07 August 2009


As good as The Flaming Lips are on record, it's nothing compared to the live experience. An absolutely manic, fake blood spattered, flag waving, giant hamster ball crowd surfing, confetti soaked acid trip of an evening will be had by all.

I bring this up because they have a new album scheduled for next month, so I'm hoping for a big tour to follow.

Do you even need any background on The Flaming Lips? Are there any music fans out there that don't know who they are? I'm guessing if you've found your way to this blog, then you're not stuck on top forty acts. If that's the case, you must have heard some of their stuff by now.

Here's a bunch of stuff from their singles, EPs, etc:

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The Flaming Lips - "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" (Chicken Fried Hoedown Protest Rally Version) A more mellow take of one of their best known songs. I found this somewhere on the internet, and I'm not sure where it's originally from.
The Flaming Lips - "Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)" From the Fight Test EP. (buy) Not only are their songs fantastic, but someone should give them an award for the titles.
The Flaming Lips - "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen cover) They're the only band that I could possibly hear doing a version of this classic tune, and not embarrassing themselves. From the tribute album Killer Queen. (buy)
The Flaming Lips - "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt 1" (KEXP session) An in-studio performance of the title track from their 2002 album.
The Flaming Lips - "Knives Out" (Radiohead cover, KCRW session)
The Flaming Lips - "Noodling Theme" (Epic Sunset Mix #5) This is from a soundtrack The Flaming Lips did for a fishing documentary called Okie Noodling. Apparently, the 3-song soundtrack was only distributed at screenings of the show.
The Flaming Lips - "Satellite of You" B-side of the "Waitin' For a Superman" single.

Get some Flaming Lips:

Hear It Is, 1986
Oh My Gawd!!!, 1987
Telepathic Surgery, 1989
In a Priest Driven Ambulance, 1990
Hit to Death in the Future Head, 1992 (buy)
Transmissions From the Satellite Heart, 1993 (buy)
Clouds Taste Metallic, 1995 (buy)
Zaireeka, 1997 (buy) (box set made to be played on up to 4 CD players simultaneously)
The Soft Bulletin, 1999 (buy)
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, 2002 (buy) (buy deluxe)
At War with the Mystics, 2006 (buy) (buy deluxe)
Embryonic, 2009 (pre-release EP)

In a week and a half, The Flaming Lips will be found performing "Kundalini Express" on the Love & Rockets tribute album New Tales To Tell. (buy)

If anyone out there has a copy of their performance on Austin City Limits a few years back, I'd love to get my hands on it. I caught the last half of it when it aired, and have been searching in vain ever since to find someone who taped it.

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