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|8. Man From Pakistan|
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Deluxe re-issue on clear vinyl of the first full-length album by one of the most well loved and influential bands of the past 25 years. Following in the grand tradition of other great Southwestern psych bands such as 13th Floor Elevators and The Red Krayola, The Flaming Lips first act mixed punk, country & western, psychedelia, goth, and pure bar-band rock and roll into their own curious creation on classics such 'Jesus Shootin Heroin,' 'Trains, Brains, & Rain,' and 'Charlie Manson Blues. Sharing the weird, slanted pop sensibility of contemporaries like Meat Puppets and Butthole Surfers, this early masterpiece continues to influence bands to this day. Plain Recordings. 2005.
Top Customer Reviews
Overall, nothing to warp your mind, but still worth getting, for historical reasons, and a must for any diehard Lips fan such as myself. And check out the album cover: gotta love Wayne's Julius Erving afro. He sure looks angry, too...
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Song by song:
1 With You ***
2 Unplugged **
3 Trains, Brains & Rain ***
4 Jesus Shootin' Heroin ***
5 Just Like Before **
6 She Is Death **
7 Charlie Manson Blues ***
8 Man from Pakistan ***
9 Godzilla Flick **
10 Staring at Sound / With You (Reprise) ***
This in no way compares to the sugar-coated stuff the masses are buying up, simply put...it's better.
But that doesn't mean all of it's bad. No, no, no. Some of this is great stuff. "With You" starts off very quietly, with some nice little noodling and a very simple melody with very basic lyrics... But the chorus climaxes with wailing guitars (And it doesn't matter that they don't know how to play, because the feedback just makes it sound good!) and gives the song some diversity.
After the song makes its quiet exit, the next song starts off very suddenly with a catchy punk/garage riff. Come to think of it, this whole album kind of sounds like a sixties' tribute with some sonic punk noise pulling it through the eighties. The third track has to be my favorite by far, though. Very catchy, and has jangly guitars accompanying the searing (once again, punky) electric guitar. In fact, the jangly acoustic could be considered a heavily played folk tune...
Although, after "Jesus Shootin' Heroin", there is not much more diversity on this album, except for "Godzilla Flick", which is a pretty, but a little bit bland, acoustic ditty. "Jesus Shootin' Heroin" is quite the pretentious, but with good reason, seven-minute religion-questioning rocker, which really could have used some time shaven off. So this is where The Flaming Lips start showing their artistic talent by making some good songs along with a few mediocre without really knowing what they're doing. They've found ways to cover up the fact that they're still learning by playing quickly or pasting distortion all over the place. The Flaming Lips only go up from here, but this is a promising start.