Wednesday 12 February 2020

#137 THE FLAMING LIPS - 30th Anniversary show, 2013 (Flac)

Steve Lamacq Show,
BBC Radio 6, 

Maida Vale Studios, London, England
May 23, 2013  

Like many fans I came to the Flaming Lips later in their career with the release of their ninth album, ‘The Soft Bulletin’ in 1999. My only previous recollection of the Lips was via their ‘hit’ single, She Don’t Use Jelly that MTV rotated heavily throughout 1993.

The band celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2013. The digital radio station, BBC 6 Music invited them to celebrate their anniversary with a series of programmes dedicated to the group. Beginning on Sunday 19 May, they were featured on ‘Now Playing’ BBC 6 Music’s, weekly show that allowed fans via social media to create a playlist of songs by or related to that week’s chosen artist. Songs selected ranged from renowned Lips favourites like, Yoshimi and She Don’t Use Jelly through The Beach Boys, God Only Knows (covered previously by the Lips) to tracks by friends and followers, MGMT and Tame Impala.

A week later on Sunday 26 May, Wayne Coyne presented his own ‘6 Music Playlist’ that attempted to cover the band’s 30 year career in just 60 minutes, and also play the music that has influenced the band, such as tracks from Gavin Bryars, The Beatles, The Beastie Boys and Madonna!

Between those two dates they performed a special live set for Steve Lamacq’s show, at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios in London on Thursday 23 May. The show was streamed and broadcast on digital radio. Fortunately for us a pre-broadcast source in FLAC was made available and circulated over the net. The quality is stunning and it’s one of the best live shows I have in my collection from any band. 

Steven Drozd talking to MTV a month before the show said: 

“We’re supposed to do 10 songs of 30 years of the Flaming Lips for the BBC, we’ll likely play Bag Full Of Thoughts (the opening track on the Lips’ debut EP, last played in 1985), Love Yer Brain (another ’80s gem, brought back to their setlists in 2006 but not played since), Moth In The Incubator (a standout from their breakthrough 1993 album ‘Transmission from the Satellite Heart’), a rearranged version of ‘Zaireeka’s’ Riding To Work In The Year 2025 and an orchestral style version of ‘The Soft Bulletin’ live standard Race for the Prize).” 

Tim Jones reviewed the show for Record Collector magazine, he wrote: 

“The sextet led by metallic-suited Wayne Coyne put on a visual and aural blitz, presaged by the frontman’s rumination on his vocal struggles with flu. Despite that, he and his cohorts soared on a 12-song, over-run set of 80 minutes, from their early days, through the percussive romp of Race For The Prize, and the closing, clap along, guitar distortion stomp of The WAND.

The psych-out Bag Full Of Thoughts screams, fuzz guitar and syn-drums contrasted with a premiere bow for the acoustic guitar/ piano musing, You Have To Be Joking, while Moth In The Incubator, with pulsing glo-lighting and strobes, was followed by the nursery rhyme like, She Don’t Use Jelly. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt 1 saw out the broadcast, before the rousing discordance of new cut, The Terror, and cosmic sing along of Do You Realize?”


On the day following the show, Darren Lee writing for The Quietus, was also captured by the appearance and performance by the lead singer, Wayne Coyne: 

“There’s a fine line to be trod between messianic space rock trailblazer and clapped-out acid casualty, and Wayne Coyne has frequently straddled it in his time fronting psychedelic rock eccentrics The Flaming Lips. Nevertheless, if he hasn’t escaped from three decades in the music industry entirely unscathed (at present he’s nursing the residual effects of a bout of flu, meaning his vocals sound reedier than usual), he’s certainly in better nick than a fair few of his contemporaries, radiating a rakish elegance on stage in his turquoise leather jacket and floral neck garland.” 

With so many anniversaries, especially of classic albums, celebrated enthusiastically by the music industry. You can become a bit blasé about them but this one is especially well worth celebrating. Such a long period together by any band, especially one that has never split up, albeit shed more than a few members along the way, is certainly worth commemorating and the reviewer reflects on the passing of time, noting the ages of the audience. 

“Many of the fans in the audience weren’t even born when the Oklahomans released their debut EP in 1984 – represented here by the full-throttle garage punk assault of Bag Full Of Thoughts. Love Yer Brain, from second album ‘Oh My Gawd!!!’ is an early prototype for the sort of cosmic meditation on the human condition with which The Flaming Lips were later to reap such acclaim (“so I guess I was right all along, reading Mad magazine,” the lyric ruefully concludes).

The mood turns unexpectedly poignant with elegiac ballad You Have to Be Joking, which is prefaced by Coyne’s despairing reflections upon the tornado that has ravaged the Lips’ hometown of Oklahoma City. After this sobering interlude, Moth In The Incubator showcases the band’s boundless sonic invention." 

Between songs, Coyne shares anecdotes against a backdrop of foreboding synth riffs. The second half of the set is comprised of more familiar material. The review continues: 

"After a reliably spine-tingling Do You Realize? we’re transported back to the present with the desolately beautiful title track from new album ‘The Terror’, with its Floydian flourishes, twitchy electronica and otherworldly dissonance. Many of the fans who were initially seduced by the accessible charms of ‘The Soft Bulletin’ and ‘Yoshimi’ will doubtless have been put off by the band’s recent leftfield lurch, and it has undoubtedly proved controversial. But, placed in the context of tonight’s dazzlingly eclectic and career-spanning set, it feels less like a retreat into obscurity than a necessary process of renewal. You don’t get to make it to thirty years in this business by resting on your laurels after all.”

Original Notes:
"Full quality download of the entire set sourced from the BBC master tape. Exceptional sound quality and setlist. Among the best live Lips audio recordings available.

The Flaming Lips gave one of their greatest radio performances in their history at this show. Fittingly, the program was a one-hour 30th anniversary Lips retrospective, including rare live performances of "Bag Full Of Thoughts" (first time since 1985), "Love Yer Brain" (second time since 2006), "Unconsciously Screamin'" (first time since 1996), "You Have To Be Joking" (third time since 1996), and "Moth In The Incubator" (first time since 1996)."


01. Intro by Steve Lamacq
02. Race For The Prize
03. Bag Full Of Thoughts
04. Love Yer Brain
05. Unconsciously Screamin'
06. You Have To Be Joking
07. Moth In The Incubator
08. She Don't Use Jelly
09. Riding To Work In The Year 2025
10. Waitin' For A Superman
11. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1
12. The Terror
13. Do You Realize??
14. The W.A.N.D.

15. Wayne Coyne Interview by Steve Lamacq

Line Up:
Wayne Coyne
Michael Ivins
Steven Drozd
Kliph Scurlock
Derek Brown

Thanks to surfingelectrode for circulating the show. 



The Terror Tour ran from:  March 9, 2013 to October 24, 2013

March 09  La Jolla CA - USA  La Jolla Playhouse  La Jolla Playhouse Gala 
March 14  Austin TX - USA  The Belmont  South By Southwest
March 15  Austin TX - USA  Auditorium Shores  South By Southwest 
March 29  Sao Paolo - Brazil  Jockey Club de Sao Paulo  Lollapalooza Brazil  

April 03  New York NY - USA  Ed Sullivan Theater  Late Show With David Letterman 
April 28  Kansas City MO - USA  Sprint Center  
April 29  Indianapolis IN - USA  Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 
April 30  Pittsburgh PA - USA  CONSOL Energy Center  
May 02  Atlanta GA - USA  Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood  
May 03  Nashville TN - USA  Bridgestone Arena
May 04  Chattanooga TN - USA  Track 29  
May 05  Memphis TN - USA  Tom Lee Park  Beale Street Music Festival 
May 10  Napa CA - USA  Napa Valley Expo  Bottle Rock Festival 
May 15  New York NY - USA  GE Building At Rockefellar Plaza  Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 
May 16  Montclair NJ - USA  Wellmont Theatre
May 17  Brooklyn NY - USA  Prospect Park  The Great GoogaMooga 

May 20  London - England  Roundhouse  
May 21  London - England  Roundhouse  
May 22  Brighton - England  Brighton Dome Concert Hall  Brighton Festival 
May 24  Paris - France  La Grande Halle De La Villette  
May 25  Düdingen - Switzerland  Bad Bonn  Bad Bonn Kilbi   
June 14  Hultsfred - Sweden   
June 15  Aarhus - Denmark   Northside Festival 

July 11  Raleigh NC - USA  Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek  
July 12  Simpsonville SC - USA  Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
July 13  Louisville KY - USA  Waterfront Park  Forecastle Festival 
July 15  Wallingford CT - USA  Oakdale Theatre  
July 16  Pittsburgh PA - USA  Stage AE  
July 17  Lewiston NY - USA  Artpark  
July 23  Oklahoma City OK - USA  Chesapeake Energy Arena  Rock For Oklahoma 
July 25  Salt Lake City UT - USA  Pioneer Park  
July 27  Troutdale OR - USA  Edgefield Amphitheater
July 28  Seattle WA - USA  Pike Street  Capitol Hill Block Party
July 30  Reno NV - USA  Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
July 31  Costa Mesa CA - USA  Pacific Amphitheatre  OC Fair
Aug 01  Las Vegas NV - USA  House of Blues  Bud Light Music First 50-50-1 

Aug 17  Omaha NE - USA  Aksarben Village  Maha Music Festival 
Sep 06  Isle of Wight - England  Robin Hill County Park  Bestival 
Sep 07  Stekene - Belgium  Groeneputte  Crammerock Festival 

Sep 30  Boston MA - USA  Agganis Arena  
Oct 01  New York NY - USA  Terminal 5 
Oct 02  New York NY - USA  Terminal 5
Oct 03  Philadelphia PA - USA  Festival Pier At Penn's Landing
Oct 04  Columbia MD - USA  Merriweather Post Pavilion 
Oct 21  Tokyo - Japan  Akasaka Blitz  
Oct 22  Tokyo - Japan  Akasaka Blitz
Oct 23  Osaka - Japan  Namba-Hatch
Oct 24  Nagoya - Japan  Club Diamond Hall

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