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Hit to Death In the Future Head

The Flaming Lips

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Album Review

With Hit to Death in the Future Head, the Flaming Lips make the leap to major-label status as though it were the moment they've been waiting for all their lives. Though not as conceptually tight as In a Priest Driven Ambulance, the album is no less cohesive or imaginative, and in its way serves as the bridge between the band's noisier, more hallucinatory indie work and the acid-bubblegum aesthetic perfected on their later Warner Bros. albums. Nowhere are the band's pop smarts more evident than on "The Sun," which freely quotes Carole King's "So Far Away," or on the undeniably catchy "Gingerale Afternoon (The Astrology of a Saturday)" and "Frogs"; tracks like "Felt Good to Burn" and "Halloween on the Barbary Coast," meanwhile, indulge fully in the trademark weirdness that got the group this far. (And speaking of indulgence, check out the unlisted bonus track, which offers some 29 minutes of speaker-hopping static assault.)

Customer Reviews

"Noise Loop"

This album is really a Noise Loop. Let me explain.... Noise: From begining to end this album is noise. Not to mean it in a bad way but every song has that hazy guitar that sounds like it is coming from an antenna tv that is barely getting a signal. And there is so many exotic instruments in the songs it sounds like they took a piece of every music genre and made this acidy mess. Loop: Play this album over and over again and it starts to sound like one song. Especially with the Noise Loop at the end. Key Tracks: Talkin' Bout the Smiling Deathporn Imortality Blues, Hit Me Like You Did The First Time, Gingerale Afternoon, Halloween On the Barbary Coast, and Frogs. Buy the ALBUM not a few of the songs.

Still my Favorite Album

You can't shake off how amazing this sound was since it still is. Halloween on the Barbary Coast soars with loud pronounced vocals giving way to swings in swirling guitar. Love the under produced sound of early flaming lips.

a moment in time

This album captures a serious peak in this band's output here.
Enjoy them at various points of their career, but to me, this is amazing rock and roll

Biography

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...
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