The Lips continued their spaced-out journey with their 3rd album, Telepathic Surgery, in 1989. Next to Oh My Gawd!, this is definately one of the weirdest Lips albums. The cover is also priceless: a man standing in front of a barren field, holding a hubcap to his face.
The stand-out tracks include:
1. the brief but strange "Spontaneous Combustion Of John" and "Shaved Gorilla"
2. the hilarious "UFO Story" where Wayne tells the band about his encounters with UFOs as a kid, complete with a beautiful piano ballad stuck right in the middle.
3. "Chrome-Plated Suicide", which deserved to be a chart-topper
4. The 25-minute plus epic "Hell's Angel's Cracker Factory", which contains endless guitar and drum solos, backwards vocal samples, an opera singer, motorcycles revving, an answering machine, tape loops, and more. Worth the price of the CD alone. It also never appeared on the vinyl or cassette version, and never even was released as a single!
If you're looking to dive into the world of the Lips, here's a good place to start. Buy it, as Wayne would sing, "Right noooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!" :-)