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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

What happened to them?

I don't even have to listen to anything beyond the previews to know this is hipster garbage. I get that the Flaming Lips have always been a hippie band, but this is just noise trying to pass off as eccentric genius. Same went for Embryonic....I really tried to get into that record but it just hurt my ears and bored me, much like I'm guessing this album would. What happened to this band? What is wrong with releasing a good pop record with good production that is easy on the ears? They did it successfully with Yoshimi and At War with the Mystics....but I guess they felt it wasn't "out there" enough. I thoroughly enjoyed those albums so its a shame that they have resorted to stuff like this to keep the more pretentious side of their fanbase satisfied. Honestly I don't get how you could enjoy this unless you were pretending to like it simply because its the Flaming Lips, or to impress some hipster girl. OR I suppose this is intended for listeners that regularly take LSD and other hallucinogens, but even then I can't imagine this being a very fun listen.

Amazing album

I camped out for 12 hours on RSD to get this album. It was worth it. I recommend the album to and Flaming Lips fan.

RSD was worth it!

This album was on my top priority list for RSD. I wound up finding it online for $60 and the minute I got it I was totally weirded out. It's a strange journey of a record and well...amazing at the same time. Most collab records aren't cohesive but this one truly is. It feels like a lips record and sounds beautifully crafted. It's hard to pick favorites on here bc they are all really good tunes from a whole different planet. Please pick this up and support this phenomenal and innovative band! You won't regret it!


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 21st century, 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...
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