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Transmissions ...

the Flaming Lips Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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1. Turn It On
2. Pilot Can At The Queer Of God
3. Oh My Pregnant Head
4. She Don't Use Jelly
5. Chewin The Apple Of My Eye
6. Superhumans
7. Be My Head
8. Moth In The Incubator
9. ******* [Plastic Jesus]
10. When Yer Twenty-Two
11. Slow Nerve Action

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For so long, The Flaming Lips were indie-rock's Least Likely To's. For more than 10 years, these ever-shifting American psychedelists made some of the oddest records known to man or beast. And with 1993's Transmissions From The Satelite Heart they had their first hit. "She Don't Use Jelly", the hit in question, is accessible fuzz-guitar psyche-rock; indeed, by Flaming Lips standards, Transmissions... is comparatively normal. True, it still includes songs called "Oh My Pregnant Head (Labia In The Sunlight)" and "Pilotcan At The Queer Of God", but despite the ever-present perverse streaks, the glorious, celebratory crunch of "When Yer Twenty-Two" is the sound of The Flaming Lips finally embracing their listener. Transmissions From The Satellite Heart proved the detractors wrong--this is an album of incandescent loveliness and chemically-assisted good humour. --Louis Pattison

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Lips Record I've Heard June 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
The first album of the Lips I heard was Yoshimi, followed by The Soft Bulletin, and then Transmissions From The Satellite Heart. After being disappointed by the Soft Bulletin I was a little bit hesitant in picking up another album of theirs. But I'm very glad I did. Transmissions shows that once upon a time the Flaming Lips could really rock, power chords and all. Yes, unlike future albums this one has plenty of grueling guitar and its all for the better, it makes it a lot more edgy. Wayne Coyne's voice is probably at the roughest I've heard it but it doesn't really matter because they fit in with the hard, rough tunes. The whole album has a bit of a Western flair to it as shown in Chewin the Apple Of Your Eye. The song is like a western ballad in the same vein as later Velvet Underground or a much better Bright Eyes, Coyne's crackling, rough voice though manages to make the song much more tragic than Bulletin's and Yoshimi's bombastic ballads. This also has the Lips only break into MTV airplay, with the song She Don't Use Jelly. The song seems to be a bit of a predessesor for the Soft Bulletin and has some very humorous lyrics. The real highlight of this album has to be When Yer Twenty-Two. It shows the Lips at the heighth of their artistry and catchiness in this period. Be My Head has an abundance of a Lip's staple, really dumb lyrics. But again, like usual this isn't a problem for them due to the great melody. Really though there isn't a weak point in this album and it doesn't let up at all throughout. I really hope that the Lips have the chops to match this album sometime in the future, and I think with the originality of Coyne they just might...
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Grower Feb. 29 2004
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
In the early 90's, it was possible for all sorts of strange bands to be signed to major labels. With noise-mongers ranging from the dark post-punk of Sonic Youth to the chaotic bursts insanity from The Boredoms, it seemed as if perhaps these strange, but wonderful artists might gain more exposure. Sadly, this wasn't the case, but it was still interesting to see records like The Flaming Lips' Transmissions From The Satellite Heart released by a giant corporation (Warner Bros. in this case). Strangely enough, Transmissions is a less accessible record than the Lips' major label debut Hit To Death In The Future Head, although Transmissions features the Lips' fluke hit "She Don't Use Jelly." To anyone who bought this for the strange, yet sunny "Jelly," they were possibly taken aback by the manipulated guitar fuzz, tape loops, and lo-fi acoustic excursions. There are a few pop gems in the vein of "Jelly" including "Turn It Up" and "Superhumans," but songs like "Oh My Pregnant Head" and "Slow Nerve Action" as as bizarre as their titles may suggest. While Hit To Death... had some interesting orchestral touches melded in with the abundance of guitar noise, Transmissions is a much more stripped-down affair, focusing on creating an atmosphere that perhaps not surprisingly hints at mind-altering substances. Transmissions From The Satellite Heart is an artistic statement by one of the nineties' most relentlessly creative bands, not just an album of weird filler book-ending a hit single. It's too bad nobody really started to realize just how brilliant the Lips were until The Soft Bulletin. Fans of new Flaming Lips work might be a tad confused, but it's a fun ride for anyone who thought maybe the Meat Puppets and The Jesus And Mary Chain should have jammed together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my truly formative albums April 14 2003
By Matt L
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd in 1995 when i was a kid in 5th grade, trying desperately to fit in. Another kid who was, at the time, an authority on what was cool, told me a little bit about a new CD that he thought was great. Of course, i rushed out and bought it. This was a rare instance of where the trendsetter actually knew what he was talking about.
It is absolutely one of the greatest albums I have ever owned. Certainly in contention for my favorite. Most rock snobs like me can pinpoint the album or a couple albums that truly solidified music as the thing that interested them. For me, this is that album. Somehow, even then, having only listened to the oldies that my parents played on the radio, I was completely absorbed by how unique the sound is. It is an exercise in contrast, between layers of nearly-unlistenable (in that beautiful, irresistible way) noise, and a guitar and vocals with the mid way up and the bass and treble way down. Just like it's on a radio. By the way, I find that one of the most interesting themes in rock music is the band's relationship and treatment of the radio and its place in music and history. This disc can be regarded, I think, as a concept album with this theme at the core. Think the quality of Elvis Costello's "Radio, Radio," and you get the idea.
It is an amazing combination of folk-rock, fuzz-rock and the wonderful 80s indie scene; one that is sensitive and reverent to the traditions of each. It shows pangs of the electronic, avant-garde folk rock that the Lips would become, as evident on Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, but is more grounded in that sort of mid-90s neo-classic rock thing that was going on.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Flaming crap
In writing this review, I first searched my mind for something good to say about this band. I managed to think of one good thing, they have a decent name. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by groovish_wonder
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly standard early-90's fare from a truly inventive band
Distorted guitars and early 90's dynamics (LOUD-quiet-LOUD) make Transmissions from the Satellite Heart sound dated. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by "nottedatall"
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good It's Ridiculous
The Flaming Lips are, and have always been, American originals. This LP is no exception: it's noisy, goofy, strange, catchy, unpredictable and thoroughly entertaining. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by David Vinson
3.0 out of 5 stars There are better Flaming Lips albums
In comparison to "Clouds taste Metalic" I'd say this album is lacking in overall musicality that it's predecesor had. Read more
Published on June 29 2003 by saserfrac
5.0 out of 5 stars Meatpuppets & galaxie 500
I have had to put this CD away, so I don't ruin it for myself. I was playing it so much. As my first taste of the Flaming Lips, this was fantastic. Read more
Published on April 11 2003 by wildfish
2.0 out of 5 stars Lips have done better...
As a huge Lips fan, i can easily say that this is not the band at their best. It has She Don't Use Jelly, and a few other great songs (my favourite is Pilot Can) but most of these... Read more
Published on April 10 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm really confused
I bought this CD many years ago after seeing part of the "She don't use Jelly" during a Beavis and Butthead episode. I thought that it was a silly but cool sounding song. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Still in my CD player
This album hasn't left my CD player for more than a week at a time in the seven years since I first heard of the Flaming Lips on Beavis and Butthead. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Lips good enough to kiss...
I bought this used on cassette 2 years ago... I was prompted by a mildly fond memory of She Don't Use Jelly, you know the song where it goes, " she uses Va-a-a-se-line, she uses... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2002 by Gordon Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars "it's like @ the circus, when you get lost in the crowd..."
A work colleague yesterday said they were playing She Don't Use Jelly on the local MTV clone channel V as if it were some new hip thing for the kids. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2002 by Funkmeister G
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