September 23, 2017

The Flaming Lips - Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993)


Transmissions From The Satellite Heart is one of The Flaming Lips' most straight up rock-driven albums. I haven't even fully listened to half the records in their discography, but I can at least tell you that this album is different from the psychier, MercuryRev-esque early stuff and the synthesized/orchestral styles they'd work with later in the 90s and into the new millennium. Other than the vocals, the neo-psychedelia tag isn't completely assumed for this album. Be my guest if you want to consider the noisy guitar squalls and shrieks on these songs psychedelic, but I don't see it that way. Transmissions is like a Pavement album, but a lot louder and with better overall lyricism. The drumming and how it's mixed is a highlight that boosts the album to classic level--really reminds me of the poppier Dinosaur Jr songs and of course Weezer. I'm not sure if I can call Transmissions cheerful since there's some weirdo catharsis to be heard, but it's also certainly not the average sulking 90s record. The request etched into the CD artwork to 'please play all songs at maximum volume' isn't there to be cute; the album honestly gets a whole lot better if you crank it.

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Transmissions From The Satellite Heart