Flaming Lips Refry Early Cuts, Rarities
On the heels of the brand new Warner Bros. set "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots," the Flaming Lips will unveil two deluxe, multi-disc reissue packages this fall via Restless Records and Rykodisc.On the heels of the brand new Warner Bros. set "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots," the Flaming Lips will unveil two deluxe, multi-disc reissue packages this fall via Restless Records and Rykodisc. Planned for release just two weeks apart, the upcoming collections were remastered by longtime producer Dave Fridmann with Lips principal Michael Ivins and represent the band's pre-major label output between 1983 and 1991. Each package features new artwork and extensive liner notes by frontman Wayne Coyne.
The first project -- due Sept. 17 -- is a three-CD set titled "Finally the Punk Rockers are Taking Acid 1983-1988," that compiles the band's first three full-length albums: "Hear It Is," "Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips," and "Telepathic Surgery." The package also boasts a total of 16 bonus tracks, including the group's long out-of-print first EP, a previously unreleased demo of "Killer on the Radio," and covers of Sonic Youth's "Death Valley 69" and Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush."
On Oct. 1, the Oklahoma City-based experimental rockers will drop "The Day They Shot a Hole in the Jesus Egg," a double-CD containing the band's seminal 1990 album "In a Priest Driven Ambulance" with the corresponding "Unconsciously Screamin'" EP.
"Jesus Egg" also includes outtakes from "The Mushroom Tapes" -- a collection of demos of many songs that later made "Ambulance" -- plus a number of compilation contributions and rare singles sides. Among the latter is "Strychnine"/"Peace, Love & Understanding," which combines the Sonics' nugget with the Nick Lowe-penned Elvis Costello staple and was originally released on the flipside of the 1988 Sub Pop single "Drug Machine."
The fall releases are not the only project looming on the Lips' horizon. The group is about a third of the way finished with its feature-length film, "Christmas on Mars," in which the band members star. "These 30 minutes do not all play together, but 30 of the 90 minutes are completed," Coyne tells Billboard.com of the movie, which centers around scientists preparing to celebrate their first Christmas in space. "They're forced to confront the reality of living in space and what true human existence is on a scientific level." Coyne says a separate soundtrack album is a possibility.
As previously reported, the No. 50 debut of "Yoshimi" on The Billboard 200 represented the Lips' best opening week ever. The group is on the road with the Unlimited Sunshine tour, which kicks off tonight (July 31) in St. Louis.