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The Flaming Lips, The Spider Bite Song. Album: The Soft Bulletin (1999)

This song chronicles the experiences the band members had prior to recording The Soft Bulletin. Lead singer Wayne Coyne’s father passed the year before, bassist Michael Ivins was in a very strange car accident. Lastly, drummer/guitarist Steven Drozd came close to having to have his arm amputated due to a spiderbite.

This song is very piano-driven but has an intriguing drum effect all throughout.

It turned out that Drozd’s arm was abscessed as a result of his heroin use rather than because of the spider bite. Wayne Coyne recalled to Uncut magazine June 2008: “Everyone wants to know on ‘Spiderbite Song’ whether I really knew that Steven had a drug problem. All I can say is, not as much as I knew later! Everybody was busy doing their own trip, and being around drug addicts, they’re not much different than they were the previous week. I mean, it happens so slowly that you get used to it. It must be like those guys that have giant tumors on their faces. It grows a little every day. When I think of it now, I’m surprised at how precarious the whole thing was. That probably played into the song and the whole theme of the LP. In a way I probably thought that Steven may not even be here for another year.”

Photo: The Flaming Lips Facebook Page

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Written By Braddon S. Williams

The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

The Flaming Lips released the weird and wonderful Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots in 2002, successfully breaking into the mainstream for arguably the first time.

Leader Wayne Coyne, along with Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins crafted this nearly symphonic work consisting of science fiction and human emotions such as love, despair, melancholy, and the eventual mortality.

I didn’t know too much about this band until I watched a really fascinating documentary about them. I still wouldn’t consider myself a fan of The Flaming Lips, but this album is magnificent, and I completely respect their vision and creativity.

There is definitely no-one else quite like The Flaming Lips, and I am all in favor of anyone who is a fearless original. I guess I must be a fan after all!


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