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THE FLAMING LIPS Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993 German pressed 11-track CD album including the singles She Dont Use Jelly and Turn It On picture sleeve)
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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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.Read more ›
It took another twenty-five years, but finally, FINALLY another rock band figured out a new and inventive way to use stereo: instead of making the sound go AROUND the listener, it literally passes THROUGH them. Don't believe me? Listen to the first track, "Turn It On." It starts out as a nice, listenable jangle-pop tune. Wait for it...wait for it...THERE! That pounding electric guitar that comes out of nowhere? THAT's innovation. Or how about track two? Quick, listen to close to the end, as the music fades out. Ahhh, the singing voice is there but the music's not! Oh wait, there it is, under piles and piles of muting!
Jim DeRogatis was 100% right when he said this would've been 60's head music. But it doesn't matter what it might have been; it matters what it IS: one giant, amazingly catchy, and brilliant effort.
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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 morePublished on July 1 2004 by groovish_wonder
Distorted guitars and early 90's dynamics (LOUD-quiet-LOUD) make Transmissions from the Satellite Heart sound dated. Read morePublished on June 13 2004
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Paul H.
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 morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by David Vinson
In comparison to "Clouds taste Metalic" I'd say this album is lacking in overall musicality that it's predecesor had. Read morePublished on June 29 2003 by saserfrac
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 morePublished on April 11 2003 by wildfish
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 morePublished on April 10 2003
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 morePublished on Feb. 21 2003 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on Jan. 26 2003