Release Date: 11 August 2011
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Flaming Lips Telepathic Surgery Limited Edition Blue Vinyl 2LP Set
Telepathic Surgery is the third studio album by The Flaming Lips, released in 1989.
Telepathic Surgery began life as a concept album, the band initially set out to create a thirty minute sound collage. The plan was later scrapped; however, the remnants of this original idea are evident within the album’s loose, meandering structure and the epic “Hell’s Angel’s Cracker Factory”. The album is named after a line from The Flaming Lips song “Chrome Plated Suicide”.
“Chrome Plated Suicide” stands out as one of the group’s most accomplished early recordings, possibly due to being based on Guns N’ Roses’ critically acclaimed “Sweet Child o’ Mine”. Sub Pop asked the group to record “Drug Machine in Heaven” for their ‘single of the month’ series. It was retitled as “Drug Machine” and is the group’s first official single. The ‘A-side’ was backed with “Strychnine/What’s So Funny (About Peace, Love and Understanding)” a cover of both “Strychnine” by The Sonics and Peace, Love, and Understanding by Nick Lowe but based on the Elvis Costello and the Attractions cover version.
Telepathic Surgery was reissued in limited quantities in 2005 on blue vinyl. The reissue is on 3 sides and contains the bonus track “Hell’s Angels Cracker Factory”, a 23 minute song with backward vocals and long guitar solos. There is an etched image on the 4th side. The cover depicts promotional photos including the band standing in front of a staged fatal car crash. The inside sleeve contains a story about the early Lips by Michael Ivins, the bassist of the Flaming Lips.
1.Drug Machine in Heaven (2:11)
2.Right Now (3:55)
3.Michael, Time to Wake Up (0:30)
4.Chrome Plated Suicide (5:39)
5.Hari-Krishna Stomp Wagon (F*ck Led Zeppelin) (3:54)
6.Miracle on 42nd Street (2:36)
7.U.F.O Story (6:33)
8.Redneck School of Technology (2:55)
9.Shaved Gorilla (2:54)
10.The Spontaneous Combustion of John (0:52)
11.The Last Drop of Morning Dew (1:59)
12.Begs and Achin’ (4:17)
13.Hell’s Angel's Cracker Factory (23:02)