I likes this band, I don’t know why, why they should strike a resonance with me, maybe its because the lead singer Wayne Coyne is completely barmy, lives in a house where his yard is decorated with all of the crazy props that they use on stage, prefers to walk across the heads of his audiences at festivals inside a large inflatable balloon, and maybe because when he sings about a young girl called Yoshimi who is dying from a terrible illness and yet can summon up the energy to use karate to single-handedly fight an invasion of large pink robots – it all just makes perfect sense, its like taking LSD without taking LSD when you listen to their music.
But really I know why I love this song.
August 2002, the days when we had lots of money, the days when I thought nothing of spending several thousand pounds to hire a villa in Menorca, the island that we grew to love (as long as you had several thousand pounds), we hired a car and drove the island and like all hire cars in a foreign country the choice of radio station was both limited and crap but I’d bought a copy of Uncut magazine at the airport and stuck to it was one of those free sample CDs and on that free sample CD was the track “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots”.
So we drove the island on those hot August days in 2002 and we played “Yoshimi” over and over again for the rest of the tracks on that free sample CD were rubbish and the 14 and 10 year old daughters in the back of the car sang along and did a little karate dance to the first chorus and all was well in the world as it normally is when you have money in excess and don’t realise it at the time.
And just to prove that those free sample CD’s actually work, just in case there are any music producers out there who think that the free sample CD’s are the equivalent of giving your music away for nothing – we bought the Flaming Lips CD “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots” when we got back – so there.