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The Flaming Lips - Best Band Ever or Just an Orgasm For Your Ears?


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The Flaming Lips are so good. Some of their albums/songs are whack but they have so much amazing content it doesn't matter - see Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, At War With the Mystics, Clouds Taste Metallic, and Transmissions from the Satellite Heart.


Anyway, does anybody know of any other music like theirs?

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Flaming Lips albums are the very definition of awkward pacing. I love most of their songs individually, but I can never get through an album without getting too bored to continue halfway. Play them on random and you're guaranteed to enjoy them more, despite the fact half of their stuff forms vague narratives about chinese girls and pink mechanical toys.


A lot of people who like The Flaming Lips also dig The Decemberists, Beck or the Eels. I don't see the similarities, but it's a trend I've noticed.

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Their new album, Embryonic, is amazing, one of their best. Can't go wrong with The Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and At War With the Mystics either.


As for similar bands. Maybe Yeasayer? Pink Floyd is similar in some ways as well, especially some of their early albums.

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Dammit. Anytime somebody mentions the Lips, I end up with "She Don't Use Jelly" stuck in my head for the rest of the day.


For me it's either "Do You Realize" or "Racing for the Prize."


Great band. ;)

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Dammit. Anytime somebody mentions the Lips, I end up with "She Don't Use Jelly" stuck in my head for the rest of the day.


I know a girl who thinks of ghosts

She'll make ya breakfast

She'll make ya toast

She don't use butter

She don't use cheese

She don't use jelly

Or any of these

She uses vaaaaaseline

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I saw the Flaming Lips 15 or so years ago when 'she don't use jelly' was on the old alternative / modern rock charts.


They played well live, but I can't say I know any other of their songs, except for 'labia'.


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The best advice I can give people new to The Flaming Lips is start with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The album actually flows really well, too - only a single song has that jarring quality TrueNeutral spoke of, IMHO - and you'll know it when you get to it.

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They did a pretty bitchin' cover of Knives Out if I'm not mistaken.


I think you're talking about the Brad Mehldau Trio.

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