I mentioned in my article last Friday that The Flaming Lips are one of the most prolific bands out there right now. They've worked on numerous side projects, check out their rendition of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, while also producing a plethora of albums and completing the most extensive list of collaborations currently in the music industry. Not only does this help their name get around, but it’s also turned them into a cult band with a hard core following as I pointed out before. Fighting for a top slot with David Bowie as the weirdest group around, today’s news only personifies that more. Compliments of the fan group Psych Explorations of the Future Heart , we have gotten a hold of the four song EP from The Flaming Lips and Lightening Bolt collaboration. Check out the embedded songs below:
“I’m Working At NASA on Acid”
“I Want To Get High But I Don’t Want Brain Damage”
“NASA’s Final Acid Bath”
“I Want To Get Damaged But I Won’t Say Hi”
The first half of the Extended Play features Wayne Coyne and his gang charging through the psychedelic atmospherics of electronic bombshells. The first song “I’m Working At NASA on Acid” is pretty much how you would expect it to sound. A cosmic whirlwind of electro influenced Lips music that doesn’t give the listener anytime to breathe, while the second song “I Want To Get High But I Don’t Want Brain Damage” is a psychedelic freak out amongst a bad acid trip. If you haven’t watched the music video for it already, I highly suggest you do. But be warned, it’s extremely weird and to some, unpleasant. The second half of this record is dedicated to Lightening Bolt’s versions of the same songs featuring the "Do You Realize" hit-makers. “NASA’s Final Acid Bath” is a cool breeze from the unrelenting nature of those first two songs, but it’s still among the general consensus on this album. “I Want To Get Damaged But I Won’t Say Hi” is a song that you’ll have to listen to in order to even contemplate anything further about it.
This record is eccentric, odd, bizarre, weird and horrific. Though it has many enduring aspects, it’s still an interesting experience and I wouldn't expect these two collaborative forces to have created anything else. Many of the people reading this article might not understand this group’s unique way of handling music, but that’s why we love them. Fans of The Flaming Lips don’t need to explain our fascination for their bizarre music. Because without any further analysis, all we really need is just a dose of the Lips.