The Flaming Lips (formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983) are an idiosyncratic and acclaimed American alternative rock band.
Although the Flaming Lips take an indie rock/post-punk approach to rock music, the band is known for their lush, multi-layered, psychedelic arrangements and their spacey lyrics and bizarre song titles (for example, "Pilot Can at the Queer of God" from their 1993 album Transmissions from the Satellite Heart). They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows featuring fursuits, balloons, puppets, video projections and complex stage light configurations. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the "50 bands to see before you die".
The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they scored a hit in 1993 with "She Donâ€™t Use Jelly". Although it has been their only hit single in the U.S., the band has maintained critical respect and, to a lesser extent, commercial viability through albums such as 1999â€™s The Soft Bulletin and 2002â€™s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. T...
|years active||1983 – Present|
|music genre||Alternative rock, Indie rock|
|current members|| Wayne Coyne|