Songs You May Have Missed #169


Flaming Lips: “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part 1” (2002)

Like the Magnetic Fields’ “Andrew in Drag” (Songs You May Have Missed #162) Flaming Lips’ “Yoshimi” follows a cardinal rule of pseudo-novelty songwriting: if it’s catchy enough, even the people who ought to think it’s too weird will find themselves liking it. “Yoshimi” actually made it into the video game Rock Band 3 and has been reworked for the TV show Friends (“Phoebe Battles the Pink Robots”)–pretty mainstream for a song so bizarre.

If you removed the lyric about a city employee charged with the task of defending citizens from…well, pink robots–and substituted more typical love song sentiments, the melody could have carried it to pop hit territory. But I like it better as a cult classic.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. john
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 00:00:24

    A stupendously great song. Thanks, Ed, for bringing this one to us.

    I’m hoping it gets played at my daughter’s wedding.


  2. Anonymous
    Nov 17, 2015 @ 19:37:55

    Love it. It’s a favorite at our house


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