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
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
NME (5/10)[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]

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. This album also serves as a transition between their rockier earlier efforts, and the type of sound that would help push the group into commercial and critical territories that came into play with The Soft Bulletin nearly four years after this album's release.

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 it would eventually go on to earn a substantial cult following amongst their devoted fans. Wayne Coyne has also revealed how admirably fond he is of the album in recent years.

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.

20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic[edit]

First Avenue[edit]

After being absent from their live shows for nearly two decades following Ronald Jones's departure, the band decided to try out the songs live again after Wayne and Steven witnessed some live footage of them playing the opening track The Abandoned Hospital Ship in 1996 with Christmas Light back drops which Wayne described as: "We saw a video from around I think 1996 when we were doing the big Christmas Light back drops. And there was a video going around of us playing ‘Abandoned Hospital Ship’ where when all the Christmas lights would explode. Cause Steven had played drums on that and we thought, ‘Why don’t we just try that?’ Literally the first time we tried that it really worked. It wasn’t really connected to Clouds Taste Metallic being 20 years old, but I think all those things did start to combine.”[5] With a lineup consisting of seven members at this point, the band was able to give these songs the proper live treatment that had been missing for so many years after Ronald Jones left the group. Prior to doing this, Wayne and Steven felt that it could not have been done justice to play the songs themselves without him in the band, since much of the album's expansive guitar driven sound came directly from him, and it would've required a large amount of new members to replicate everything that was played on the record. The following year, more songs would end up being played live in preparation for their 20th anniversary concert at First Avenue.[6]


In December 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 further rarities collection titled 'The King Bug Laughs', and a previously unreleased concert recorded in Seattle in 1996. 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.

Potential new documentary[edit]

Wayne has also hinted at the possibility of a brand new documentary that highlights the experience he and Steven Drozd had making this album, and in general also highlighting the time spent working with Ronald Jones and his unique sound he brought to the group during this period, but nothing as of yet as surfaced on when or if it will be a done deal.

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.