The Perfect Life
by Moby

Album: Innocents (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This song features the voice of Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. Moby told The Guardian: "To me it sounded like a Flaming Lips song. So I thought, why not see if Wayne [Coyne] will sing on it?"
  • The song's music visual features S&M gimp gymnasts and obese bearded bikers in red Speedos. Moby explained to The Guardian: "My idea for the video was to be absurd nonsense, so we thought, why not gather up a whole bunch of random absurd people and see what happens? We put on authentic mariachi costumes and spent the day downtown [in LA]."
  • Wayne Coyne and Moby sing the choruses together, and then go back and forth on the verses. Moby told Rolling Stone: "Wayne and I first met in 1995, when the Flaming Lips and I were both opening up for a Red Hot Chili Peppers' European tour. We became friends, shared a dressing room and the same bad craft services, and watched the Chili Peppers from the side of the stage. I thought of Wayne for this song because the Flaming Lips have evolved in this very open, celebratory band when they play live, and that was the perfect vibe for what I was imagining for 'The Perfect Life.' I texted Wayne and said, 'Hey, I have a song – want to sing on it?' Thirty seconds later, he texted me back: 'Yes, send it to me, it will be great.'"

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