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Album Review

The addition of guitarist Ronald Jones and drummer Steven Drozd recharges the Flaming Lips' batteries for the superb Transmissions From the Satellite Heart, another prismatic delicacy that continues the group's drift toward pop nirvana. In typical fashion, the record's left-field hit, the freak-show singalong "She Don't Use Jelly," bears little resemblance to the album as a whole; the remainder of Transmissions is much more sonically and structurally ambitious — the towering "Moth in the Incubator" keeps generating new layers of noise before erupting into an amphetamine waltz, "Pilot Can at the Queer of God" dive-bombs with kamikaze recklessness, and the slow-burning "Oh My Pregnant Head" is as mind-expanding as its title.

Customer Reviews

transmissions from the satellite...

WOW! how can there possibly be no reviews for this album yet? so, this is probably my favorite Lips album. I liked At war with the mystics and most of yoshimi and clouds taste metallic was decent, but a lot of times, the flaming lips just aren't my cup of tea. Sometimes it's just too wussy-sounding or dramatic or something else that irks me too much to finish listening. but not this, I really love this one. The instrumentation behind the lyrics is spectacular. the lyrics themselves are great. the overall weirdness and wonder and old school Lips humour style is really a treat to hear. Although it was their SIXTH release, this thing will be 20 years old before you know it, and I believe it holds up as a grandiose example of pre-big Flaming Lips. get it and enjoy it.

just plain amazing

if you don't like this album, you clearly have issues and need to visit a psychiatrist immediately. but, if you function normally and enjoy pure genuis when it comes along, this is for you

As the liner notes say...

Turn it up! Turn this record up, maximum volume - it sounds amazing! Why? Because it's well produced, well mastered, and the songs are amazing. This is truly a fantastic album that never gets old. I saw the Flips live 4 times during this tour, and each time they blew my mind. I still listen to this album a few times a year, and it is still as good as it ever was. I will forever miss Ronald -he added a quality to the Flips music that has been sorely missing since his departure. So yeah - Turn it up! This is an amazing album.


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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