Clouds Taste Metallic

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Clouds Taste Metallic
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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
(1993)
Clouds Taste Metallic
(1995)
Zaireeka
(1997)
Singles from Clouds Taste Metallic
  1. "Bad Days"
    Released: October 1995
  2. "This Here Giraffe"
    Released: February 1996
  3. "Brainville"
    Released: August 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
NME (5/10)[2]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

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.

After Ronald Jones left in 1996, songs from this album were rarely played live over the years, but since summer 2014, they've been played during lots of their live shows alongside their general post Soft Bulletin material for the first time in many years. On February 24, 2015, the entire album was performed live for the first time ever, including songs that were never played live when Ronald was in the band, and on December 18, 2015, a compilation of material surrounding the album's release called Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997 was also released.

Alternate versions[edit]

"They Punctured My Yolk" was sampled on Beastie Boys' To the 5 Boroughs album in the song "We Got The." The album's recording is featured heavily in the documentary The Fearless Freaks.

An alternate mix of "Bad Days" had previously been released on the EP Due to High Expectations... The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles for Your Balloons and the Batman Forever soundtrack.

As part of Record Store Day 2016, an alternate mix of the Clouds Taste Metallic album called "Lightning Strikes The Postman" (featuring ex-Flaming Lips guitarist, Ronald Jones) was released. The CD only release also contains an original comic written and illustrated by Wayne Coyne.


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

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Sutherland, Mark. "Review: The Flaming Lips - Clouds Taste Metallic". NME. IPC Media (September 30, 1995): 55. 
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