Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Children Of Nuggets # 2

We take another look at the neo-psychedelic scene of the eightes and nineties.
The Flaming Lips, from Oklahoma City, started in '83 as a weird noise-indie band; they were opened also to influences from classic and psychedelic rock and, despite the eccentricity of the music, it was easy to understand that the singer and guitar player Wayne Coyne had a visionary talent as a songwriter.
In 1990 they signed for Warner Brothers and their music became more commercial and refined, a sort of modern psychedelic pop full of lushy and fanciful arrangements.
She Don't Use Jelly is their most successful song, taken from the brilliant album Transmission From The Satellite Heart, published in '93. Wayne Coyne himself is the director of this and other crazy and colourful clips.
Let's not forget that the Flaming Lips managed also to publish for Warner Bros a mad project called Zaireeka, a four CDs set that is meant to be listened to by playing all the CDs simultaneously!
Mazzy Star was a delicate musical creature headed by David Roback. He had been part of the so-called Paisley Underground, the Californian neo-psych scene of the eightes, that included bands like Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, True West and Green On Red. David composed and performed some magical songs with the Rain Parade and then with the Opal, the most acid and dreaming bands to emerge from that scene.
At the end of the eightes he gave birth to Mazzy Star with the charming singer Hope Sandoval, and the new direction was folk-rock music...a sort of "spleen folk", very decadent, ethereal and melancholy music.
Their second album So Tonight That I Might See, from 1993, is a masterpiece that also includes the song Fade Into You, performed live on this video for the Conan O'Brien show, on American TV.

Flaming Lips - She Don't Use Jelly (1993)
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You (1993)


See you soon



Anonymous rich said...

God bless the Flaming Lips. Such a wonderfully fun and entertaining group, I envy anyone finding their discography for the first time

5/26/2006 9:02 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I do agree with you...

5/27/2006 1:17 AM  
Blogger rich said...

On a different note, I've just begun my own blog, mostly on lost German New Wave. Take a look here. I'll add you to the list too, since your blog is a particular standout, perhaps you could add me to yours in return.

5/28/2006 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, paisley underground guitar band True West have reformed to do a few shows. They played 23 Aug 2006 on KBOO FM, Portland, OR ( The recording is probably posted somewhere... They also played 25 Aug at Jasmine Tree, Portland and the International Pop Overthrow festival at The Crocodile Cafe, Seattle on Sat 26 Aug. You can download three songs from their first (1983) album at

8/24/2006 9:23 PM  

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