PHOTOS: The Flaming Lips At Riverbend

Monday, June 19, 2017 - by Mark A. Herndon

The Flaming Lips is an American rock band, formed in Norman, Oklahoma in 1983.

Melodically, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles", "Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)" and "Yeah, I Know It's a Drag.
.. But Wastin' Pigs Is Still Radical". They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die".

The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they scored a hit in 1993 with "She Don't Use Jelly". Although it has been their only hit single in the U.S., the band has maintained critical respect and, to a lesser extent, commercial viability through albums such as 1999's 'The Soft Bulletin' (which was NME magazine's Album of the Year) and 2002's 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots'. They have had more hit singles in the UK and Europe than in the U.S. In February 2007, they were nominated for a 2007 BRIT Award in the "Best International Act" category. By 2007, the group garnered three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

In 2008, the band's long-awaited, seven-years-in-the-making film Christmas on Mars made its debut at the Sasquatch Festival in George, Washington; that fall, the movie and its soundtrack were released as a CD/DVD set. During 2007 and 2008, the Lips began working on the follow-up to At War with the Mystics, taking a looser, more experimental approach than they had in years. The results were released as Embryonic in fall 2009, followed by the band's quirky remake of the Pink Floyd classic 'Dark Side of the Moon'. 

The band then shied away from full-length releases for the next couple years, opting instead to work with a number of collaborators on various limited-edition EPs. Working with artists like Neon Indian, Prefuse 73, and Lightning Bolt, the Lips released tracks over the next couple of years in various nontraditional formats including USB keys embedded in gummy skulls, limited-edition vinyl, and candy fetuses. Their series of team-ups came to a head in 2012 when the band released 'The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends', which collected songs from their previous collaborations as well as new material recorded with artists like Ke$ha, Bon Iver, and Erykah Badu. For 2013's bleak 'The Terror', the Lips reteamed with Dave Fridmann, recording in a matter of days and using their collection of vintage synths as the album's musical focus. 

The Lips collaborated with Cyrus on a full-length album, 'Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz', which was released for free online in August of 2015. Following the album's digital release, the artists toured together. In November of 2015, the Lips released 'Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic: 1994-1997', a three-CD or five-LP compilation including the 'Clouds Taste Metallic' album, the 1994 odds-and-ends EP 'Providing Needles for Your Balloons', a further rarities collection titled 'The King Bug Laughs', and a previously unreleased concert recorded in Seattle in 1996.
(Source Flaming Lips - Facebook page / www.flaminglips.com )
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Chattanooga Live Music, Mark A. Herndon, certified professional geologist and professional photographer grew up in Chattanooga area, graduated from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  Supports/Promotes connecting people with Creative Arts, Music and Dance to the Chattanooga Live Music Scene by supporting local/regional creative artists, singers, songwriters, musicians, dancers, & bands. Media affiliation is with www.chattanoogan.com. Check out more at www.facebook.com/chattanoogalivemusic. Email at MAHerndon@ChattanoogaLiveMusic.com



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