The Flaming Lips, The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd

Posted in Live From Youtube!, Pink Floyd, The Flaming Lips on July 2nd, 2011 by Willie

Here is my latest update, this time in the form of a convenient video blog!  Just press play, and I’ll explain everything.

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The Flaming Lips, Talkin Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues

Posted in The Flaming Lips, Youtube Favs on May 4th, 2011 by Willie

Part 53 rolls on again with the legendary FLAMING LIPS!  I love them so much, and I love this song so much.  I’m in love, with a band and a song, why?  Because they never break my heart.  Take “Talkin’ Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues” from the 1992 album Hit to Death in the Future Head.  Take it, and play it over and over.  First of all, everyone knows, the greatest songs just begin with lines like, “Imagination, that’s the way that it seems, a man can, only live in his dreams.”  You know what that is folks?  It’s the lines of a great lyricist, and that’s what Wayne Coyne is, one of the greatest lyricists in rock and roll history.  His lyrics are like if John Lennon wrote for Pink Floyd.  Wayne gives psychedelic music universal vulnerable heart, and its beautiful.  This is one of my favorite music videos ever, one of my favorite songs ever, and you just need to get on board.  Check it out!

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The Flaming Lips, She Don't Use Jelly, Live on Letterman

Posted in The Flaming Lips, Youtube Favs on April 24th, 2011 by Willie

Welcome to part 44 of my youtube countdown!  Today I bring you a real blast from the past.  It’s the Flaming Lips on the David Letterman show in 1995 performing their only commercial pop hit, “She Don’t Use Jelly.”  I discovered the Flaming Lips when I was 17 years old ten years ago, right before they blew up again in the pop culture landscape.  They are kind of impossible not to love.  Their sound is a psychedelic mix of screeching yet melodic electric guitars, bodacious larger than life drumming, and lead singer Wayne Coyne’s unmistakable, warbly high, pitched croon.  For whatever reason, “She Don’t Use Jelly” made it to #55 on the US Billboard charts, probably just riding the grunge wave of the early mid 90s, but the Flaming Lips were never a grunge band.  They have always been a psychedelic garage band bent on pop music domination, clawing their way to immortality by recording dozens of gorgeous songs and records, having an always incredible experimental live show, and lastly, just through sheer grit and determination.  They are the ultimate underdog story in rock history.  So, without further ado, I present to you their epic ode to female masturbation, with Paul Shaffer making another appearance in a band that no one would have ever have guessed he performed with.  Enjoy.

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