Hit to Death in the Future Head

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Hit to Death in the Future Head
Studio album by The Flaming Lips
Released August 11, 1992
Genre Alternative rock
Neo-psychedelia
Noise pop
Length 39:53
69:04 (CD version)
Label Warner Bros.
Producer The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann
The Flaming Lips chronology
In a Priest Driven Ambulance
(1990)
Hit to Death in the Future Head
(1992)
Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
(1993)
Singles from Hit to Death in the Future Head
  1. "Wastin Pigs EP"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Hit to Death in the Future Head is The Flaming Lips' fifth album and their debut album on Warner Bros. Records. It was released on August 5, 1992. It is also the first Flaming Lips album to receive a Parental Advisory warning.

"Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants to Live Forever)" was released as the lead track on the EP Yeah, I Know It's a Drag... But Wastin Pigs Is Still Radical to promote the album.

The title provided the inspiration for the name of the British band The Futureheads.

Recording and release[edit]

Recorded in 1991 by the same lineup that had featured on In a Priest Driven Ambulance, the album's release was delayed for nearly a year due to the use of a sample from Michael Kamen's score for the film Brazil in the track "You Have to Be Joking (Autopsy of the Devil's Brain)", which required a lengthy clearance process. During the intervening period, both Nathan Roberts and Jonathan Donahue left the band (the latter resuming his duties in Mercury Rev). By the time of the album's release both Steven Drozd and Ronald Jones had joined, and performed on the subsequent tour.

The album is known for its particularly long hidden track at the end of the CD, consisting of a continuous burst of staccato noise, panning from channel to channel, lasting for nearly a half hour. According to the band's website; "The CD features a joke eleventh track of a forty odd seconds loop repeating for about thirty-five minutes."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants to Live Forever)"   3:49
2. "Hit Me Like You Did the First Time"   3:41
3. "The Sun"   3:31
4. "Felt Good to Burn"   3:21
5. "Gingerale Afternoon (The Astrology of a Saturday)"   3:45
6. "Halloween on the Barbary Coast"   5:42
7. "The Magician vs. the Headache"   3:12
8. "You Have to Be Joking (Autopsy of the Devil's Brain)"   3:55
9. "Frogs"   4:28
10. "Hold Your Head"   4:24
11. "Untitled Hidden Track"   29:16
Total length:
69:04

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