The Flaming Lips began their career in the 1980s but it wasn’t until 1990’s In a Priest Driven Ambulance that the band really came into it’s own. In this article you will find an overview of each of the band’s last eight albums from 1990’s In a Priest Driven Ambulance through 2006’s At War with the Mystics. Later this year, a new Lips album is set to be released. Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne has said it’s likely to be a double album titled Embryonic.
In a Priest Driven Ambulance (1990) – This is the album that took the band from being Butthole Surfers wannabes into something much more. This is a noise rock classic and the favorite album of some old school Flaming Lips fans.
Hit to Death in the Future Head (1992) – This album was more experimental than their previous work. It’s often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be.
Transmission from the Satellite Heart (1993) – Includes the hit “She Don’t Use Jelly” which is actually not much like the rest of the songs on the album. The rest of the album is actually far better than that novelty single.
Clouds Taste Metallic (1995) – The pinnacle of the Ronald Jones era. For some Lips fans who are most into guitar rock this is the band’s best album.
Zaireeka (1997) – The most experimental Flaming Lips album and considering the rest of their output that is saying quite a bit. This is really more of a “musical experience” than simply an album. The album contains four discs which are meant to be played at the same time.
The Soft Bulletin (1999) – Considered my many Flaming Lips fans (including this one) to be the best album the band has recorded. It’s a modern day psychedelic rock classic.
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002) – Yoshimi… has quite a few proponents itself. Those who are more inclined towards electronic music tend to think of it as the best Lips album. In many ways it’s their most accessible album to date and may be a good place for newcomers to the band to start.
At War with the Mystics (2006) – This is an album that has it’s peaks & valleys. It’s not among the band’s best work in my opinion. In particular the sound of the recording isn’t good. It’s over compressed. There’s a lack of “air” or “space” to the sound. But, that being said, it still contains some excellent songs.