The Perfect Life is the first single released from the upcoming Moby album, Innocents. It features vocals from Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.
Here Moby describes the video above, in his own words (taken from his YouTube posting): ‘the idea for ‘the perfect life’ video is pretty simple…wayne and i in mariachi costumes walking around l.a picking up a very random and disparate bunch of disenfranchised oddballs and leading them via trolley to a giant party on a roof overlooking l.a while the sun sets.’
Moby continues, on The Perfect Life: “Wayne Coyne and I ended up doing a duet on ‘The Perfect Life’: we sing the choruses together, and then go back and forth on the verses.
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.'”
Editor’s Note: My initial thought after watching this video was “another day in L.A.”, at least the Los Angeles I know, love, and sometimes loathe, but never seem to be able to leave for good.