The Flaming Lips Poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Clouds Taste Metallic 20
The Soft Bulletin 17
Hit to Death in the Future Head 13
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots 12
In a Priest Driven Ambulance 7
Transmissions from the Satellite Heart 6
Zaireeka 3
At War with the Mystics2
Telepathic Surgery 1
Oh My Gawd!!! ...The Flaming Lips 1
Hear It Is 1


Jeff, Monday, 18 June 2007 23:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

Imagination...that's the way that it seems...

marmotwolof, Monday, 18 June 2007 23:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

This poll was created to annoy me when Priest Driven Ambulance doesn't win.

dlp9001, Monday, 18 June 2007 23:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

maybe sweet Jesus will shine on you

marmotwolof, Monday, 18 June 2007 23:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Clouds Taste Metallic
Hit to Death in the Future Head
Transmissions/Priest Driven Ambulance (I love them both equally but in different ways.)
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Yoshimi/Soft Bulletin (tie)
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At War with the Mystics

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Hear It Is/Oh My Gawd/Telepathic Surgery

I've never actually heard Zaireeka. I did see the Boombox Experiment in Philadelphia, though.

Jenny, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 00:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'd mostly agree although I think OMG and Surgery are a lot better than Hear It Is.

marmotwolof, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 00:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's been a loooong time since I've listened to those three. Maybe I will revisit and see if my opinion on them has changed any.

Jenny, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 00:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

Where's the Southern Oklahoma Cosmic Trigger Contest EP?

That is hands down the best thing they've ever done. Lips do country music.

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 02:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

As it is, I'll vote for Hit to Death in the Future Head. Their pre-Soft Bulletin stuff is sooo underrated. I hate it when people slag off the Flaming Lips and only mention their last three albums.

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 02:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

Terrible choice between Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi here. The former was def. more groundbreaking, but the latter more...complete somehow.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 03:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

Easy choice here with #1 Clouds, #2 Transmissions.

However, as Jets Part 2 is my favorite song ever from them, when they reissue Transmissions in 2015 with that and the rest of the "Providing Needles For Your Baloons" EP as bonus tracks, I may reconsider that order.

cavendish, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 03:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

im still guessing soft bulletin wins even with all these comments about other albums

gman, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 03:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

I went with Zaireeka, even though I only get to hear it every few years.

Z S, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 03:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

im still guessing soft bulletin wins even with all these comments about other albums

I don't know, lately it seems like there's been a big backlash on Soft Bulletin, both here (ok, for the past 5 years here, not just "lately") and everywhere else, as well. I think the negative comments are a result of the album being overrated, not a lack of quality.

I still love just about everything they've done, starting with Priest Driven Ambulance and ending with some of Yoshimi. At War with the Mystics is just awful.

Z S, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 03:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

everything on the soft bulliten kicks ass except the superman song. i listen to the mixed down zaireeka alot. i pick clouds.

chaki, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 03:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

*bulletin

chaki, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 04:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh pssh "waiting for superman" is wonderful...

im going bulletin...no backlash here

gman, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 04:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

1. Clouds Taste Metallic
2. Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
3. The Soft Bulletin

also love:

In a Priest Driven Ambulance
Hit to Death in the Future Head
Zaireeka
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
At War with the Mystics

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 04:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

eh whatevs. i never liked the superman song. i just got the 'demastered' version (the band's preferred version) and it's a much better tracklisting. also gets rid of those sucko "remixes."

1 Race for the Prize Flaming Lips 4:08
2 A Spoonful Weighs a Ton Flaming Lips 3:32
3 The Spark That Bled Flaming Lips 5:54
4 Slow Motion Flaming Lips 4:01
5 What Is the Light? Flaming Lips 3:16
6 The Observer Flaming Lips 4:04
7 Waitin' for a Superman Flaming Lips 4:11
8 Suddenly Everything Has Changed Flaming Lips 4:17
9 The Gash Flaming Lips 3:54
10 Feeling Yourself Disintegrate Flaming Lips 4:02
11 Sleeping on the Roof Flaming Lips 5:17
12 The Spiderbite Song Flaming Lips 3:09
13 Buggin'

chaki, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 04:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Priest and Hit to Death are on a continuous pendulum for my #1 Lips album, but (oddly) Yoshimi is a definite #3. The rest, I can take or leave altogether.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 04:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

providing needles for your balloons

Filey Camp, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 08:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

yoshimi landslide.

poortheatre, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 08:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Clouds Taste Metallic

stephen, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 09:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

Clouds, again. Then Transmission, Bulletin, Zaireeka, and the rest trailing way behind.

Scik Mouthy, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 09:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Clouds too for me

Just got offed, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 09:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

In A Priest Driven ambulance.

But Mystics isn't awful. None of their stuff is awful, I like them all.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 09:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Close call between Transmissions and Future Head, but Transmissions just squeaked past for me.

I do tend to think of the Lips as two different bands, but I like both of them.

Masonic Boom, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 10:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

And you like At War With The Mystics don't you?

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 10:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

I do, actually. A lot. I know lots of people don't, though.

The only one I wasn't really bothered about was Yoshimi v. Robots.

Masonic Boom, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 11:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

Which is my fave out of the last 3!

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 11:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

All the love for Clouds Taste Metallic thrills me to my core.

Jenny, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 12:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

The records w/Ronald Jones playing guitar are the band's highwater points. His playing was so creative and inspired that all the records that came before them (and after them) seem lackluster.

The band hasn't really "rocked" since his departure.

Anyone know what he's doing now?

kwhitehead, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 14:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

the priest through clouds shit is all still pretty much unslaggable unless you're some kind of jerk or something. clouds is my fave. zaireeka is fun for what it is (and the mixdown is pretty awesome, i agree!). soft bulletin has its moments but after that i lose interest.

pretzel walrus, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 17:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

more love for Clouds yo

Dimension 5ive, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 17:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Even tho I think Transmissions and Hit are better records all around, I gotta give it to Zaireeka for its unique scope.

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 17:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ronald Jones went off on some religious/spiritual ascetic trip, I believe... the last (and only) time I saw the Lips was on his last tour, not really interested in them without him, sorry to say. Soft Bulletin is okay but waaaaay to overbaked. After that I lost interest.

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 17:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

priest driven ambulance

dmr, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 17:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'll pretty much rep for anything from oh my gawd up through soft bulletin altho the ones before priest have some crap on em

dmr, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 17:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

O for the days when the punk rockers were finally taking acid...

Myonga Vön Bontee, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 19:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

I just listened to Telepathic Surgery for the first time in a while and it's really neat, goes off on all these weird little tangents. "Chrome Plated Suicide" is kind of the beginning of the classic Lips sound.

marmotwolof, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 20:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

"The Soft Bulletin" may have gotten more critical acclaim, but "Yoshimi..." was when they really refined their style into something really great.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 20:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

everything on the soft bulliten kicks ass except the superman song.

The version at the end of the album--can't recall if it's the remix or the original version--is the one to listen to. The harmonies absolutely put it over the top.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 21:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

ok I just listened to Mystics again and I definitely think Surgery and probably OMG are better than it

marmotwolof, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 21:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

I wouldn't argue with that, but it's still a good album. It's just a bit one paced really. Could do with less slow songs.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 21:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah I dunno about 3/4 of it goes in one ear and out the other. Just put OMG on and the first two songs alone are killer, "One Million Billionth of a Millisecond on a Sunday Morning" is such a dead on Floyd rip.

marmotwolof, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 22:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

*Clouds. Gotta be Clouds.

(*I've not heard the last one or anything before Future Head in its entirety)

will, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 22:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

Prescription: Love!!!!! man I had forgotten most of these

marmotwolof, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 22:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

gets points for the cover alone. (I couldn't find a jpg of the gatefold.)

dmr, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 22:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah that's a great sleeve, very sub-Santana-style

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 22:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Can't Stop the Spring rocks too, yeah it's a good record. Let's see if I can make it through the first ep and Hear It is now...

marmotwolof, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 22:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

well shit

gman, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Who voted for Mystics?!?!

Davey D, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

haha I LOVE When You Smile!

marmotwolof, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 01:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

Who voted for Mystics?!?!

Yeah, I wondered that too. I guess people who haven't heard anything else. Even for what At War with the Mystics seems to be trying to do, it doesn't do as well as Yoshimi or even the b-sides off of Yoshimi.

Z S, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 01:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm more concerned about the dude who voted Hear It Is.

and c'mon louis how many songs have a chorus even remotely like "All of the subatomic pieces come together and unfold themselves in a second"?

marmotwolof, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 01:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

That's like the sweetest love song ever! Well, second only to Mountainside.

Jenny, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 01:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

i'm listening to priest driven now and it's really kicking the shit out of me. what a wonderful album.

hit to death is still a better album, though.

funny farm, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 02:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

when you smile is a legit beautyfest

pretzel walrus, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 03:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

q: "raining babies" is about c on t's y/n

dmr, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 05:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Well, I like it far more now than I used to! The weird wibbly sound effects in the second half work fantastically well. Thing is, it's such a fine album I prefer the other 13 tracks. Give or take 'This Here Giraffe' (which I'm guessing you all love as well :-P).

That chorus sounds like something Hum could very easily have writte, btw!

Just got offed, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 10:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

Sorry i missed this poll. I probably would have voted "Clouds" cos it was the first one I ever heard and after "Abandoned Hospital Ship" it pretty much sealed the deal for the Lips as my favorite band, at least for the next several years.

That being said I still think Zaireeka is my favorite album, and I kind of wish people would give it more of a chance but then whoever dismisses it because they don't feel like setting up multiple players (2 will work, discs 1 and 3 have the most stuff on them) is just missing out.

I think "Riding to Work" is the best song they've ever done, and the end jazz jam that they pull off is so cool in a 70s sci fi drone prog way that I was sad to see they veered away from that style so heavily in the following albums..

oliver8bit, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 17:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

Nah louis Giraffe is probably my least favorite apart from the bassline, but Kim's Watermelon Gun, Fetus w/ Needles and Evil Will Prevail pwn all.

I need to get Clouds and Trans on CD again, I've been listening to a cassette dubbed off the vinyl I used to have for nearly a decade. Those were cool LPs, Trans was orange vinyl and Clouds was green.

My favorite Trans song is Pilot Can At The Queer of God.

marmotwolof, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 21:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

ps gotta stick Guy Who Got a Headache on my clouds favorites

marmotwolof, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 21:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

HEY GUYS THE MIXDOWN OF ZAIREEKA IS AVAILABLE LIKE EVERYWHERE ITS A VERY FUN LISTEN

chaki, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 21:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

ARE ANY OF THE SONGS BETTER THAN KIM'S WATERMELON GUN

marmotwolof, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 22:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

best songs on CTM = Fetus, Guy Who Got A Headache (last 30 seconds = most joyous 30 seconds in rock), Kim's Watermelon Gun, They Punctured My Yolk and Bad Days.

oh god I've gone and forgotten Lightning Strikes The Postman IT'S SUCH A GOOD ALBUM FFS

if pressed for a favourite, Headache and Yolk tie for first.

On Zaireeka, I heard it once, in full, thanks to a friend's owning it and a big strategic effort in collecting four CD players together. It was fantastic. If I'd heard it more, it might be my favourite. 'A Machine In India' might be the trip-out jam to end all others (but I kinda forget); 'The Big Ol' Bug Is The New Baby Now' MIGHT be better than Kim's Watermelon Gun.

Just got offed, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 23:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Giraffe is one of my faves. Fuck you haterz.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 23:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

the bassline is neat

marmotwolof, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 23:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

EWP is win for "the magic bullet is the glowing mother ship" alone

marmotwolof, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 23:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

May I mention how much I love "Lightning Strikes the Postman?" HEAVY.

If your knowledge of the Lips begins with The Soft Bulletin, you are missing out hugely!

Davey D, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 23:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Jets Part 2 is my favorite song ever from them

Cavendish OTM. I listened to this song last night for the first time in quite a long time. Classic Ivins bass line and screaming R. Jones guitar.

kwhitehead, Thursday, 21 June 2007 00:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

Seems to be that there's a pretty good argument here that the Lips were the best band of the 1990's.

That said, which of the two comps is the one to get?

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 21 June 2007 03:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

erm probably get jesus egg first if you haven't heard Priest, though I don't have that yet. "A collection of songs..." will basically give you the highlights of all the pre-WB stuff, but it's missing a lot of good shit.

for those who don't know, jesus egg = Priest with outtakes etc.
Punk rockers are taking acid = s/t ep, Hear, OMG, Surgery

marmotwolof, Thursday, 21 June 2007 03:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

wow clouds taste metallic is actually really great. i had never heard it until being inspired by this poll.

thanks. i'm loving the album.

gman, Thursday, 21 June 2007 05:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

holy shit i listened to the soft bulletin non-stop freshman year, but i haven't pulled it out in like 6 years

river wolf, Thursday, 21 June 2007 05:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

HA:
http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/108769/clouds_taste_metallic

(doesn't say how many stars this originally got, but I think it was 3 IIRC)

marmotwolof, Thursday, 21 June 2007 05:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

glad CTM came through as the winner, as i've slowly been getting back into the lips lately and it's mainly through this album that i've come to appreciate them all over again. a pock on 'yoshimi' though.

Charlie Howard, Monday, 30 March 2009 08:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

i just got the 'demastered' version (the band's preferred version) and it's a much better tracklisting. also gets rid of those sucko "remixes."

1 Race for the Prize Flaming Lips 4:08
2 A Spoonful Weighs a Ton Flaming Lips 3:32
3 The Spark That Bled Flaming Lips 5:54
4 Slow Motion Flaming Lips 4:01
5 What Is the Light? Flaming Lips 3:16
6 The Observer Flaming Lips 4:04
7 Waitin' for a Superman Flaming Lips 4:11
8 Suddenly Everything Has Changed Flaming Lips 4:17
9 The Gash Flaming Lips 3:54
10 Feeling Yourself Disintegrate Flaming Lips 4:02
11 Sleeping on the Roof Flaming Lips 5:17
12 The Spiderbite Song Flaming Lips 3:09
13 Buggin'

Where is this version? I tried to play this album(CD) at a low level, and couldn't believe how bad it sounded.

Mark G, Monday, 30 March 2009 08:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

I seem to be in the minority, but I think the remixes of the Soft Bulletin tracks are far superior to the "demastered" ones. Pity they're all out of print now.

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 30 March 2009 23:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Seems to be that there's a pretty good argument here that the Lips were the best band of the 1990's.

You could replace "of the 90s" with "ever" and you'd get no argument from me.

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 30 March 2009 23:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dere Flaming Lips,

Plz rerelease "Zaireeka" on one CD

Plz

Plz

Love,

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Monday, 30 March 2009 23:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

But that would defeat the whole purpose of the album!

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 30 March 2009 23:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dude, it has been 12 years. They have made their point. However, I have heard the album once. It was EFFORT. It was also a completely amazingly awesome piece of music that I REALLY want to hear again. Without inviting all my friends and their hi-fis over. Or shifting equipment around the house. Great, revolutionary, uncompromising etc....now just give us the goddamn music

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Monday, 30 March 2009 23:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

a 7.1 mix would get em pretty much there

balls by titleist (electricsound), Monday, 30 March 2009 23:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

If you like the sound of Wayne Coyne going "Track number one this is CD number one number numberthreenumberfour" and then a whole roomful of college kids yeling "FUCK!!" at least twenty times, then Zaireeka is the album for you.

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

But Snrub...it don't have to be this way

Also, when I and some schoolfriends ran the Zaireeka experiment, we synched it pretty well. The slight out-of-synch-nesses were all part of the fun. But it's time. It's time for those songs, in synch, without the fun of the set-up, without the glorious unpredictability. It's time.

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 00:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

louis unified zaireeka is widely available on the internet fyi

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 00:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

But if they officially acknowledged unification, we'd officially be able to acknowledge the songs in their pristine format, and there'd be a useful flurry of positive criticism headed Coynewards

plus I like owning groovy CDs

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 00:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

This has not stopped me from finding a copy of unified Zaireeka online.

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 00:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

No self-titled 1984 debut EP on LSD Records with "My Own Planet" on it, no credibility.

xhuxk, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 00:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Zaireeka is an amazing album, absolutely amazing. I think "Riding to Work in the Year 2025" is my favorite Flaming Lips song ever.

I was really into them in high school and thru Soft Bulletin but kind of go in and out of phases nowadays. Their 90s output, tho, is top notch. Really hard to pick a favorite of any of them.

Adam Bruneau, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 02:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

there'd be a useful flurry of positive negative criticism headed Coynewards

Fixed.

This album should not be rereleased in its unified format, ever. Why spoil the fun? Why take one of the decade's most baffling, uniquely interesting experiments and turn it into just another album? Why take away the mystery? Part of the fun, Wayne has always said, is never hearing the same album twice...

ilxor, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 02:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

Yoshimi

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:43 (one month ago) Permalink

So awesome In a Priest Driven ambulance got so many votes. "There You Are (Jesus Song No. 7" has an amazing solo

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 06:08 (one month ago) Permalink

how dafuq did soft bulletin not win this

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 06:13 (one month ago) Permalink

I'd put all the other 90s albums ahead of soft bulletin.

Yoshimi is where they lost me, but they got me back briefly with Embryonic.

silverfish, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:29 (one month ago) Permalink

There You Are (Jesus Song No. 7" has an amazing solo

damn right it is. that song gives me chills, and the coda chord progression is so sad and beautiful. imo it's proof that they had something of a Soft Bulletin in them even before Steven joined the band.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 21:03 (one month ago) Permalink

^ Fuck yeah :)

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 21:09 (one month ago) Permalink

how dafuq did soft bulletin not win this

QFT X Infinity

yesca, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:43 (one month ago) Permalink


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