The. Flaming. Lips. Say those three words to yourself
and just try not to smile a stupid great beamer of a
delirious dribbling smile. To the best of our knowledge
the only people who don’t love them are the people who
don’t know of them. And probably a couple of stupid
joyless people too. 20 years after inception and a decade
after the admittedly daft ‘She Don’t Use Jelly’ brought
them to most people’s attention, they continue bound
forth like the original human clones, with all the bad
bits genetically squeezed out and an extra generous
handful of enthusiasm jammed in too for good measure.
‘The Soft Bulletin’ you should already know, being one
of the truly great albums of the 90s, a magnificent
timeless Imax explosion of colour and heart that’s more
likely to make you cry than ET. If you don’t own last
year’s ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’, a series of
concise cuddly sonic snapshots covered in double joy
and a smattering of eclecticism, you are selling yourself
short, even if you don’t know it yet.
And if you don’t happen to know it yet, not to worry,
that’s what singles are for isn’t it. And to whet your
appetite The Flaming Lips have one out on January 13.
It’s the title track (kind of), ‘Yoshimi Battles the
Pink Robots Part.1’, and we’ve got the video for you
below. It may not feature those huge life-size and slightly
unnerving cuddly toys as in the ‘Do You Realize?’ video,
but it does still have Wayne Coyne grinning abundantly.
If slightly unnervingly.
Click here: http://www.wmuk-newmedia.co.uk/mp/flips/index.html
They’re also on tour through the UK in January:
Wednesday 15 - Glasgow Barrowlands
Thursday 16 - Manchester Academy
Friday 17 - Birmingham Academy
Saturday 18 - Bristol Academy
Monday 20 - Nottingham Rock City
Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 - London Forum
You can also click here for one of those e-card things,
should you so wish: