WATCH: Nell & The Flaming Lips Unleash Stunning Nick Cave Cover On ‘Colbert’

7 January 2022 | 1:13 pm | Staff Writer

The band was joined by 14-year old Nell Smith for the performance

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Earlier this week, Nell & The Flaming Lips appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, performing their cover of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Red Right Hand

The band was joined by 14-year-old guest Nell Smith for the performance, an artist with whom they released collaborative nine-track Nick Cave cover album Where The Viaduct Looms last year.

The performance sees The Flaming Lips deliver their trademark psychedelic runs alongside Smith's infectious, soaring vocal delivery. 

Lead singer of The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne discovered Smith at a Lups show when she was just 12 and she convinced the rock legend to mentor her in all things music.

On leaping from fan to collaborator, Smith shared in a previous statement, "I still can’t really believe it."

"I hadn’t heard of Nick Cave but Wayne suggested that we should start with an album of his cover versions, and then look at recording some of my own songs later," she said.

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"It was cool to listen and learn about Nick Cave and pick the songs we wanted to record.”