The Flaming Lips’ cover version of The Who’s classic 1971 single “Baba O’Reilly” is to appear on a compilation of live jam sessions, called “In The Attic”.
Masterminded by Townshend, and run by his partner Rachel Fuller, “In The Attic” is a weekly webcast held in Pete Townshend’s studios, where musicians get to perform stripped down and unplugged.
Pete Townshend regularly joins in the ‘jams’ and the album features several tracks that The Who guitarist plays on, including the Lips’ version of “Baba O’Reilly”.
Speaking about what it is like to play such an informal gig with a true music legend like Townshend, The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne said: “First off you are nervous about meeting and ‘jamming’ with them – and then you get the intense and wonderful Mr Townshend, who is full of his famous energy and ready to accommodate any musical endeavour that spontaneously erupts.”
As well as the Lips, several other contemporary musicians appear on the “In The Attic” jams including The Kooks, Editors, Razorlight and The Raconteurs.
Townshend also contributes a couple of solo tracks to the album – “Acid Queen” and “A Quick One While He’s Away”.