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
Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997 cover.
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.

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. In recent years, Wayne Coyne himself has also opened up on how proud he is of the album, which all led into some retrospective promotion of the album on its 20th anniversary.

CD 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

20th Anniversary[edit]

First Avenue[edit]

In 2014, 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 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 many years after Ronald Jones left the group. Up to this point, 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 album. On December 30th & 31st at the The Warfield, more songs would end up being played live in preparation for their 20th anniversary concert at First Avenue.[6]

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.

Side One
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
Side Two
No. Title Length
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
Side Three
No. Title Length
14. "Bad Days" 4:35
15. "Jets Part 2 (My Two Days as an Ambulance Driver)" 3:50
16. "Ice Drummer" 4:25
17. "Put the Waterbug in the Policeman's Ear" 5:20
18. "Chewin' the Apple of Yer Eye" 5:26
Side Four
No. Title Length
19. "Chosen One" (Live) 7:28
20. "Little Drummer Boy" (Live) 5:28
21. "Slow Nerve Action" (Live) 7:33
Side Five
No. Title Length
22. "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" (Live) 7:25
23. "Unconsciously Screamin'" (Live) 4:21
24. "Take Meta Mars" (Live) 4:26
Side Six
No. Title Length
25. "Moth in the Incubator" (Live) 6:49
26. "Put The Waterbug In The Policeman’s Ear" (Live) 6:04
27. "Lightning Strikes the Postman" (Live) 3:28
Side Seven
No. Title Length
28. "Bad Days" (Live) 5:26
29. "She Don't Use Jelly" (Live) 3:48
30. "Chewin' the Apple of Your Eye" (Live) 6:42
31. "When You Smile" (Live) 5:37
Side Eight
No. Title Length
32. "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles" (Live) 9:35
33. "Love Yer Brain" (Live) 5:11
34. "Placebo Headwound" (Live) 4:44
Side Nine
No. Title Length
35. "It Was a Very Good Year" 3:56
36. "Sun Arise" 5:20
37. "Life on Mars?" 4:04
38. "Ballroom of Mars" (T.Rex cover) 4:29
Side Ten
No. Title Length
39. "Hot Day" 1:41
40. "Nobody Told Me" 3:49
41. "Magician vs. the Headache" 3:39
42. "She Don't Use Jelly (Live at KJ103)" 3:33

Personnel[edit]

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.

References[edit]