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Flaming Lips have explained the bizarre name of their new album, ‘YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS’.

The record, due for release on July 15 in the UK, is the follow-up to their NME Album Of The Year ‘The Soft Bulletin’.

Singer Wayne Coyne explained that the album track from which the title is lifted, ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 2’, features vocals from the Boredoms member, Yoshimi.

“I had this recording of her doing some screaming, and I thought, ‘You know, it really sounds like she’s in some kind of fight or something,'” Coyne told Rolling Stone. “So I just thought, ‘OK, I’ll call it ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’.

“You know how on The Rolling Stones‘ ‘Gimme Shelter’ they have that woman screaming? And on ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, they have that gospel-esque singing? When I hear that music, I think of a robust black woman singing with these English guys sitting around. And when we were recording Yoshimi doing this screaming, it was apparent to us that she was a small, crazy Japanese gal, but we didn’t know if the audience would hear it that way. Sometimes you just hear a voice and associate an image with that and move on. But we didn’t want someone to think this was a black woman or a white woman. We wanted it to sound very specific: a crazy Japanese woman. We just thought that was a funnier image. So we thought it would be smart if we said it was Yoshimi, and then you’d think, ‘Oh, she’s a Japanese girl.'”