The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

It wasn’t all that long ago I started listening to The Flaming Lips. I had heard a few songs over the years, She Don’t Use Jelly, which had a fairly different sound compared to their later works, Do You Realize?? and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. I never really took too much of an interest though.

After hearing their The Dark Side of the Moon cover album I had a fresh look at what they had done in past years. When I listened to their albums I was shocked to discover their music reflected a lot of the elements from great albums by The Pink Floyd, Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but with a decidedly experimental electronic sound. They have a number of great albums over the years that are worth a listen, namely Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002), Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell (2003), At War With The Mystics (2006).

Now to “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends”. I picked this up as a 2012 Record Store Day release. While there is less consistency from song to song on this album than some others, it’s eclectic and very entertaining. This album was built as a collaborative work with more than a dozen different bands. Each track has a fairly unique sound however it comes together quite nicely. This album reminds me a bit of Beck’s Stereopathetic Soulmanure or Cake’s B-Sides and Rarities in that it’s a bunch of different things all mashed together. These albums aren’t greats, but are really just a lot of fun.

This album is now released digitally, it’s worth checking out. On a side note, their new album will be out soon, you can listen now here.