Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends CD (2012)

Artist: Flaming Lips

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he Flaming Lips have never backed away from a good collaboration (2009's The Flaming Lips Doing Dark Side Of The Moon). This new album is 13 songs by the Flaming Lips in conjunction with another music artist. Of course, this is going to lead to some strange pairings: who wouldn't scratch their heads at the prospect of The Flaming Lips + Ke$ha? Or The Flaming Lips + Erykah Badu? Or The Flaming Lips + Yoko One? Ok, maybe that last one makes sense. In some ways, this record is a greatest hits collection: EP's of collaborations with Neon Indian, Yoko Ono, Prefuse 73, and Lightning Bolt have all been released. These interesting experiments varied wildly in quality; here, THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS collects some of these past songs. The resulting album is a mixed bag -- better than it probably should be, but not as good as 2009's EMBRYONIC Read More

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Product Overview


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 232338462
UPC 093624951957
UPC 14 00093624951957
Format CD
Release Date 6/26/2012
Author Flaming Lips
Compilation Appearance Singles 93-03 (Bonus Tracks) (Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Cosmic Game
Compilation Appearance Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen
Compilation Appearance Stubbs The Zombie:soundtrack
Compilation Appearance Late Great Daniel Johnston:discovered
Compilation Appearance Revolutions In Sound:warner Bros. Rec
Compilation Appearance Music Is Awesome Volume 3
Compilation Appearance Re Machined:tribute To Deep Purple's
Compilation Appearance Wastoid
Compilation Appearance Boyhood (ost)
Compilation Appearance Frankenweenie Unleashed
Compilation Appearance Devil's Music
Associated Artist/Work Cyrus, Miley
Associated Artist/Work Lennon, John
Associated Artist/Work Lightning Bolt
Associated Artist/Work Mastodon
Associated Artist/Work Neon Indian
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Peise, Imagene
Associated Artist/Work Plastic Ono Band
Associated Artist/Work Prefuse 73
Associated Artist/Work Rockabye Baby!
Associated Artist/Work Stardeath & White Dwarfs
Technical Info
Engineer Mack Hawkins
Producer Dave Fridmann; Scott Booker; The Flaming Lips
CatalogID 530455
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 06/26/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 53s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624951957
Musical Guests
Biz Markie
Bon Iver
Edward Sharpe
Prefuse 73
Tame Impala
Jim James
Nick Cave
Lightning Bolt
Plastic Ono Band
Yoko Ono
Neon Indian
Erykah Badu
New Fumes
Aaron Behrens
Album Notes and Credits
After the release of their freaked-out twelfth album, Embryonic, the Flaming Lips went on a predictably unpredictable musical bender. Rather than just getting back to it and putting out another full-length, the band seemed to be following whatever flights of fancy came their way, first covering Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety before embarking on a string of psychedelic collaborations released in giant gummy skulls, ultra-limited vinyl, candy fetuses, and even actual human skulls. While getting hold of a lot of these limited-edition EPs generally required some combination of dedication, luck, and money (with the human skulls containing the bands 24-hour long song costing $5,000 each), the Lips brought a lot of these hard to find team-ups, as well as a host of new collaborations, to the masses with the 2012 release of The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. Originally released on limited, multi-colored vinyl for Record Store Day 2012, the spaced-out compilation has also seen a wider release on compact disc, allowing people the opportunity to experience previously hard-to-own tracks like "Is David Bowie Dying," "Supermoon Made Me Want to Pee," and "I'm Working at NASA on Acid?," which feature Neon Indian, Prefuse 73, and Lightning Bolt, respectively. The compilation also finds the Lips working with a host of guests that runs from the expected (Tame Impala, Plastic Ono Band) to the downright strange (Biz Markie, Ke$ha). The high point of the album is the cover of the iconic "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," which finds the band working with Erykah Badu to transform the song into a haunting and glacial, ten-minute shoegaze epic. The stunning cover is the most beautiful and cohesive on what is an otherwise (understandably) uneven collection which, while definitely appealing to hardcore fans, might be a bit too out there for casual listeners. ~ Gregory Heaney
Professional Reviews
Billboard (p.48) - "[T]heir 10-minute version of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,' with Erykah Badu on freak-soul vocal duty, reminds you of what a sentimental softie Wayne Coyne can be."
Q (Magazine) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's Erykah Badu's shimmering, apocalyptic reinvention of Roberta Flack's 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' that shines brightest."
Uncut (magazine) (p.71) - "There's shouty motorik and dreamy ballads, while slots from Jim James and Nick Cave fulfill our desire for distorted guitar riffage. A terrific package."
Disc 1
1 2012 (You Must Be Upgraded) - (featuring Ke$ha/Biz Markie)
2 Ashes in the Air - (featuring Bon Iver)
3 Helping the Retarded to Know God - (featuring Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros)
4 Supermom Made Me Want to Pee - (featuring Prefuse 73)
5 Children of the Moon - (featuring Tame Impala)
6 That Ain't My Trip - (featuring Jim James)
7 You, Man? Human??? - (featuring Nick Cave)
8 I'm Working at NASA on Acid - (featuring Lightning Bolt)
9 Do It! - (featuring Plastic Ono Band/Yoko Ono)
10 Is David Bowie Dying - (featuring Neon Indian)
11 First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, The - (featuring Erykah Badu)
12 Girl, You're So Weird - (featuring New Fumes)
13 Tasered and Maced - (featuring Aaron Behrens)
Product Attributes
Artist Flaming Lips
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc

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