Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Exploring the Flaming Lips' Best Non-Hits

The Flaming Lips have been around since the early 1980s, and over the years their style has morphed. When I saw them back in 1993 -- on a bill with Butthole Surfers and Stone Temple Pilots -- they were a loud, guitar-heavy alternative-rock unit. By the end of the decade, they were more symphonic/philosophical in their approach. Now, we recognize the band for its glitter-and-hand-puppets live shows, with frontman Wayne Coyne acting as leader of this group of merry pranksters. With Oczy Mlody coming out Friday, I went through the Lips' back catalog to find their best deep cuts. The results are live over at MEL.