This Flaming lips video “How” off of their album Oczy Mlody is all theater of the mind. I absolutely love the violent synth sounds blaring out of this track. The falsetto of Wayne Coyne adds to the stadium tone as well. Hailing from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma these psych-rock overlords formed in 1983 planted their flag and never looked back. The Flaming Lips combine plush multi-layered synth arrangements with awkward lyrical compositions to create their psychedelic sound. As suggested in the video their live show is actually where the fun gets started. The Flaming Lips stage performance includes flashy costumes, falling confetti, sophisticated light shows, puppets, balloons and large video screens. Wayne Coyne, the groups lead is known to travel across the audience in a human-sized plastic bubble. If you have not seen a performance from The Flaming Lips, put that on your to-do list.
Yes, this song and video are great but I do take issue with Wayne Coyne’s lyric blasting the sound of hip hop. He is quoted as saying “kill your rock ‘n’ roll motherfucking hip-hop sound”. While most are confused as to what he means exactly, I am almost sure I know what he means. Wayne Coyne is certainly entitled to his opinion but that lyric makes him sound terribly bitter with the current success of hip hop.
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