After being in the music business for more than 30 years, many bands are content to slow down just a little bit.
This is not true of the Flaming Lips.
Fresh off collaborating with Miley Cyrus on her experimental Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, Wayne Coyne and the gang have announced the release of Heady Nuggs 20 Year After the Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997. This box set contains three discs consisting of their breakthrough seventh album, Clouds Taste Metallic, as well as rarities and live tracks recording from 1994-1997.
Clouds Taste Metallic is considered one of the best the band has to offer, earning rave reviews from music critics through the years. Compared to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds by All-Music, this album was rarely heard played live by the band after the departure of guitarist Ronald Jones. It wasn’t until this last February that this album was played live in its entirety.
Heady Nuggs will be released in several mediums. The digital and CD versions will see the light of day on November 27th. This will be followed by a five LP Standard as well as a Deluxe vinyl version on December 18th. Fans can head to the official Flaming Lips website to purchase an exclusive numbered and colored vinyl version autographed by lead singer Wayne Coyne and packaged with three t-shirts and three posters originally sold during the Clouds-era. In addition, all pre-orders will receive downloadable rare tracks leading up to the release.
As if this weren’t enough Flaming Lips news, the band has recorded a special edition Christmas 7” single with Yoko Ono comprising of “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” and “Atlas Eets Christmas.” This will be available December 11th with a special edition white vinyl version available for preorder now from Chimera Music.
Those hoping to catch the Flaming Lips live can find them nearby soon:
Shows with Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz and special guest Dan Deacon
Nov 19 Chicago, IL Riviera
Nov 21 Detroit, MI Fillmore
Nov 27 Washington, DC Echostage
Nov 28 New York, NY Terminal 5
Dec 05 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Dec 06 Boston, MA House Of Blues
Dec 14 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theater
Dec 19 Los Angeles The Wiltern
Shows featuring just the Flaming Lips
Dec 31 San Francisco, CA The Big One – Bill Graham Auditorium
Jan 8 Melbourne, AUS Palais Theatre
Jan 9 Sydney, AUS Sydney Festival
Jan 11 Auckland, NZ Echo Festival
Jan 15 Hobart, Tasmania AUS MONA FOMA
Mar 12 Bogata, Columbia Estero Pacific Festival