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The Flaming Lips

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Even though Clouds Taste Metallic is generally regarded as a great album, it's always been somewhat dwarfed by the more aspiring outings in the Flaming Lips' vast, confounding catalog. The album never had an iconic, instantly recognizable hit single on the level of "She Don't Use Jelly" or "Do You Realize??," nor was it as preposterously ambitious as Zaireeka (not to mention the group's later releases that experimented with the very idea of physical media formats), and it certainly didn't receive the overwhelming critical praise that the Lips' 1999 masterpiece The Soft Bulletin did. Clouds was the final Lips album to feature guitarist Ronald Jones, who had joined the band prior to their excellent major-label debut Hit to Death in the Future Head (1992), and it was the final recording to present the Flaming Lips as a guitar-driven band, before they began exploring more orchestral and experimental arrangements and incorporating electronic instruments. Of course, by no means was Clouds a standard rock album; as with any of their albums, they played around with conventional song structure and form. All of the songs on Clouds were three or four minutes long, but they didn't always have obvious hooks. Despite a few catchy numbers such as "This Here Giraffe" and "Christmas at the Zoo," it was hard to imagine any of the album's songs becoming radio staples. Nevertheless, the album was significant for heading toward the Brian Wilson-inspired melodies and arrangements that would be fully explored with their later albums, as well as lyrical themes commonly found in the group's later songs such as prevailing through hopelessness and facing the pressure of having to save the world. Clouds still holds up as an incredible batch of songs, adding up to far more than just a mere transitional album. Two decades after the album's release, the Lips revisited it with a deluxe three-CD (or five-LP) edition titled Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic: 1994-1997 (not to be confused with a 2011 vinyl box set called Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002). Much like the group's pair of 2002 releases on Restless Records that chronicled their early output, Heady Nuggs is loaded with material from other releases from the same time period, in addition to unreleased recordings. The most exciting inclusion is Providing Needles for Your Balloons, a fantastic 1994 EP intended as a stopgap release between Transmissions from the Satellite Heart and Clouds. The EP featured loose, casual recordings of Transmissions album cuts (including a gloriously blown-out version of "Slow Nerve Action," inexplicably recorded live on a Top 40 radio station), a nifty B-side called "Jets, Pt. 2 (My Two Days as an Ambulance Driver)," covers of Suicide's Alan Vega and a then barely known Bill Callahan, as well as a boombox-recorded grandiose piano ballad called "Put the Waterbug in the Policeman's Ear," which foreshadowed the group's later sound. Augmenting Providing Needles on this collection is The King Bug Laughs, a further collection of rarities focusing primarily on covers, which range in origin from Bowie, Bolan, and Lennon to less obvious influences such as Rolf Harris. Rounding out Heady Nuggs is Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles, a previously unreleased live album recorded in Seattle in 1996. Typical of a Lips concert of any era, it's unhinged, messy, and noisy, with the group's mega-trippy songs drowning in explosive guitar effects. The set's title track (a cut from Clouds) is stretched out from its original three-minute length to seven, followed by a few minutes of fanatical applause while the audience anticipated an encore.
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1
The Abandoned Hospital Ship (2015 Remaster)
00:03:37

Michael Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

2
Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles (2015 Remaster)
00:03:27

Michael Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

3
Placebo Headwound (2015 Remaster)
00:03:41

Michael Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

4
This Here Giraffe (2015 Remaster)
00:03:46

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Ron Jones, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

5
Brainville (2015 Remaster)
00:03:13

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Peter Mokran, Mixing Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Ron Jones, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1995 Warner Records Inc.

6
Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World (2015 Remaster)
00:04:29

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Ron Jones, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

7
When You Smile (2015 Remaster)
00:03:13

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Ron Jones, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

8
Kim's Watermelon Gun (2015 Remaster)
00:03:21

Michael Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

9
They Punctured My Yolk (2015 Remaster)
00:04:21

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Ron Jones, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

10
Lightning Strikes the Postman (2015 Remaster)
00:02:50

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Ron Jones, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

11
Christmas at the Zoo (2015 Remaster)
00:03:06

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Ron Jones, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

12
Evil Will Prevail (2015 Remaster)
00:03:26

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Ron Jones, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

13
Bad Days (Aurally Excited Version; 2015 Remaster)
00:04:38

Michael Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

14
Bad Days (2015 Remaster)
00:04:36

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Ron Jones, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1995 Warner Records Inc.

15
Jets, Pt. 2 (My Two Days as an Ambulance Driver) (2015 Remaster)
00:03:50

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Ron Jones, Writer - KEITH CLEVERSLEY, Producer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

16
Ice Drummer (2015 Remaster)
00:04:25

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Ronald Jones, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - KEITH CLEVERSLEY, Producer - Alan Vega, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1993 Warner Records Inc.

17
Put the Waterbug in the Policeman's Ear (2015 Remaster)
00:05:20

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Ron Jones, Writer - KEITH CLEVERSLEY, Producer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1994 Warner Records Inc.

18
Chewin' the Apple of Yer Eye (2015 Remaster)
00:05:26

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Ronald Jones, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals - The Flaming Lips, Writer, MainArtist - Keith Cleversly, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1994 Warner Records Inc.

19
Chosen One (2015 Remaster)
00:07:27

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Ronald Jones, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - KEITH CLEVERSLEY, Producer - Bill Callahan, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1994 Warner Records Inc.

20
Little Drummer Boy (2015 Remaster)
00:05:28

Ronald Jones, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Traditional, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - KEITH CLEVERSLEY, Producer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1994 Warner Records Inc.

21
Slow Nerve Action (2015 Remaster)
00:07:42

Michael Ivins, Writer - Ronald Jones, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Ron Jones, Writer - Keith Cleversly, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1994 Warner Records Inc.

22
The Abandoned Hospital Ship (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:07:25

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

23
Unconsciously Screamin' (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:04:21

Michael Ivins, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Jonathan Donahue, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

24
Take Meta Mars (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:04:26

Michael Ivins, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Jonathan Donahue, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

25
Moth in the Incubator (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:06:49

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

26
Put the Waterbug in the Policeman's Ear (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:06:04

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

27
Lightning Strikes the Postman (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:03:28

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

28
Bad Days (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:05:26

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

29
She Don't Use Jelly (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:03:48

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

30
Chewin' the Apple of Yer Eye (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:06:42

The Flaming Lips, Writer, MainArtist

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

31
When You Smile (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:05:37

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

32
Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:09:35

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

33
Love Yer Brain (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:05:11

Michael Ivins, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Richard English, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

34
Placebo Headwound (Live in Seattle 1996)
00:04:44

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

35
It Was a Very Good Year
00:03:56

The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ervin Drake, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

36
Sun Arise
00:05:20

The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Rolf Harris, Writer - Harry Butler, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

37
Life on Mars
00:04:04

The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - David Bowie, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

38
Ballrooms of Mars
00:04:29

The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - MARC BOLAN, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

39
Hot Day
00:01:40

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

40
Nobody Told Me
00:03:48

John Lennon, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Yoko Ono, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

41
The Magician vs. The Headache
00:03:39

Michael Ivins, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Mike Ivins, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar - Jonathan Donahue, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Guitar, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Keith Cleversly, Audio Recording Engineer - Nathan Roberts, Producer, Drums, Mastering Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

42
She Don't Use Jelly (Live at KJ103)
00:03:33

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ron Jones, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2015 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

Even though Clouds Taste Metallic is generally regarded as a great album, it's always been somewhat dwarfed by the more aspiring outings in the Flaming Lips' vast, confounding catalog. The album never had an iconic, instantly recognizable hit single on the level of "She Don't Use Jelly" or "Do You Realize??," nor was it as preposterously ambitious as Zaireeka (not to mention the group's later releases that experimented with the very idea of physical media formats), and it certainly didn't receive the overwhelming critical praise that the Lips' 1999 masterpiece The Soft Bulletin did. Clouds was the final Lips album to feature guitarist Ronald Jones, who had joined the band prior to their excellent major-label debut Hit to Death in the Future Head (1992), and it was the final recording to present the Flaming Lips as a guitar-driven band, before they began exploring more orchestral and experimental arrangements and incorporating electronic instruments. Of course, by no means was Clouds a standard rock album; as with any of their albums, they played around with conventional song structure and form. All of the songs on Clouds were three or four minutes long, but they didn't always have obvious hooks. Despite a few catchy numbers such as "This Here Giraffe" and "Christmas at the Zoo," it was hard to imagine any of the album's songs becoming radio staples. Nevertheless, the album was significant for heading toward the Brian Wilson-inspired melodies and arrangements that would be fully explored with their later albums, as well as lyrical themes commonly found in the group's later songs such as prevailing through hopelessness and facing the pressure of having to save the world. Clouds still holds up as an incredible batch of songs, adding up to far more than just a mere transitional album. Two decades after the album's release, the Lips revisited it with a deluxe three-CD (or five-LP) edition titled Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic: 1994-1997 (not to be confused with a 2011 vinyl box set called Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002). Much like the group's pair of 2002 releases on Restless Records that chronicled their early output, Heady Nuggs is loaded with material from other releases from the same time period, in addition to unreleased recordings. The most exciting inclusion is Providing Needles for Your Balloons, a fantastic 1994 EP intended as a stopgap release between Transmissions from the Satellite Heart and Clouds. The EP featured loose, casual recordings of Transmissions album cuts (including a gloriously blown-out version of "Slow Nerve Action," inexplicably recorded live on a Top 40 radio station), a nifty B-side called "Jets, Pt. 2 (My Two Days as an Ambulance Driver)," covers of Suicide's Alan Vega and a then barely known Bill Callahan, as well as a boombox-recorded grandiose piano ballad called "Put the Waterbug in the Policeman's Ear," which foreshadowed the group's later sound. Augmenting Providing Needles on this collection is The King Bug Laughs, a further collection of rarities focusing primarily on covers, which range in origin from Bowie, Bolan, and Lennon to less obvious influences such as Rolf Harris. Rounding out Heady Nuggs is Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles, a previously unreleased live album recorded in Seattle in 1996. Typical of a Lips concert of any era, it's unhinged, messy, and noisy, with the group's mega-trippy songs drowning in explosive guitar effects. The set's title track (a cut from Clouds) is stretched out from its original three-minute length to seven, followed by a few minutes of fanatical applause while the audience anticipated an encore.
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