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The Flaming Lips 4/19/2005


The Flaming Lips' contribution to the Late Night Tales series -- which also includes volumes curated by Four Tet, Jamiroquai, and Nightmares on Wax -- shows off the band's wide-ranging but almost always impeccable taste in music. Admirably, the collection doesn't include much that sounds like the Flaming Lips themselves. Even the band's own contribution to the mix, a siren-filled cover of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" that the Lips debuted at 2003's T in the Park Festival when they filled in for the Stripes after Jack White's car accident that summer, doesn't exactly resemble the Flaming Lips' usually sunny, whimsical modus operandi. Instead, Late Night Tales is a thoughtful selection of aptly laid-back music that flows smoothly despite its eclecticism; the segues from Björk's "Unravel" to Miles Davis' "My Ship" and from Nick Drake's "River Man" to Sebadoh's "On Fire" are particularly fine. With tracks by cult favorites such as Faust, the Chameleons, Chris Bell, and 10cc, this is a collection by and for music junkies. Despite the album's glossy packaging, it keeps the personality of a handmade mixtape; Wayne Coyne's comments in the liner notes ("I don't think anyone ever really appreciated their inventive chord structures and otherworldly vocal harmonies," he says of Lush's "Monochrome," "but then, I am a muso!") underscore the collection's friendly feel. It's possible that Late Night Tales would've worked just as well as a play list, but the album has quite a bit to offer to Lips fans who are familiar with all, some, or none of the artists featured here. ~ Heather Phares
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Unravel Björk 3:14
  3. 2 My Ship Miles Davis 4:24
  4. 3 Speed of Sound Chris Bell 5:9
  5. 4 It's a Bit of a Pain Faust 3:7
  6. 5 2HB Roxy Music 4:10
  7. 6 People Alfie 4:10
  8. 7 Flim Aphex Twin 2:53
  9. 8 Galileo [Edit] Mice Parade 1:57
  10. 9 Up the Down Escalator The Chameleons 3:55
  11. 10 Seven Nation Army [Previously Unreleased][Harry Potter and George Bush's Severed Head Army Mix] The Flaming Lips 2:51
  12. 11 Playground for a Wedgeless Firm The Chemical Brothers 2:21
  13. 12 Saudade Love and Rockets 4:55
  14. 13 Monochrome Lush 4:59
  15. 14 Sleep Comes Down The Psychedelic Furs 3:41
  16. 15 River Man Nick Drake 4:15
  17. 16 On Fire Sebadoh 3:34
  18. 17 Pyramid Song Radiohead 4:45
  19. 18 I'm Not in Love 10cc 5:57
  20. 19 Another Green World Brian Eno 2:18
  21. 20 The Jist David Shrigley 3:3

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