Oklahoma psychedelic alt-rock band The Flaming Lips have come from humble indie beginnings to achieve commercial success and recognition as one of pop’s most unique groups.
The band formed in 1983 and released a series of albums and EPs before signing to Warner Brothers and scoring a huge hit with 1993′s “She Don’t Use Jelly” slacker anthem. Their turn-of-the-millennium albums – 1999′s The Soft Bulletin and 2002′s Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots - received almost uniform acclaim and positioned the group as one of their generation’s most inventive and conceptually flawless. Centred around lush, manipulated beats, perfect orchestration and expansive production, the two albums are matched by only the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds in imagination and execution.
At the same time – as if by interstellar design – The Flaming Lips’ multimedia live shows grew to legendary status. Elaborate and transcendental spectacles, Lips sets now include spaceships, costumed dancers, puppets, large amounts of confetti and Wayne Coynes’ signature man-sized, crowd-conquering “Zorb” bubble.
Now one of the most respected and revered groups around – and therefore uniquely allowed complete creative freedom – the band continues its sprawling sonic journey with this month’s The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, featuring collaborations from Bon Iver, Yoko Ono, Ke$ha, Nick Cave, Christ Martin and Erykah Badu.
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