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Song-A-Day: January 13

This’ll be a fun one, happy birthday to the crazy and inspirational Wayne Coyne, frontman of the Flaming Lips. The group peaked early in their career with a song about masturbation jokes in “She Don’t Use Jelly” before saving their musical careers with The Soft Bulletin and then the equally (and some would argue more) impressive follow-up album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Since then The Flaming Lips have been one of the genre’s defining bands with them making frequent headlines in bizarre manners, such as releasing their music via USB drives placed inside gummy fetuses or making vinyls which contain the artists’ actual blood. It’s craziness, but in the sake of art as Coyne is truly one of the most unique and experimental minds which music has to offer today, and it’s our honor to wish him a happy 53rd birthday thanks to that. Here’s one of the group’s singles off of The Soft Bulletin entitled “Waitin’ For A Superman”, which shares a quality of the best Flaming Lips songs in that it tells the world a message which they desperately need to understand, that sometimes things are “just to heavy for Superman to lift.”

I asked you a question
But I didn’t need you to reply
Is it gettin’ heavy?
But then I realized
Is it gettin’ heavy?
Well I thought it was already as heavy
As can be

Is it overwhelming
To use a crane to crush a fly?
It’s a good time for Superman
To lift the sun into the sky

‘Cause it’s gettin’ heavy
Well I thought it was already as heavy
As can be

Tell everybody
Waitin’ for Superman
That they should try to hold on
Best they can
He hasn’t dropped them
Forgot them
Or anything
It’s just too heavy for Superman to lift

Is it gettin’ heavy?
Well I thought it was already as heavy as can be.

Tell everybody
Waitin’ for Superman
That they should try to hold on
Best they can
He hasn’t dropped them
Forgot them
Or anything
It’s just too heavy for Superman to lift

Essential Albums: The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Quick Band Bio: The Flaming Lips are a psychedelic rock and pop group from Oklahoma. When the group originally formed in 1983 it consisted of Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins and Mark Coyne, the original lead vocalist before he left the band in 1985. This left Wayne, Mark’s brother and the lead guitarist, to assume lead vocals as well. This is where the Flaming Lips of today truly started: The band began to form their reputation through the combination of a breakthrough single in “She Don’t Use Jelly”, great albums and the bizarre antics that the band performs. Within the last 2 years, the Flaming Lips have a role in the following news stories: They’ve released music in an anatomically correct chocolate heart, vinyls containing samples of the artists’ blood, a USB in gummy shaped like a fetus and a 24 hour long song shipped in real human skulls; while also mistakenly taking a grenade into an airport, posting a music video of Erykah Badu’s sister naked which lead to a feud between the artists as permission wasn’t received, and setting the Guinness World Record for most concerts played in different cities in a 24 hour period. These are good examples of why the Flaming Lips are absolutely insane, and Wayne Coyne is the most interesting musician today who’s still releasing music.

These stories could scare someone away from listening to The Flaming Lips, but the truth is that the band actually makes very accessible music. A lot of thought goes into their releases, and they deserve a lot of credit for creating albums around completely developed ideas. Oddly though, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots isn’t the best example to use for this as Coyne has stated that this album really just seemed to come together as a story after they started creating the songs. How they got tied together into the story is still wildly entertaining though, as Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots presents the listener with a Japanese girl who is the only hope of saving her people by defeating the evil robots that have arrived, and this ends up being a terrific setting for the Flaming Lips’ bouncing guitars and philosophical lyrics to capture your imagination.
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