The Flaming Lips
Hit To Death In The Future Head


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
August 2nd, 2005 | 15 replies | 9,321 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


Released in 1992, just before their breakthrough record, Transmissions From The Satellite Heart, Hit To Death In The Future Head represents an important part of The Flaming Lips' career. As the first record they made after being signed to Warner Brothers, Hit To Death In The Future Head presents a more mature view on the early sound of the band.

The Flaming Lips

Wayne Coyne - Vocals, Guitar
Michael Ivins - Bass
Nathan Roberts - Drums
Jonathon Donahue - Technician

After their well known classic, In A Priest Driven Ambulance, The Flaming Lips signed to Warner Brothers and made what was to be their final record with Jonathon Donahue. Donahue was once a full time member of The Flaming Lips, but left after Hit To Death to pursue his efforts in Mercury Rev full time. Out of all the old Flaming Lips records, Hit To Death, along with Clouds Taste Metallic may well be the best. Where the 'old' Flaming Lips records end and the new ones start may be a hard thing to decide, but it's generally seen as anything pre The Soft Bulletin. The frustration that many diehard Lips fans feel in relation to the group's earlier material is well justified. Many fans of the band listen to "The Soft Bulletin" and "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots" and leave their Flaming Lips expeience there, regarding the older material as irrelevant or boring. Hit To Death In The Future Head proves to be neither and is a must own for any serious Flaming Lips fan. The sound of the album is simultaniously dirty and polished. Using a wide range of instruments, the group conveniently (and pretentiously) name every instrument used on the album in it's booklet. There are quite a few. The huge range of instrumentation, along with Wayne Coyne's typically strange lyrics, Hit To Death In The Future Head is a standard Flaming Lips album, which means it's as crazy as ever.

Hit To Death In The Future Head, released after the beginning of the grunge area, represents it's time in it's sound. However, the sound is very much The Flaming Lips. It is not depressing and it is much more experimental (to hear the experimental, check out the 29 minute track of noise at the end of the album) than your standard grunge record of the early 90s. Wayne Coyne's high "he can't sing" vocals have always been a unique part of The Flaming Lips and they are out in full swing here. Though the whole album is very good and there is not one track that lets the album down, the album's opener is easily the best. "Talkin' Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues" displays not only Wayne Coyne's brilliance in making up songtitles, but also how amazing the songs he writes can be. The track ranks as possibly the best Flaming Lips song ever. Other highlights are hard to pick, but there are a few that stand out above the rest. With it's unqiue sound and quality of songs, Hit To Death In The Future Head represents an excellent and important part of The Flaming Lips' career.

Pros

Beautiful while still being dirty
Great mix of sounds
Imaginative lyrics and song titles

Cons

Nothing major, but tracks like "The Sun" are slightly hard to listen to at first

Reccomended Tracks

Talkin' 'Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues
Hit Me Like You Did The First Time
Gingerale Afternoon (The Astrology of A Saturday)



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br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 2nd 2005



2125 Comments


This album is so underrated. Now it has been scientifically proven.

Happymeal
August 2nd 2005



330 Comments


I never really bothered to listen to their earlier stuff. Until now.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 3rd 2005



2125 Comments


What do you think of it?

Happymeal
August 3rd 2005



330 Comments


I only have a few songs off this right now and I'm starting to like them. It's a bit hard to believe that these are the same guys who made Yoshimi and Zaireeka, but the wackiness in the songwriting says it all.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 3rd 2005



2125 Comments


It's harder to get into when you've been listening to the early stuff for a while, but it's definitely worth it.

Seriously, with so many views of this review, some replies would be good.

Aeaon
August 16th 2005



188 Comments


Wonderful album. I have to admit though, one thing I absolutely hate about the Flaming Lips is all these people that call Youshimi the greatest thing ever yet they NEVER talk about anything else and then they call it the best Flaming Lips album ever. Other than that, they're a pretty good band.

Zebra
Moderator
October 20th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've had this for a while and was going to review it, but nice review. "Frogs" and "Halloween on the Barbary Coast" are my favorite tracks off of here.

I wouldn't really consider this old Flaming Lips considering they have been around since 1982.

Hand
October 23rd 2005



2 Comments


duder this was a great concise review. anoter track i would ave put on the 'recommended' would be The magician Vs. the Headache. you gotta love FL craziness

Zebra
Moderator
October 23rd 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All of these tracks are incredible. Older Flaming Lips material is awesome, I mean there 80's stuff and "Hit to death..."

The Jungler
May 27th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn this CD is so amazing, I'm glad I took some time to listen to it cause I don't think I was ever ready for this kind of epic strangness untill now. Death Porn and Halloween on The Barbary Coast are classic.

HailToTheThief
January 5th 2009



144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In an interview with wayne he said that barbary coast was about when they use to dress in black and try to look weird when they would go go. he said that while they were in vegas they went to the casino the barbary coast and somebody saw them and yelled out "Hey, look it's halloween at the barbary coast".

I thought that was pretty funny

anotherBriOnline
July 20th 2010



20 Comments


You can really hear Donahues presence on this album

johnnyblaze
January 2nd 2013



2574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

got this on vinyl for xmas. was kinda bummed initially cuz i had never heard it. album rules. i might even go as far as to say i like it better than Transmissions.

and nice review btw

Digging: The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams

AcidCaravan
December 7th 2013



112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is the Flaming Lips' POP masterpiece..not the glossy polished production & pomposity of The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots..at least for me this stands as their best experiment into pop territory, along with Clouds Taste Metallic, which is almost as good as this. Anyway, 10 amazing pop gems and no filler.

Realm
December 7th 2013



2074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool summer album



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