To mark their 30th anniversary, The Flaming Lips recently dusted off two early releases: 1984’s The Flaming Lips 1st EP and 1983’s The Flaming Lips 2nd Cassette Demo. As its title suggests, the latter is a rare demo that “captures the group in a transition from its primitive shambolic drug-damaged punk-pop to the primitive shambolic drug-damaged hallucinogenic cosmic brother death rock heard on the [The Flaming Lips] 1st EP,” according to a press release.
Last month for Record Store Black Friday, 20 7-inch vinyl pressings of 2nd Cassette Demo were sold at the band’s own Dwelling Spaces / The Womb in Oklahoma City. Further copies were distributed at select record stores across the country as part of Wayne Coyne’s recent “Record Store Tour”. Now, the four tracks featured on 2nd Cassette Demo have been made available online thanks to The Future Heart.
The demo has been remastered by Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock with new artwork by Coyne’s nephew, Dennis. These four tracks have never before seen release in any form, but now you can stream the whole thing below. The punk sound is certainly unlike what most of us know the Lips as, whether that be “She Don’t Use Jelly” or the year end ranking The Terror.
The Flaming Lips 2nd Cassette Demo Tracklist:
01. The Flaming Lips Theme Song 1983
02. The Future is Gone
03. Underground Pharmacist
04. Real Fast Words
During his Record Store Tour, Coyne was also hocking 100 reissued copies of The Flaming Lips 1st EP on 12″ “cerebrospinal fluid” colored vinyl house with a white chocolate life-sized skull and edible brain. Inside the brain was a special gold coin granting the possessor access to any upcoming Flaming Lips headlining show. (1,000 red and 1,000 green copies of the same 12″ are currently available in select stores, minus the skull and golden coin.) If you happen to own one of these coins, you may want to check out the tour dates below. There are only three non-festival dates currently on schedule, but expect more soon.
The Flaming Lips 1st EP Tracklist:
01. Bag Full of Thoughts
02. Out for a Walk
03. Garden of Eyes/Forever is a Long Time
04. Scratching the Door
05. My Own Planet
The Flaming Lips 2014 Tour Dates:
12/29 – Broomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center
12/30 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
12/31 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
01/10 – Squaw Valley, CA @ The Last Chair Festival
01/26 – Riviera Maya, Mexico @ My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday
01/27 – Riviera Maya, Mexico @ My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday
01/28 – Riviera Maya, Mexico @ My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday
01/29 – Riviera Maya, Mexico @ My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday
01/30 – Riviera Maya, Mexico @ My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday
03/08 – Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla Music Festival
03/21 – New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music + Art Project
03/22 – New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music + Art Project