News on Flaming Lips, Scissor Sisters, 'High School Reunion'
The Flaming Lips are the focus of the documentary "The Fearless Freaks," which Shout! Factory will release May 17 on DVD. Directed by longtime Lips colleague Bradley Beesley, the film draws from 15 years and 400 hours worth of on- and off-stage footage of the eccentric Oklahoma City-based Lips.
"Freaks" will premiere next month at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The DVD will be bolstered with outtakes and deleted scenes, extra live footage and a photo gallery.
As previously reported, the Lips are at work on a variety of projects, including work on their next Warner Bros. studio album, a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the 1999 album "The Soft Bulletin" and the long-in-the-works film "Christmas on Mars."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The Scissor Sisters are confirmed as the first headliner for Britain's V Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The New York-based dance/rock act will perform Aug. 20 at the main stage of the Weston Park, Chelmsford, venue, and the following day at Hylands Park, Staffordshire.
"In the coming weeks we plan to unveil a phenomenal joint headline act, who, with the Scissor Sisters, will make it one of our best lineups yet," festival director Bob Angus says.
Scissor Sisters, signed to Polydor U.K., have gathered a sizeable U.K. fanbase thanks to well-received performances on the summer festival circuit last year. Their eponymous debut album was the territory's top-seller last year, according to the Official U.K. Charts Co., and has gone six-times platinum (1.8 million units). After 53 weeks on the U.K. album chart, "Scissor Sisters" is currently No. 5.
Kristin Hersh, Lori McKenna, John Strohm (Blake Babies, Antenna) and the Caulfield Sisters are the first artists confirmed to contribute to "High School Reunion." The American Laundromat Records/Face Down Records compilation will pay tribute to the touchstone music featured in a decade of such films as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Pretty in Pink," "Say Anything," "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," among others.
Hersh covers the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation," which was on the soundtrack to the 1990 Christian Slater-starring feature "Pump Up the Volume." "We wanted someone who could take this song and make it their own," ALR founder Joe Spadaro says. "Kristin was the first and only person we considered covering it."
Strohm and the Caulfield Sisters take on "Fast Times" -related tracks in Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby" and the Go-Gos' "We Got the Beat," respectively, while McKenna covers Lloyd Dobbler's "Say Anything" love anthem, Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes."
The full roster for the 17-track set, which Spadaro tells Billboard.com is shaping up to be "most impressive," is expected in April, with the disc's release targeted for Sept. 15.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.