The Flaming Lips didn’t know anything about “Ender’s Game” before they agreed to write the theme song

After watching a few clips of the movie, however, the band wrote five songs loosely based on the film VIDEO

Topics: Video, Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card, sci-fi, Movies, Homophobia, the flaming lips, Music, movie soundtracks,

The Flaming Lips didn't know anything about "Ender's Game" before they agreed to write the theme song

Upon the release of “Peace Sword,” the Flaming Lips album inspired by Orson Scott Card’s novel “Ender’s Game,” the band members revealed on Tuesday that they had never heard of the work of fiction until they were approached to write the upcoming film adaptation’s theme song.

Speaking to the Altantic Wire, Steven Drozd admitted that he was surprised by the request to write music for the sci-fi book:

“I don’t know how we were picked,” admitted Lips multi-instrumentalist tinkerer Steven Drozd in a recent interview with The Atlantic Wire, given that the proggy despair of their latest LP seems ill-fitted to a beloved teen novel. “I think we were maybe one of a few bands that they contacted or reached out to and said, ‘Hey, we’d like you to try a song for our end credits and see what happens.’ I was like, ‘I don’t even know what this is,’ you know? I remember, like, Dune, I remember being way into that.”

The Lips received little direction: “They sent us the very last scene in the movie—and the ending credits so we could at least musically try to connect the end of their movie with the piece of music we were working on,” Drozd recalled. “And then some lyrical ideas. And really that was it.”

After seeing a few clips of the movie, however, singer Wayne Coyne expanded the project to a full five-track EP including the “Ender’s Game” theme song, “Peace Sword (Open Your Heart).”



While Drozd and Coyne love the book and film, however, they do not approve of Card’s anti-gay marriage stance, and have engraved “Hey Orson Scott Card You Are Wrong” and “Gay People Are Cool” on the vinyl release.

Listen to “Peace Sword (Open Your Heart)” via the Daily Beast:

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    "Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...