Melodically, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including what critics describe as bizarre song and album titles—for example, "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles", "Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)" and "Yeah, I Know It's a Drag... But Wastin' Pigs Is Still Radical". 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 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.
- Hear It Is (1986)
- Oh My Gawd!!! (1987)
- Telepathic Surgery (1989)
- In a Priest Driven Ambulance (1990)
- Hit to Death in the Future Head (1992)
- Transmissions from the Satellite Heart (1993)
- Clouds Taste Metallic (1995)
- Zaireeka (1997)
- The Soft Bulletin (1999)
- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
- At War with the Mystics (2006)
- Embryonic (2009)
- The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon (2009)
|The Flaming Lips|
|Wayne Coyne · Michael Ivins · Steven Drozd · Kliph Scurlock |
Mark Coyne · Dave Kostka · Richard English · Jonathan Donahue · Nathan Roberts · Ronald Jones
|Studio albums|| |
Hear It Is · Oh My Gawd!!! · Telepathic Surgery · In a Priest Driven Ambulance · Hit to Death in the Future Head · Transmissions from the Satellite Heart · Clouds Taste Metallic · Zaireeka · The Soft Bulletin · Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots · At War with the Mystics · Embryonic · The Dark Side of the Moon
"She Don't Use Jelly" · "Turn It On" · "Bad Days" · "This Here Giraffe" · "Brainville" · "Race for the Prize" · "Waitin' for a Superman" · "Do You Realize??" · "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1" · "Fight Test" · "The Golden Path" · "The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)" · "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)"
|Films and videos|