For nearly 30! Theirs has been a strange ride -- they've been '' guest stars and mascots for their hometown of Oklahoma City, among other things -- and along the way, they've released some classic albums. This year, they took another bold sonic step forward with 'The Terror,' a collection that sounds better live than it does on the stereo. The band has tons of great songs, and compiling their greatest, we could have stuck with tracks from 'The Soft Bulletin' and not gone wrong. But with this list of the 10 Best Flaming Lips Songs, we gave them the big-picture look they deserve. The 'Dark Night of the Soul' album is haunted by the suicides of principal Mark Linkous and contributor Vic Chestnutt, and Lips leader Wayne Coyne sings about himself as if he's another person, even mentioning gunplay and a wound to the heart. An under-appreciated Flaming Lips song, 'Revenge' celebrates the collaborative spirit of the band, which has taken off in recent years. Anyone that bought 'Transmissions from the Satellite Heart' because of 'She Don't Use Jelly' was in for a unique experience -- one that probably didn't please casual alt-rock fans.
'Pilot Can at the Queer of God'
Photo: Ian T. The three most prominent members are vocalist and guitar player Wayne Coyne, bassist Michael Ivins and Steven Drozd who began as the bands drummer but ended up becoming a multi instrumentalist and co-songwriter with Coyne. They have released multiple albums since Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. They continue to tour and record to this day, collaborating with artists as diverse as Yoshimi, Jack White , Miley Cyrus and Beck. It starts quietly like a typical punk song before the punk beat picks up. The lyrics seem to describe someone having an intense drug induced trip. Electronic beats and live drum kits were both used to create the rhythm.
The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless , in the s and early s. After they hired Dave Kotska as the drummer, Richard English joined the band in After his brother's departure, Wayne assumed the vocal duties and the band released their first full-length album, Hear It Is , on Pink Dust Records the psychedelic-rock imprint of Enigma Records in
But it took some time before the music lived up to the creation myth. The Sun, in particular, is a splendid little thing, with its wicked, misshapen strings bending this way and that as guitars bloom and burst. When he left, he took the idea of a traditional, guitar-driven sound with him, leaving the rest of the band to find a new purpose. Their solution was Zaireeka. Look past the outlandish concept and you can find the first roots of the new Flaming Lips beginning to take shape, largely thanks to drummer Steven Drozd slowly shifting into the role of multi-instrumentalist. Race for the Prize, a touching tale of two scientists prepared to sacrifice themselves and find a cure that will save the world, is a belter: just listen, now, to the giant crack of those distorted drums, that giddy piano riff, the rush of those shrieking synthesised strings that fizz in your synapses like sherbert being poured on your brain. And then Coyne, somehow, touches looks past the HG Wells-like set-up to hit just the right nerve and bring you back down to Earth. The Soft Bulletin has so many special moments it could easily half-fill a 10 of the Best on its own. Their next project would be even bigger. If The Soft Bulletin had ended their status as beloved indie fuck-ups by turning them into a mainstream band, then Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots helped establish them as a legitimate big deal.