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Monday, April 04, 2005

Top 10 Flaming Lips song titles

I said I was going to do Top 10 lists a while ago... here's the first.

10. "Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)"
From the Fight Test EP, 2003. Based on a true story, and written when the Lips had to replace The White Stripes at Glatsonbury or Reading or one of those big mega-British rock festivals; after Jack White broke his hand.

9. "One Million Billionth of a Second on a Sunday Morning"
From Hear It is..., 1987. The song is over 9 minutes long.

8. "Begs and Achin'"
From Telepathic Surgery, 1988. A play on 'bacon and eggs' that doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

7. "Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidently Saves the World"
From Clouds Taste Metallic, 1995. The song actually reflects the title, if you can believe it.

6. "Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants to Live Forever)"
From Hit to Death in the Future Head, 1992. A great tune... I've often wondered what "smiling deathporn immortality" could possible be.

5. "Redneck School of Technology"
From Telepathic Surgery, 1988. Who wouldn't want to go there, even just for a visit?

4. "The Southern Oklahoma Cosmic Trigger Club"
From the Okie Noodling soundtrack. Okie Noodling is a documentary by longtime associate of the Lips, Brad Beasley (check spelling). It's about people in Oklahoma that stick their bare hands into the holes where catfish live in lakes, and have the catfish bite their hands. They catch enormous catfish this way. Anyways, the song is about the reaction to hearing about this phenomenon, and what they originally thought 'Okie Noodling' referred to...

3. "Put the Waterbug in the Policeman's Ear"
From the Providing Needles for Your Balloons EP, 1994. A Lips classic, about Wayne Coyne's brother if he had the Williard complex, but with bugs rather than spiders. Wayne's brother was the original Flaming Lips lead singer but is now a mess due to all the acid he took in the 1980s.

2. "Ego Tripping At the Gates of Hell"
From Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, 2002. A great song title. It's an unfathomable act... shows the overwhelming brilliance of the band.

1. "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles"
From Clouds Taste Metallic, 1995. As scary and unwholesome as this title sounds, you realize that it virtually accomplishes nothing. It really is the work of psychopaths... how can you have psychiatric explorations on a fetus? I suppose, you could see the results in years to come. Anyways, this title shows the Lips' love of medical equipment/procedures, is frightening, weird, and is the title of a great rock song. The best of the bunch.


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