Glyph is worse than some and better than others. He believes that life is just one damned thing after another, that only pop music can save us now, and that mercy is the mark of a great man (but he's just all right). Nothing he writes here should be taken as an indication that he knows anything about anything.

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  1. Avatar D Clarity says:

    Boces is their real masterpiece. In a parallel universe almost completely indisinguishable from this one, it is the record Flaming Lips put out after Hit To Death In The Future Head.Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to D Clarity says:

      I have friends who rate Boces over Yerself, but to me they seem pretty much like flip sides of the same coin. Boces is maybe more…”consistent” isn’t the right word, because early MR’s all-over-the-placeness is sort of their thing, but maybe it’s a bit more solid. Still, the first one has “Chasing a Bee” and “Frittering” and “Car Wash Hair”, you can’t really argue with that (it also has one of the more annoying CD gimmicks ever, with “Very Sleepy Rivers” being divided up into 90 different tracks for no real reason).

      How do you rate See You On The Other Side? I have a friend who swears up and down by that one, but to me it is a such an unsatisfying midpoint between what they were and what they became that it just never grabbed me. I really like some of the post-Baker stuff (I think Deserter’s and Dream are both great, even though that version of MR is a much less chaotic thing) but that one just passes me by.Report

      • Avatar D Clarity in reply to Glyph says:

        Not a huge fan of See You On The Other Side, after Baker left they stopped being much of a “rock” band, same as Flaming Lips did after 1993 or so. After listening to some of Baker’s solo work, it must have been a “more than the sum of its parts” type band (again, like the Lips with Donahue and Nathan Roberts on drums).Report