I thought asking Facebook which Flaming Lips (the big-time headliners of the Capitol Hill Block Party) album it liked best would help determine the next Never Heard of 'Em column, but apparently everyone has all these "opinions" on the subject and now it's unclear which one would be best!
Jeff Kirby: "The Soft Bulletin. When it came out in 1999 I had never heard anything quite like it. The production on that record is fantastic." Drew DeCounter: "Zaireeka, if only because of the memories associated with listening to it and I don't think I'll ever listen to it again." Ray Suburbia: "Hit to Death in the Future Head—still pretty punk with 'Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants to Live Forever),' but also has some of the super-psych stuff they later got into. Also 'The Magician vs. the Headache' is their penultimate ripper. It's a major label debut done in the best possible way." James Burns: "Priest Driven Ambulance through Soft Bulletin is an incredible run of records. Everything after that can go jump in a lake." Derek Erdman: "Transmissions from the Satellite Heart—it's right in the middle of the 'weird' to 'pop' phase." Marianne Spellman: "Yoshimi! 'Do You Realize?' is a gift to the world—one of those extremely rare songs that can touch anyone who listens to it." Hannah Levin: "The Soft Bulletin was their creative peak in my eyes. I've found everything they've done since to be pretty uninspired." Eric Fundingsland: "Hard to pick a best. I am amazed how much Embryonic has grown on me. Not feeling The Terror as much though." Grant Brissey: "Clouds Taste Metallic." Dave Segal: "In A Priest Driven Ambulance. It's their most psychedelic and most Jonathan Donahue-infused record. Wayne Coyne gets angry whenever anyone mentions that, too. But the self-titled debut EP is probably my favorite Lips recording." Aaron Huffman: "Clouds Taste Metallic!" Yos-wa GrimGold: "Priest Driven Ambulance. They reigned in the sound of the early records and made a truly fucked up album. But yeah, anything after Soft Bulletin is throwaway." Matt Clark: "Transmissions. Every single other song sounds the same to me." Dre Gordon "Oh My Gawd!!! is my fave because it's all fucked up and trippy. I also loved Hear It Is a whole bunch." Free: "I saw the Lips about 20 years ago at the Comet, high on acid. When they started the bubble machine, that's when I loved them the most!" [Ed. Note - That's not an album, Free, but points for an insane memory!]
Let's take this to the next level: Please vote in the OFFICIAL LINE OUT POLL THAT WILL DETERMINE WHICH ALBUM WE MAKE ANNA LISTEN TO.