In appreciation - The Flaming Lips (part 1 of 4)

Part 2 next week. The song selections are in no way representative of their sound, instead randomly picked tracks that I enjoyed the most when listening to their full body of work. So let's get to the music!

Album: Oh My Gawd!!! (1987)

Love Yer Brain - The Flaming Lips

Album: In a Priest Driven Ambulance (1990)

There You Are: Jesus Song No. 7 - The Flaming Lips

Album: Hit To Death In The Future Head (1992)

You Have To Be Joking Autopsy - The Flaming Lips

Album: Transmissions from the Satellite Heart (1993)

Chewin the Apple of Your Eye

Plastic Jesus - The Flaming Lips

Album: Clouds Taste Metallic (1995)

Evil Will Prevail - The Flaming Lips

Bad Days - The Flaming Lips

Do you own any Flaming Lips albums? Have you seen them live? Which is your favorite record by the group? Am I asking too many questions? :D


  1. What a coincidence! I was listening to them this morning - to (part of) their amazing 6 hour song which a friend just gave to me as a present. I've only heard some of their work before so will enjoy checking out your selections. Thanks!

    1. @Alex Ramon: A coincidence indeed. I have gone through all the studio albums, I don’t believe I have listened to that 6 hour song. I admire how experimental the band are, just not sure I would have the patience for that track!

      The Flaming Lips are quite the innovators, for instance the LP "Zaireeka" (1997) The album was designed so that when played simultaneously on four separate audio systems, the four CDs would produce a harmonic or juxtaposed sound ( :

  2. I've just put the flaming lips on my soundtrack post this month (: chris, when I tried to play the player it said 'the player is too small'. I also have the same warning when I want to format the video like this in my post.

    1. @Andina: I remember Flaming Lips track you shared, thanks, and going in my appreciation part 4 ( :

      Hmm, the video issue, all I can say is I could play the music on your site fine, and also on my own blog no problem.
      Try reading this:

  3. The Flaming Lips are to me one of the great bands out there. In fact, there's a great documentary about the band that is worth watching. I forgot what it's called but it goes up to their 2006 album whose name I also forgot.

    My favorite album is The Soft Bulletin w/ Yoshimi a close second.

    1. @thevoid99: I’ve got to agree with you that The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi are my two favorites by the group too, I think the band peaked 1999-2002, in fact part 2 and part 3 of this series are dedicated solely to those two brilliant LPs.

      The documentary I am aware of, I think you are referring to The Fearless Freaks (2005).

  4. Nice! I dig the hell out of the Flaming Lips, though I don't think they really hit their stride until The Soft Bulletin. I do really enjoy most of Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, though. Looking forward to the next installment!

    1. @Eric: Many of the early recordings are noisy and raw and not for everyone(I only like certain tracks). In The Fearless Freaks documentary, I recently watched, lead singer Wayne Coyne even admits, maybe ironically, that the early stuff is:
      "amateur but loud, I think that marks what The Flaming Lips are all about, good equipment but no talent"

      I agree they really hit their stride The Soft Bulletin, which had a better production, a contemporary classic!


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