The Flaming Lips are an American rock band, formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983.Melodically, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titlessuch as "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles", "Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)" and "Yeah, I Know It's a Drag... But Wastin' Pigs Is Still Radical". They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die".The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they scored a hit in 1993 with "She Don't Use Jelly". Although it has been their only hit single in the U.S., the band has maintained critical respect and, to a lesser extent, commercial viability through albums such as 1999's 'The Soft Bulletin' (which was NME magazine's Album of the Year) and 2002's 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots'. They have had more hit singles in the UK and Europe than in the U.S. In February 2007, they were nominated for a 2007 BRIT Award in the "Best International Act" category. By 2007, the group garnered three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.In 2008, the band's long-awaited, seven-years-in-the-making film Christmas on Mars made its debut at the Sasquatch Festival in George, Washington; that fall, the movie and its soundtrack were released as a CD/DVD set. During 2007 and 2008, the Lips began working on the follow-up to At War with the Mystics, taking a looser, more experimental approach than they had in years. The results were released as Embryonic in fall 2009, followed by the band's quirky remake of the Pink Floyd classic 'Dark Side of the Moon'. The band then shied away from full-length releases for the next couple years, opting instead to work with a number of collaborators on various limited-edition EPs. Working with artists like Neon Indian, Prefuse 73, and Lightning Bolt, the Lips released tracks over the next couple of years in various nontraditional formats including USB keys embedded in gummy skulls, limited-edition vinyl, and candy fetuses. Their series of team-ups came to a head in 2012 when the band released 'The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends', which collected songs from their previous collaborations as well as new material recorded with artists like Ke$ha, Bon Iver, and Erykah Badu. For 2013's bleak 'The Terror', the Lips reteamed with Dave Fridmann, recording in a matter of days and using their collection of vintage synths as the album's musical focus. The Lips collaborated with Cyrus on a full-length album, 'Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz', which was released for free online in August of 2015. Following the album's digital release, the artists toured together. In November of 2015, the Lips released 'Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic: 1994-1997', a three-CD or five-LP compilation including the 'Clouds Taste Metallic' album, the 1994 odds-and-ends EP 'Providing Needles for Your Balloons', a further rarities collection titled 'The King Bug Laughs', and a previously unreleased concert recorded in Seattle in 1996.
The Flaming Lips:
These forerunners of alternative rock have been giving us their quirky lyrics and psychedelic sound since the late eighties. Although they only have one top ten single to their credit, the band has been able to forge critical acclaim and has kept on making noise for over a quarter of a century. You can catch these space rockers on tour as The Flaming Lips concert schedule has the band on the road internationally throughout spring and summer 2011.
The Oklahoma natives formed in 1983 when brothers Wayne and Mark Coyne joined bassist Michael Irvins in a garage band. They debuted in Oklahoma City and hired Richard English on drums shortly thereafter, releasing their debut EP "The Flaming Lips," in 1984. Wayne soon departed, and the band continued on with Mark taking over the role as lead vocalist. They were signed to Pink Dust Records to record their first LP, 1986's "Hear It Is," and several follow-ups that were minimally noticed on college rock stations. The band released another three albums on Pink Dust Records including, "In a Priest Driven Ambulance (1989)," which brought the band critical acclaim and the attention of major labels. While on tour promoting the album, the band was noticed by Warner Bros. Records who quickly signed them to the major label after a rep was captivated by their live style.
They took a couple of years to prepare their major label debut, "Hit to Death in the Future Head," which was released in 1992. The album was not commercially successful and the band went through lineup changes in the meantime. They regrouped in 1993 to release "Transmissions from the Satellite heart." The album garnered them increased commercial success and notoriety for their odd performances and avant garde style. It featured their only hit single, "She Don't Use Jelly," and in support of the album, Flaming Lips tour dates were booked as the opening act for the Red Hot Chili Peppers tour.
In support of the album, the Flaming Lips concert schedule included nearly three years of constant touring. They did find the time to produce a follow-up, "Clouds Taste Metallic," which was released in 1995 to cult classic fame. The band was whittled down to a trio during this time and struggled to redefine themselves in an era of mainstream alternative rock that the label was pushing them to produce. They instead experimented with the surround sound album, "Zaireeka," which featured four discs that were designed to be played simultaneously.
While "Zaireeka," and the critically acclaimed follow-up, "The Soft Bulletin," made minimal impact on the album charts, it catapulted the band to almost every critic's "Best of Lists" and established a new direction in the band's sound. The band continued to tour and in 2003 The Flaming Lips concert schedule included a co-headlining tour with Cake and Modest Mouse. The Flaming Lips also booked a headlining spot at the 2003 Coachella Valley Music Festival. Also in 2003, the band produced the electronic friendly, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots," which marked the band's first entrance onto the Billboard 200 when it peaked at #50. The album was certified gold and the single, "Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)," was awarded with the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
The band followed up with "At War with the Mystics," in 2006 which won a Grammy for Best Engineered album in 2007, and "Embryonic" which debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 in 2009 marking their first top ten entry. Most recently the band re-recorded Pink Floyd's classic "Dark Side of the Moon," which offers a song for song re-do of the iconic album. The Flaming Lips booked tour dates at Bonnaroo Festival in 2010 and continue to tour throughout 2011. The Flaming Lips concert schedule includes over twenty scheduled dates throughout North America and Europe. Don't miss out on these psychedelic hipster rockers, catch one of their space age shows when they come to your area. Use Eventful as your source for info on the Flaming Lips concert schedule and tour dates.
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