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This hefty reissue captures the Oklahoma eccentrics at a turning point, their DIY roots resonating through screeching guitars as a festival-headlining future lurks in sharp pop moves. On 1995's Clouds Taste Metallic, Wayne Coyne's childish quiver hopscotches around woozy guitar effects, while "Bad Days" perfectly encapsulates the album's surreal mix of dreamy doom. Rounding out the set is a 1994 EP, a 1996 live recording, plus rare warped covers of Lennon, Bolan, and Bowie. Taken together, it’s a mix of messy and terrifying, ethereal and enchanting—the best stuff on earth, and beyond.

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The Ultimate Trainwreck

How did this happen? At the point where they released Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Flaming Lips were the best band on the planet — inventive, creative, geniuses. Now they release about three gawdawful, unlistenable records a year, they tour with Miley Cyrus and they KEEP PUTTING THE SAME OLD LPs OUT UNDER DIFFERENT NAMES. They’re boring, they’re lazy, and nobody should be putting a nickel in their pockets. A sad, sorry end to a once grand band.

At least I didn't already have the live stuff

First, to the reviewer who critized the Lip's albums since Yoshimi... I do understand what you are saying, though I disagree. The Lips have ALWAYS been about pushing the boundaries and doing something new, not standing still. I'm sure they could have kept putting out the same sound album after album like so many long-living bands do (<cough cough> U2, REM, etc.) but they choose to evolve. Some of it has been fantastic (Embryonic, Peace Sword, 7 Skies H3), others less thrilling to me (With a Little Help isn't my favorite). The one thing you can count on is that their next album will not hold the status quo.

That said, I don't REALLY see the purpose of reissuing Clouds along with the mid-90's minor releases without remastering or doing something NEW. I think that just about anyone who would buy this probably already has all that. The live recordings from '96 I did NOT have. They aren't the highest quality recordings, but it is interesting to hear the band live at that time. Thanks, Apple, for making those available for individual download!

Stop ragging on the lips

This is a awesome album if only for the purpose of nostalgia. Five stars. Check out the live tracks. Very cool.


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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