Album of the Day
Transmissions From The Satellite Heart
Many of the bands that took cues from 1960s psychedelia could be termed copyists, but Oklahoma's Flaming Lips adopted the era's anything-goes experimentalism without any of its cliches. The group's second Warner Bros. album (and sixth overall), TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE SATELLITE HEART, plants out-there lyrics worthy of Roky Erikson in a soundscape where noisy guitar squawk, dreamy acoustic passages and catchy hooks coexist happily. The album even spun off a couple of singles, "Turn It On" and "She Don't Use Jelly" (which became a radio hit after being featured on MTV's Beavis And Butt-Head). This is Lips leader Wayne Coyne's birthday; we'll wish him a happy one by giving another spin to one of his band's very best.