Half Notes: The Flaming Lips – Flight Test EP (2003)

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The Flaming Lips are an odd band. A pretty unique blend of art rock and nearly bubblegum pop. When I first heard The Soft Bulletin it made me stop to wonder: just what is this stuff? What struck me immediately was the nearly John Bohnam-like drumming … odd in this context. In any event, this little EP is a gem. In addition to “Flight Test,” it’s got bizarre (“Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” – Kylie Minogue) and not so bizarre (“Knives Out” – Radiohead) covers, a couple of new tunes (including the hilarious “Thank You Jack White [For The Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me]). There are also a couple of videos: “Flight Test” and the trailer for the Flaming Lips movie “Christmas On Mars”. But best of all is the cover of “The Golden Age”. Very cool.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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