Clouds Taste Metallic

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Clouds Taste Metallic
Studio album by The Flaming Lips
Released September 19, 1995
Genre Alternative rock, noise pop, neo-psychedelia
Length 47:31
Label Warner Bros.
Producer The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann
The Flaming Lips chronology
Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
Clouds Taste Metallic
Singles from Clouds Taste Metallic
  1. "Bad Days"
    Released: October 1995
  2. "This Here Giraffe"
    Released: February 1996
  3. "Brainville"
    Released: August 1996
Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
NME 5/10[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]
Spin 7/10[5]

Clouds Taste Metallic is the seventh album by the band The Flaming Lips, released on September 19, 1995. It is the last Flaming Lips album featuring guitarist Ronald Jones, and the last album presenting the group as a guitar-driven, alternative rock band.

It was projected to be their first commercially successful release after the major success of "She Don't Use Jelly" from their previous album. Despite an alternative mix of "Bad Days" earning a spot on the soundtrack to Batman Forever, this album failed to garner the same commercial success that was generated with Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, but over the years since then, it's been regarded as one of their best releases among critics and fans, much like later releases that have helped define the success they have today, and has achieved cult status among fans who are very much into the Ronald Jones era of the group. The album's recording is heavily featured in the Fearless Freaks documentary.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" 3:38
2. "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles" 3:27
3. "Placebo Headwound" 3:40
4. "This Here Giraffe" 3:46
5. "Brainville" 3:13
6. "Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World" 4:29
7. "When You Smile" 3:13
8. "Kim's Watermelon Gun" 3:21
9. "They Punctured My Yolk" 4:21
10. "Lightning Strikes the Postman" 2:50
11. "Christmas at the Zoo" 3:06
12. "Evil Will Prevail" 3:45
13. "Bad Days" (Aurally Excited Version) 4:38

Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic[edit]

On December 18, 2015, Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic: 1994-1997 was released, which contained a three-CD or five-LP compilation including the album, the 1994 odds-and-ends EP Due to High Expectations... The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles for Your Balloons, a previously unreleased concert called Psychiatric Exploration Of The Fetus With Needles (Live In Seattle 1996), and a further rarities collection titled The King Bug Laughs. The CD only release also contains an original comic written and illustrated by Wayne Coyne. The vinyl reissue of Clouds Taste Metallic contains autographs signed by Wayne Coyne, and the deluxe edition contains a bundle of several out of print posters & T-shirts of the band that were originally available at concerts on their tour in 1995-1996 in support of Clouds Taste Metallic. Also included are digital downloads for songs such as the 1996 live versions of "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles" and "Put The Waterbug In The Policeman's Ear", studio versions of both said songs, and two additional studio recordings of "Hot Day", which was recorded for the soundtrack to the 1996 film subUrbia, and "Chosen One", which is a cover of Smog.


Alternate versions[edit]

"They Punctured My Yolk" was sampled on Beastie Boys' To the 5 Boroughs album in the song "We Got The." As part of Record Store Day 2016, an alternate mix of Clouds Taste Metallic featuring ex-Flaming Lips guitarist Ronald Jones was released.

Cover versions[edit]

"Lightning Strikes the Postman" was covered by Scottish rock band Aereogramme on their album Seclusion.


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Clouds Taste Metallic – The Flaming Lips". AllMusic. Retrieved May 3, 2018. 
  2. ^ Sutherland, Mark (September 30, 1995). "The Flaming Lips: Clouds Taste Metallic". NME: 55. 
  3. ^ Weisel, Al (November 2, 1995). "Clouds Taste Metallic". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 3, 2018. 
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (2004). "The Flaming Lips". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 300. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ Arnold, Gina (November 1995). "The Flaming Lips: Clouds Taste Metallic". Spin. 11 (8): 126. Retrieved May 3, 2018.