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The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983. Instrumentally, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as "What Is the Light? (An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That the Chemical [In Our Brains] by Which We Are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love Is the Same Chemical That Caused the "Big Bang" That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe)". 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 band is best known for its associations with 1960s and 1970s psychedelic subculture, with elements of this culture permeating the group's instrumentation, effects, and composition. Coyne's lyrics, in particular, both reference and embody the fascination with the science fiction and space opera genres of fiction that were popular during the golden age of psychedelic subculture. His lyrical style tends to use the imagery and plot conventions of space opera to frame more abstract themes about the unfolding cycles of romantic love, highlighting its vulnerability while delving into its metaphysical implications.

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.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Hear It Is The Flaming Lips 3
1987 Oh My Gawd!!!… The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips 2
1989 Telepathic Surgery The Flaming Lips 1
1990 In a Priest Driven Ambulance The Flaming Lips 4
1992 Hit to Death in the Future Head The Flaming Lips 1
1993 Transmissions From the Satellite Heart The Flaming Lips 4 1
1995 Clouds Taste Metallic The Flaming Lips 4
1997 Zaireeka The Flaming Lips 1
1999 The Soft Bulletin The Flaming Lips 3.65 7
2002 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots The Flaming Lips 4.35 10
2006 At War With the Mystics The Flaming Lips 3.5 10
2009 Embryonic The Flaming Lips 7
2009 The Dark Side of the Moon The Flaming Lips & Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins & Peaches 5
2011 7 Skies H3 The Flaming Lips 3
2012 The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (RSD Double Album Release (2 x LP)) The Flaming Lips 3
2013 The Terror The Flaming Lips 7
2013 The Time Has Come to Shoot You Down… What a Sound The Flaming Lips & Friends 1
2014 With a Little Help From My Fwends The Flaming Lips 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 1984-1990: A Collection of Songs Representing an Enthusiasm for Recording... by Amateurs The Flaming Lips 1
2002 The Day They Shot a Hole in the Jesus Egg The Flaming Lips 1
2002 Finally the Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid: 1983-1988 The Flaming Lips 1
2005 LateNightTales: The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips 1
2005 20 Years of Weird: The Flaming Lips 1986-2006 The Flaming Lips 2
2011 The Flaming Lips 2011: Gummy Song Skull (The Soft Bulletin live La Fantastique de Institution 2011) The Flaming Lips 1
2012 One More Robot The Flaming Lips 1
2013 Chocolate Human Heart (Filled with Songs of Love) The Flaming Lips 1

Album + Compilation + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 iTunes Originals The Flaming Lips 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Yoshimi Wins: Live Radio Sessions The Flaming Lips 1
2007 U.F.O.s at the Zoo: The Legendary Concert in Oklahoma City The Flaming Lips 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Christmas on Mars The Flaming Lips 2

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Yeah, I Know It’s a Drag… Wastin’ Pigs Is Still Radical The Flaming Lips 1
1993 She Don't Use Jelly The Flaming Lips 2
1995 Turn It On The Flaming Lips 1
1995 Bad Days The Flaming Lips 2
1996 This Here Giraffe The Flaming Lips 2
1996 Brainville The Flaming Lips 2
1999 Race for the Prize The Flaming Lips 3
1999 Waitin' for a Superman The Flaming Lips 3
2000 White Christmas 2000 The Flaming Lips 1
2002 Do You Realize?? The Flaming Lips 3
2003 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part 1 The Flaming Lips 2
2003 Fight Test The Flaming Lips 2
2004 Christmas on Mars The Flaming Lips 1
2005 Seven Nation Army The Flaming Lips / David Shrigley 1
2006 The W.A.N.D. The Flaming Lips 6
2006 The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song The Flaming Lips 3
2008 Silent Night The Flaming Lips 1
2009 Borderline / Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs / The Black Keys 1
2011 Two Blobs Fucking The Flaming Lips 1
2012 Now I Understand The Flaming Lips 1

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