THE FLAMING LIPS Released Their Magnum Fairy Tale Opus ‘THE SOFT BULLETIN’ 20 Years Ago Today…

17 May 2019

The eccentric Oklahoma rockers THE FLAMING LIPS released their magical and supreme longplayer THE SOFT BULLETIN today 20 years ago, on 17 May 1999. It was this unique, otherworldly, colorful, far-out, crazily inventive and kooky gang’s 9th LP.

ROLLING STONE wrote: “The eccentric Oklahoma outfit Flaming Lips serenely release another baffling, winning, neo-psychedelic recording. Densely textured, awkward but somehow melodic, The Soft Bulletin finds these pop oddballs with their poker-faced humor firmly intact… Their music isn’t, how you say, universally accessible, and the weirdness gets same-y, but no one
else has posited a parallel universe in which the Sixties and the Nineties exist simultaneously, allowing for a peculiarly convincing brand of monolithic robotic swirl.”
– Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: The Flaming Lips are The Wacky Wizards Of Oz Rock creating
a fairy tale universe with both elves and demons, with good ones and bad ones and other-worldly symphonies that transfer you to a never-never land full of rainbows on record and on stage. The most spectacular live band I ever witnessed.

NME had an recent interview with Wayne Coyne
the maestro of the stellar orchestra. Read it here.

THREE OF THE TOP TRACKS: The Gash / Race For The Prize / Waitin’ For A Superman

– THE GASH –

– RACE FOR THE PRIZE –

– WAITIN’ FOR A SUPERMAN –

ALBUM in full…

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THE FLAMING LIPS:  Website – Facebook – Discography


Illuminating Amsterdam – Nov 2018 (pic by TUTV!)…

 

THE FLAMING LIPS Released New Album ‘KING’S MOUTH’ On Record Store Day…

14 April 2019

Yesterday THE FLAMING LIPS, always in for something odd, released their new, 15th LP entitled KING’S MOUTH on Record Store Day for just 4.000 privileged fans with a world-wide issue to follow later in the year. In marketing terms this is called a ‘publicity stunt‘! To me it’s a pathetic way to draw lots of free attention while leaving thousands of faithful Lips fans behind with an empty feeling. To comfort them the band made one track available for streaming. You can hear the dreamy ‘ALL FOR THE LIFE OF THE CITY‘ via Consequence Of Sound right here


A band for the privileged

5 Splendid Albums Turning… 20 In 2019

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

Here come Five Splendid Albums, selected
by Turn Up The Volume turning 20 next year!

1. ‘The Soft Bulletin’ by THE FLAMING LIPS

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2. ‘The Contino Sessions’ by DEATH IN VEGAS

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3. ‘Surrender’ by THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS

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– 4.’Beaucoup Fish’ by UNDERWORLD

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5. ‘Midnight Vultures’ by BECK

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TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 15 Knockout Live Performances Of 2018…

Turn Up The Volume saw about 150 acts playing live this past year. Here are the 15 Knockout Performances that made his body temperature going way up, made his adrenalin stream faster and had a lasting impact on his greedy ears & impressed eyes.

1. THE FLAMING LIPS – Melkweg, Amsterdam – 11 November – Review here

2. SLOWDIVE – Cactus Brugge Festival – 15 July – Review here

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3. IDLES – De Zwerver, Leffinge, Belgium – 2 November – Review here

4. JOHNNY MARR – Trix Club, Antwerp – 7 December – Review here

5. FONTAINES D.C. – Botanique, Brussels – 4 May – Review here

6. NOEL GALLAGHER – Vorst National, Brussels – 6 April

7. THE GLÜCKS – Ghent Fest – 19 July – Review here

8. RUMOURS – Cosa Nostra, Aalst – 21 April – Review here

9. JUJU – Kinky Star, Ghent – 18 February – Review here

10. PEUK – De Kleine Kunst, Ghent – 8 September – Review here

11. AUTOBAHN – Kinky Star, Ghent – 11 February – Review here

12. FALLING MAN – Ghent Fest – 14 July – Interview here

13. PERE UBU – 4 AD, Diksmuide – 1 June – Review here

14. TUBELIGHT – Charlatan, Ghent – 23 March – Review here

15. PINK ROOM – Kinky Star, Ghent – 3 March – Review here

(all pictures by Turn Up The Volume!)

THE FLAMING LIPS Turn ‘PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY’ Into A Psychedelic Visual…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

Eccentric psych rockers THE FLAMING LIPS definitely win this year’s Xmas cover contest. Although their musical interpretation of David Bowie‘s and Bing Crosby‘s 1977 hit medley PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY is sweet and soft it’s the accompanying clip that takes the holy spirit to another level. The Lips look like psychedelic Santa‘s from outer space on a LSD trip. Join them here…

THE FLAMING LIPS:  Website – Facebook


Would you spend Christmas with these nutcases?…

Psychedelic Pop Magicians THE FLAMING LIPS Caused Massive Screams Of Joy In AMSTERDAM…

THE FLAMING LIPS – Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 11 November 2018

Early 2017 Oklahoma‘s psychedelic pop orchestra THE FLAMING LIPS blew my and many others’ heads off in Antwerp, Belgium with their sensational and spectacular phantasy show – full review right here. Yesterday the impressive ‘all you need is love‘ symphonic magicians did it again at the fabulous and utterly cosy 1500-cap Melkweg in rainy Amsterdam.

Although it was, visually and aurally, a similar performance as last year, my experience this time was totally overwhelming as I witnessed the whole extravaganza from the very front-line and also the cutting impact on your adrenalin’s flow of whatever happened anywhere at anytime last night was so direct and intense because of the intimate structure of this warmly brilliant small-sized venue. Encouraged constantly by the tireless Wayne Coyne, the incomparable and highly emotional Maestro of The Lips Spectacle the raving crowd screamed of joy for the whole mind-boggling journey. You really had to be there, in the heat of the moment, to fully feel the unstoppable stream of ecstasy. Hail to The Flaming Lips. Thanks, again, for 2 hours of mesmerizing magic! I’m still on a cloud while writing.

Here are some pictures from last night’s fireworks


Captain Wayne Coyne ready to start the 2018 Space Odyssey


Let it all fly


The Wizard of Oz – the Lips’ way


Ground control to Major Wayne


Rolling it around the venue


Illuminating Amsterdam


Freaky finale

SETLIST
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 – (Richard Strauss cover)
Race for the Prize
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
Fight Test
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)
The Castle
She Don’t Use Jelly
There Should Be Unicorns
The Captain
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
Oczy Mlody
How??
Are You a Hypnotist??
The W.A.N.D.
A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
Do You Realize??

Newest album GREATEST HITS, VOL. 1
out now. You can stream it here…

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THE FLAMING LIPS:  Website – Facebook – Discography

(all concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘The Soft Bulletin’ – By THE FLAMING LIPS (1999)

Remarkable albums from the past…

‘The Soft Bulletin’ by THE FLAMING LIPS
Released: 17 May 1999 / The band’s 9th longplayer

ROLLING STONE wrote: “The eccentric Oklahoma outfit Flaming Lips serenely release another baffling, winning, neo-psychedelic recording. Densely textured, awkward but somehow melodic, The Soft Bulletin finds these pop oddballs with their poker-faced humor firmly intact… Their music isn’t, how you say, universally accessible, and the weirdness gets same-y, but no one
else has posited a parallel universe in which the Sixties and the Nineties exist simultaneously, allowing for a peculiarly convincing brand of monolithic robotic swirl.”
– Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: The Flaming Lips are The Wizards Of Oz Rock creating a fairytale universe with both elves and demons, with good ones and bad ones and
other-worldly symphonies that transfer you to a never-never land full of rainbows…

THREE TOP TRACKS: The Gash / Race For The Prize / Waitin’ For A Superman

* THE GASH

* RACE FOR THE PRIZE

* WAITIN’ FOR A SUPERMAN

ALBUM in full…

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THE FLAMING LIPS:  Website – Facebook – Discography


The Wizards Of Oz Rock

(photo: Turn Up The Volume! Antwerp, Belgium 2017)