready? No, I thought not and as Coyne himself wrote on the band's website the song really makes the statement that 'Power in the hands of the inexperienced (which is what we would be) is a very dangerous thing'.
The b-side 'The Gold in the Mountain of Our Madness' is an altogether different erm, kettle of fish with its slow tempo and lesser instrumentation; almost to the extent that the Lips might have been as well to go acoustic... although then there wouldn't be THE Coyne effect.
The narration of a journey up the mountain of life by some youngsters who 'dreamed of the gold they'd find' like we all so surely do when we are starting out in life. We have so many dreams as na´ve young people and then one thing leads to another and for some the gold materialises; but for the rest as written about in this song, the gold remains an elusive prospect.
I'll leave the last word on this release to Mr. Coyne himself, as sung in the b-side, 'We can treasure what we find/ And make it golden in our minds'.