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Editors’ Notes

The Flaming Lips specialize in exploring the unknown: in trying anything and everything and doing so in the most unusual, unexpected ways. The music here has been culled from a number of hard-to-find releases, and this album was originally issued on vinyl. With titles like "Is David Bowie Dying," "I'm Working at NASA on Acid," "Supermoon Made Me Want to Pee," and "Girl, You're So Weird," it's readily apparent that this shows the Lips at their most extreme. Collaborations with a wide range of guests—from Ke$ha and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band to Bon Iver—further ensure that Wayne Coyne's eclectic spirit roams freely. "Supermoon," featuring Prefuse 73, is a head rush, a barreling-down-the-galaxy whoosh that mellows into a sweet orchestral field that would complement David Lynch's Lost Highway as well as Trent Reznor's score. Nick Cave adds his preacher-of-doom vocal style to "You, Man? Human???," while Erykah Badu tackles the much-covered Ewan MacColl classic "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" with the band turning it into 10 minutes of hypnotic space travel. 

Customer Reviews

really good album

This album is mainly aimed towards the Flaming Lips fans, it's far from what you can hear on the radio, it's really weird, and you may not like it on first listen. It takes time, but this album will eventually grow on you, like it did for me. It is more a collection of songs than anything, but each of the songs stand out in their own way.

2012 is filled with electronic energy, Ashes in the Air features drum machine loops and gives a post-apocalyptic feel. Helping the Retarded is a beautiful 7 minutes long ballad, Supermoon is a fast and almost-instrumental piece and Children of the Moon is a sweet song with soft guitar chords and electronic elements. That Ain't My Trip may be the most rock song of the record (with lyrics that don't make any sense) while You, Man? Human??? features chaotic drums and fast-spoken lyrics by Nick Cave. I'm Working at NASA is the kind of song you will only like after multiple listens, it's grey and shadowy. Do It! is mostly intrumental, like Supermoon, but has Yoko Ono shouting "Do It!" randomly during the song. Is David Bowie Dying? is one of the darkest on the album, but will probably end up being one of your favorites in the end. The cover of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face features amazing vocals by Erykah Badu and creates a really special spacy atmoshpere, the song lasts 10 minutes but it won't even feel like 5. Weird is the perfect word to describe Girl, You're So Weird, it has strange lyrics and and two musical sections; one with only singing and childish keyboard sounds and the other is an epic electronic build-up. The last song, but not the best, Tasered and Maced, is a rather good instrumental song with Aaron Behrens talking about cops over it. I honestly prefered I Don't Want You to Die (with Chris Martin) as a closer for the album, as it was on the limited vinyl edition.

Overall, it is a really good album if you take enough time to listen to it. 2012, Ashes in the Air, Helping the Retarded, That Ain't My Trip, Is David Bowie Dying?? and The First Time Ever are, for me, the highlights of the album.

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Great album

Just want to let people know this is a really great album ,well worth the investment, not a bit disappointed,Love every song .


Formed: 1983 in Oklahoma City, OK

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Even within the eclectic world of alternative rock, few bands were so brave, so frequently brilliant, and so deliciously weird as the Flaming Lips. From their beginnings as Oklahoma weirdos to their mid-'90s pop culture breakthrough to their status as one of the most respected groups of the 2000s, the Lips rode one of the more surreal and haphazard career trajectories in pop music. An acid-bubblegum band with as much affinity for sweet melodies as blistering noise assaults, their off-kilter sound,...
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