Jason Buhrmester (writer)
What a long, strange, really weird trip it’s been for the Flaming Lips. The beloved band has survived more than 20 years of musical upheaval while becoming the elder statesmen of experimental rock whose “Do You Realize??” was named the Oklahoma state rock song. The Lips sound stranger than ever thanks to a formula of less guitar, more drums, and trippy sounds. The blown-out beats and throbbing bass lines of “Worm Mountain” and “See the Leaves” show the Lips’ psychedelic side. Singer Wayne Coyne lends his trembling voice to “If” with the opening line “People are evil this is true/But they can be gentle if they decide.” It’s that weird innocence that makes the Lips so endearing.