Review Revue: The Flaming Lips’ debut (on green vinyl)


OK, last week’s Review Revue went on a bit long, I must admit (there were so many comments from the original DJs that none of you dear readers commented – perhaps you never made it to the end?). But oh, people, THE HISTORY! Anyway, we have another landmark release to celebrate today, and this is another of those “I wish I could have been there” moments — but we’ll keep it short. Suffice it to say that I really wish I’d been paying attention (and not, you know, eight) when The Flaming Lips first unleashed their unapologetic weirdness upon the world — and on self-released, green vinyl, no less! This is truly a treasure, as the KCMU heads seemed to appreciate.

“OH MY GOD — this is ONE BAD ACID TRIP from OKLAHOMA!!! Way psychedelic man, but not real 60s derivative (except maybe 2, 4). These boys must have real difficulty doing simple ordinary kinds of things like looking out of windows. Oh yeah, this is great. P.S. “Scratching the Door” has 3 false endings.”

“The Coyne Bros. are cute, too!” [This was the only Lips release to feature Wayne Coyne’s brother Mark as lead vocalist.]

“Multi layered, phasey, dark, fun. Too much!”

“This is great! (despite the overalls)”

“Worth the colored vinyl extra effort!!”

“The vinyl is the same color as lime life savers.”

“If you squat down so your eye is just an inch above the record, from about a foot off to the side, you can see the separations with no problem. So what’s the big deal? Huh? Wimps!”

“The original version (on Lovely Sorts of Death records, no less — their own label). the reissue looks way cool, too, but this is the coolest. A godhead rock-psyche music machine!”


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  1. John
    Posted March 27, 2008 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    There wasn’t a better show to be found in and around Norman, OK in 1984-85 than the Lips… from long sections of The Who’s ‘Tommy’ to covers of Sonic Youth, Led Zeppelin and a whole other host of bands, Wayne and the boys put their own touch of Sonic Weirdness together.

    The handmade show flyers, most with art by Wayne, were also classics…

    At the end of the day, who at some point hasn’t ‘wanted their own planet?’

  2. joe larson
    Posted March 27, 2008 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    you oughta mention the year of these records. yes, i am too lazy to google it myself.

  3. Posted March 27, 2008 at 12:53 pm | Permalink


    Let’s see, Levi was eight then so that makes him…

  4. Posted March 27, 2008 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I forgot to mention The Fearless Freaks, which is one of the best, most inspiring rock documentaries out there. So good!

  5. Posted March 27, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    The green vinyl is beyond sweet. It is very very pleasing to the eye. I need to find me some green vinyl!!

  6. Katie
    Posted March 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I still can’t believe I get to see them at Sasquatch. The green is groovy, for sure… but does it beat MMJ’s “Acoustic Citsouca” on orange swirled vinyl?

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