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Published on December 21st, 2018 | by Alan Cross


The Flaming Lips have covered that David Bowie/Bing Crosby Christmas classic

In September 1977, a still reasonably coked-out David Bowie was invited by Bing Crosby to appear on his annual Christmas TV special. The result was one of the weirdest musical juxtapositions in the history of music.

A few weeks later, Bing would be dead, felled by a heart attack on the golf course.Bowie would retreat to Berlin with Iggy Pop, clean up and enjoy decades of success.

Few people have dared take on the Bowie/Bing duet. Now, though, there’s The Flaming Lips. It’s very, uh, Lips-y.

The Lips will have a new album entitled King’s Mouth in April, which will feature some narration (whatever that means) from Mick Jones of The Clash.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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