The Soft Bulletin is the ninth album released by The Flaming Lips on May 17, 1999 in the UK, with a US release following on June 22, 1999. It was released to wide critical acclaim and hailed by critics as a departure from their previous guitar-heavy alternative rock sound, into a more layered and intricately arranged work. The album was considered to mark a change in the course for the band, with more traditional catchy melodies and accessible-sounding music (their previous album, 1997's Zaireeka, was a quadruple album of experimental sounds meant to be played on four separate stereo systems simultaneously) and lyrics that were more serious and thoughtful in content. The album was noted for its fusion of ordinary rock instruments, electronic beats and synthesizers. Its large, layered, symphonic sound has also earned it a reputation as the Pet Sounds of the 1990s from a few critics. The cover artwork of the album is a modified version of a photograph taken by Lawrence Schiller for a1966 Life magazine article on LSD. Read more on Last.fm.
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is the tenth studio album by The Flaming Lips, released by Warner Bros. Records on July 16, 2002, in the United Kingdom and the following day in the United States. It is characterized by electronic-influenced, psychedelic-tinged indie rock compositions. It has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Yoshimi was well-received critically and commercially, helping the band break into the mainstream. The album was adapted into a musical in 2012. It was announced in March 2007 that the album is to be made into a Broadway musical by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and director Des McAnuf.  Frontman Wayne Coyne said of the plot: “There's the real world and then there's this fantastical world. This girl, the Yoshimi character, is dying of something. And these two guys are battling to come visit her in the hospital. And as one of the boyfriends envisions trying to save the girl, he enters this other dimension where Yoshimi is this Japanese warrior and the pink robots are an incarnation of her disease. It's almost like the disease has to win in order for her soul to survive. Or something like that.” Read more on Last.fm.
At War with the Mystics is the eleventh album by the Flaming Lips. It was released on April 3, 2006, in international markets, and April 4, 2006, in the United States. The album is more guitar-driven and features more politically themed lyrics than The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. "The Wizard Turns On..." won a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The album was nominated for the Best Alternative Album Grammy. The 5.1 mix of the album was nominated for Best Surround Sound Album in 2008. The track "It Overtakes Me" has gained considerable interest, being featured as the soundtrack to a UK television commercial for Beck's beer, and "The W.A.N.D." has been used in European advertisements for Bud Light and for Dell Computers in the UK and the U.S. It includes a different mix of the song, "Mr. Ambulance Driver", which was originally used as part of the soundtrack to the 2005 film Wedding Crashers. Read more on Last.fm.
Embryonic is the twelfth studio album by experimental rock band The Flaming Lips released on October 13, 2009 on Warner Bros. It is the first double album to be released by the band, announced during an interview with the band's frontman Wayne Coyne, Somewhere along the way it occurred to me that we should do a double album... Just this idea that you can weave a couple of themes into there and you can sprawl a little bit. Several other artists made contributions to various tracks on the album. German mathematician Dr. Thorsten Wörmann contributed to the track "Gemini Syringes", psychedelic rock band MGMT contributed to the song "Worm Mountain", and Karen O (lead singer of the alternative rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs) contributed to the songs "I Can Be a Frog" and "Watching the Planets." Karen O's contributions were recorded by Wayne Coyne over the phone. Read more on Last.fm.
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends was a collaboration project that occurred over the span of 2010 and 2011. It was released in a limited 10,000 copy quantity on Record Store Day 2012. Heady Fwends, although a collaboration album is considered by The Flaming Lips a full album. Guests such as Ke$ha, Tame Impala, Bon Iver, Lightening Bolt and Nick Cave as well as many more appear on the album. Every vinyl copy of The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends was unique in color. There are also two version of the vinyl release; one where the Cyberman sample on "2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)" from Doctor Who is indeed an actual sample and another where Henry Rollins replicates the sample. The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends was also released on CD sometime after RSD 2012 and features an exclusive track with Ghostland Observatory, although the final track on the original Vinyl release "I Don't Want You To Die" featuring Christ Martin of Cold Play was removed from the CD release. Read more on Last.fm.