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: 1995
  2. "This Here Giraffe"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Brainville"
    Released: 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.

"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.

After Ronald Jones left in 1996, very little of this album was played live over the years, but since May 2014, songs from the album have appeared in a majority of the band's setlists for the first time in many years, some of which the band had never even played while Ronald was in the band. On February 24, 2015, all the songs were performed live for the first time ever in celebration of 20 years of the album's release.

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


Cover versions[edit]

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


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