20 Years of Weird: Flaming Lips 1986–2006

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20 Years of Weird: Flaming Lips 1986-2006
Compilation album by The Flaming Lips
Released March 27, 2006 (U.K.)
Recorded 1986–2006
Genre Indie rock
Length 67:24
Label Warner Bros.
Producer The Flaming Lips and Various
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (6.0/10) [1]

20 Years of Weird: Flaming Lips 1986–2006 is an updated version of the free compilation CD given away at the SXSW Film premier of the The Flaming Lips documentary "The Fearless Freaks", a film by Bradley Beesley. It is a predominantly live compilation, recorded throughout the career of the Flaming Lips (between 1986 and 2003), though the first three tracks are recorded in the studio. These are: the introduction by Wayne Coyne, "Free Radicals" from the current album At War with the Mystics and "Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear", a previously unavailable track.

Some notable tracks contained on this compilation are "Shine on Sweet Jesus", a track recorded live with a short lived line-up which included Jonathan Donahue (of Mercury Rev), and current Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, also of Mercury Rev. There is also a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" (sung with the lyrics "Whole Lotta Satan"), which is played before "Cant Stop the Spring". The track "Sleeping on the Roof" is a live recording from the Flaming Lips' "Parking Lot Experiments" in 1996, where the band got some of their fans to play pre-recorded tapes (of music by the band) in their car stereos simultaneously.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Waynes Intro.."Smoking a "J" with the Fearless Freaks"   2:13
2. "Free Radicals"   3:39
3. "Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear"   5:04
4. "With You"   3:29
5. "Whole Lotta Love/Can't Stop the Spring"   5:50
6. "Shine on Sweet Jesus"   5:36
7. "Space Age Love Song"   3:59
8. "Moth in the Incubator"   5:37
9. "When You Smile/Psychiatric Explorations Of The Fetus With Needles^"   12:05
10. "Sleeping on the Roof"   14:31
11. "The Observer"   5:15

^ = Not mentioned on CD Tracklist.

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  1. ^ Matt LeMay; April 16, 2006 (2006-04-16). "The Flaming Lips: 20 Years of Weird: Flaming Lips 1986-2006 | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchforkmedia.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14.