Tuesday, September 22, 2015

clouds taste metallic

The Flaming Lips prevailed with the psychedelic psychiatric explorations of this punctured pop placebo.   Following the success of 'Transmissions from the Satellite Heart' and their underground smash "She Don't Use Jelly", the band spent a year touring and making numerous television appearances.  For their next album the band reunited with producer Dave Fridmann in Oklahoma City.  The sessions featured  Wayne Coyne on vocals and guitar;   Steven Drozd on drums, piano, keyboards, guitar, vocals, and glockenspiel;  Michael Ivins on bass and vocals;  and  Ronald Jones on guitar and vocals.   

Coyne confesses:   "There's not really a certain direction to say we're heading from this to that. It's just a splattering of songs mixed up with crappy noises. We try to make each song, each record, its own thing. We've managed to avoid the flavor of the month so far...We don't have many boundaries. My songs are so simple--one verse, one chord. They don't get much simpler than that. It's fun turning that into something. We record noises, bugs, all sorts of things to keep it interesting over the years. We've always felt every record we've ever made would be our last one, and we kinda always expect to get a call telling us it's over. So far, no one has caught on ... It's fruity.  That's the word we use.  Some of it's damn fruity.  Weird kinda implies it's eerie or something; this is just plain fruity...Going into the studio for this new record, we really wondered, 'Are we just those chumps who do the jelly song?'  We know we can always do the Flaming Lips thing, we can go and play to a thousand people, we can always do that.  Really, that's fine by us.  A lot of bands can't do that.  So we really feel like we've got nothing to lose ... We literally make it up as we go.  There really isn't any preconceived idea of what kind of record we're going to do.  We just sort of go in and hopefully play things that excite us at the moment, and then by the time we're done with it, hope that it still excites us that we've made another record.  We don't have any preconceived idea of where the Flaming Lips are gonna go.  That must be where the audience comes in.  I hope that maybe they have an idea, and maybe they can tell us."

'Clouds Taste Metallic' charted at number sixteen on the US heatseekers album chart.   It was their last album recorded with Ronald Jones.  


"Bad Days"

"Christmas at the Zoo"

"This Here Giraffe"

'Clouds Taste Metallic' 
full album:


0:00 - The Abandoned Hospital Ship
3:40 - Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles
7:10 - Placebo Headwound
10:47 - This Here Giraffe
14:33 - Brainville
17:46 - Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World
22:17 - When You Smile
25:30 - Kim's Watermelon Gun
28:52 - They Punctured My Yolk
33:13 - Lightning Strikes the Postman
36:05 - Christmas at the Zoo
39:16 - Evil Will Prevail
43:00 - Bad Days [Aurally Excited Version]

The Fearless Freaks

The Fearless Freaks feat The Flaming Lips from JoLynn Garnes on Vimeo.


live February 24, 2015

8:13 The Abandoned Hospital Ship
15:37 Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles
27:19 Placebo Headwound
35:55 This Here Giraffe
41:52 Brainville
53:25 Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World
1:00:40 When You Smile
1:06:27 Kim's Watermelon Gun
1:12:26 They Punctured My Yolk
1:22:58 Lightning Strikes the Postman
1:30:25 Christmas at the Zoo
1:39:40 Evil Will Prevail
1:52:17 Bad Days
2:01:05 What is the Light?
2:05:25 The Observer
2:13:16 Vein of Stars

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