Last call: Let’s take a moment to appreciate The Flaming Lips

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The Flaming Lips tonight

Tonight I get to see The Flaming Lips play at the newish KettleHouse Amphitheater in Missoula and I couldn’t be more stoked. Last time I saw them was at Chicago’s Riot Fest in 2014, and their performance was a collage of inflatable mushrooms and rainbows and awesomeness. Hopefully this time around is even more mind-blowing. [Kate Bernot]

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The Flaming Lips 1986

Proving once again that Kate and I have the same taste in music, I am also a Flaming Lips fan from way back. Honestly, they’ve kind of lost me in their current incarnation with their huge, psychedelic fests (like where Kate is going tonight). But they had a really sweet streak of albums in the ’90s, with pop-powerful yet trippy cuts like “Turn It On” and “Shine On, Sweet Jesus,” culminating with the brilliant Soft Bulletin in 1999. But a song they haven’t played in years goes even further back than that: “With You,” from the band’s 1986 debut Hear It Is. The track is basically just a straight-up lovelorn rant, but the frequently out-of-control guitars hint at the insane musical universe Wayne Coyne and the Lips were destined to create. [Gwen Ihnat]


“She Don’t Use Jelly” cover by Ben Folds Five

I’ve been on record about the importance of Ben Folds Five in my life. Here’s the trio with a reimagining of The Flaming Lips’ “She Don’t Use Jelly”—a campy, loungey, more lush, and melodically unrecognizable cover of the original. [Kevin Pang]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

DISCUSSION

Have loved Flaming Lips ever since witnessing a euphoric performance at Tulsa’s Dfest in 2007, but Wayne Coyne is widely regarded around these parts (Norman and OKC) as a flaming asshole. This wasn’t always the case although you have to wonder about someone capable of working at Long John Silvers for 12 years. We chalk it up to middle-age crisis and hanging out with Mary Fallin’s daughter.