Eccentric Squad THE FLAMING LIPS Released 10th LP ‘YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS’ 20 Years Ago Today

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16 July 2022

Band: The Flaming Lips
Who: The eccentric fairy tale rockers from Oklahoma,
conducted by mastermind Wayne Coyne

Album: YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS – the band’s tenth LP
Released: 16 July 2002 – 20 years ago today

AllMusic wrote: “After the symphonic majesty of  ‘The Soft Bulletin’, the Flaming Lips
return with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a sublime fusion of Bulletin’s newfound
emotional directness, the old-school playfulness of Transmissions From the Satellite
Heart, and, more importantly, exciting new expressions of the group’s sentimental,
experimental sound. Funny, beautiful, and moving, ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’
finds The Flaming Lips continuing to grow and challenge themselves in not-so
obvious ways after delivering their obvious masterpiece.”
Score: 4.5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: One of my all-time favorite bands on record and live. This is
their second-best longplayer after their outstanding tour de force The Soft Bulletin‘, released three years before. It sounds like listening to a sonic science fiction fairy tale
with lots of blissful and starry-eyed reveries, wondrous stories and magical tunes.

The singles: Do You Realize? / Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1 / Fight Test

– DO YOU REALIZE? –

– YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS PT. 1 –

– FIGHT TEST –

Album in full…

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THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook – All Albums


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THE FLAMING LIPS’ First SPACE BUBBLE SHOW

25 January 2021

Eccentric mavericks THE FLAMING LIPS finally did what was planned for months.

They played their first space bubble concert. A COVID-safe live show with everyone,
band and spectators, in their own bubble. It happened at the Criterion in the group’s Oklahoma City hometown yesterday and is followed by a second show today.

Can’t wait for the video clips that will arrive soon.

Watch Teenager NELL And THE FLAMING LIPS Perform NICK CAVE Song ‘RED RIGHT HAND’ On TV

9 January 2022

Artists: THE FLAMING LIPS and NELL SMITH

Last November teenage songstress NELL SMITH and Oklahoma’s psychedelic bohemians THE FLAMING LIPS teamed up (after meeting several times after Lips gigs) teamed up for an album of 9 covers of Nick Cave songs album. Totally special, right? You don’t see a 13-year-old teenager front a big name band, every day. Plus, covering Cave is not really like having a walk in the park. But it all turned tremendously well with Where The Viaduct Looms as the exquisite result.

Coyne: “It is always great to meet excited, young creative people.
With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be
fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. It was
a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude
to making music.”

Nick Cave: “I’m a fan.”

A couple of days ago Nell and The Lips played
Red Right Hand on the American Late Show.

Utterly cool performance.
Let’s roll the tape…

Full album stream via Spotify…

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NELL SMITH: Facebook
THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

THE FLAMING LIPS Played The Club Where They Started Back In 1983

27 April 2021

Fairy tale pop/rock surrealists THE FLAMING LIPS
impressed lately with some spectacular space bubble
shows.

And last night they played the Blue Note club, in their hometown of
Oklahoma City, where the band performed live for the first time, back
in 1983. The performance aired on the American TV show Jimmy Kimmel
Live.

They played gripping ballad Will You Return / When You Come Down
from their formidable 2020 album American Head.

Micah Nelson (who played with his own band on tour with The Lips before),
the youngest son of his world-famous father Willie joined on vocals and guitar.

Here we go…

THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

A Match Made In Heaven – 13-Year Old Singer NELL SMITH And THE FLAMING LIPS Cover NICK CAVE

2 December 2021

Artists: THE FLAMING LIPS and NELL SMITH

Nell is a 13-year old fan of Oklahoma’s eccentric Lips.
Frontman Wayne Coyne spotted her at one point as she
attended several gigs with her father. They got in touch
and after Coyne found out that she’s a singer he proposed
her to work with the band on a Nick Cave tribute album he
already had in mind for some time.

They got all in the studio and the result is a 9-song Nick Cave
covers album baptized WHERE THE VIADUCT LOOMS with
Nell Smith on vocals.

Released: 26 November 2021
Order info (MP3 and cassette): here

Coyne: “It is always great to meet excited, young creative people.
With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be
fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. It was
a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude
to making music.”


(The Flaming Lips – Amsterdam 2018 – photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Smith: “I still can’t really believe it. It was a really steep learning curve
but Wayne was so encouraging when I was struggling with a few of the
songs that I kept going. I hadn’t heard of Nick Cave but Wayne suggested
that we should start with an album of his cover versions, and then look at
recording some of my own songs later. It was cool to listen and learn about
Nick Cave and pick the songs we wanted to record.”

Nick Cave: “I’m a fan.”

Turn Up The Volume: Covers/tribute albums are a tricky thing, certainly
when it’s about songs of a famous artist. In that case, millions know the tunes
grooved in their memory by heart and stick with the original version, like me.
Therefore the majority of covers LPs vanish very quickly into oblivion. But not
this one.

Why?

One: Nell Smith has an entrancing
and starry-eyed vox.

Two: Her near-whispering timbre, her spot-on
phrasing, her overall approach to the chosen
tracks resonates like an experienced pro at work.

Three: The musical framework is vintage Flaming Lips,
fairytale-like and crystal-clear, and never gets in the way
of Nell‘s voice. It’s a match made in heaven.

Four: I’m a devoted Nick and Lips fan.

Five: Kudos to Nell. A teenager taking on Cave songs is simply
sensational as such, and doing it this way – with the majestic
orchestral help of Flaming Lips – is nothing less than maestoso,
also knowing that she never heard of the Australian star crooner
before (or maybe that actually helped?).

One of the highlights…

Full album stream via Spotify…

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NELL SMITH: Facebook
THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

THE FLAMING LIPS Cover BOB DYLAN – Hear ‘LAY LADY LAY’

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2 May 2021


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

British music monthly UNCUT will celebrate the imperishable and legendary
troubadour BOB DYLAN‘s 80th birthday (born Robert Zimmerman, in Duluth,
Minnesota
on 24th May 1941) with a CD of covers.

Uncut‘s June issue comes with DYLAN REVISITED: “A covermount CD made up
of 14 cover versions of choice cuts from Dylan’s songbook recorded exclusively for
Uncut, as well as a previously unreleased track from the man himself.”

You can order the special issue here.

One of the artists paying tribute are The Flaming Lips. They picked that gentle pearl
Lay, Lady, Lay from Dylan’s 1969 Nashville Skyline LP and give it their characteristic,
head-in-the-clouds twist.

Listen here…

The original

BOB DYLAN: Website

THE FLAMING LIPS – 7th Album ‘AT WAR WITH THE MYSTICS’ Released 15 Years Ago Today

Back in time…

3 April 2021

Band: THE FLAMING LIPS (Oklahoma, US)
Active since 1983 / 16 albums (so far)

Album: AT WAR WITH THE MYSTICS
Released: 3 April 2006 -15 years ago today

The Guardian wrote: “At War With the Mystics falls short of
being a masterpiece, but the more you listen to it, the more it
adds up. Goin’ On closes the album by weaving its spaghetti-like
threads into a gently cathartic ballad about plugging on despite
the odds. And if anybody has earned the right to hymn the virtues
of perseverance, it’s the Flaming Lips.”

Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn U The Volume: Yeah Yeah Yeah.

Singles: The W.A.N.D / The Yeah Yeah Song

– THE W.A.N.D. –

– THE YEAH YEAH YEAH SONG –

Full album…

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THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

Members Of SLOWDIVE + FLAMING LIPS + THE SOFT CAVALRY + CASKET GIRLS = BEACHY HEAD

23 March 2021

Band: BEACHY HEAD
Who: Members of Slowdive (Christian Savill & singer Rachel Gowell),
The Flaming Lips (drummer Matt Duckworth), The Soft Cavalry (Steve
Clarke
) and Casket Girls.

The band is named after a chalk cliff in Sussex, UK.
One of Britain’s most popular beauty spots but,
unfortunately, also a notorious suicide spot.

Debut Album: BEACHY HEAD
Out: 30 April 2021 via Graveface Records

Lead-single: DESTROY US

If members of daydream bands team-up you may
expect sonic, cinematic paintings like this first broody
and darksome single. Starry-eyed synths, twinkling
guitars, meditative reflections and floating vocals.

Tune in here…


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GRAVEFACE RECORDS: Website