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Strychnine/Peace, Love & Understanding:The Flaming Lips

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Artist: The Flaming Lips

Album: The Day They Shot A Hole In The Jesus Egg

Appears On (Mixes): Revme.Vox.Com

Song Notes: This was originally put out on the Sub Pop singles club, but it's available on The Day They Shot A Hole In The Jesus Egg, half of the odds-and-sods sets they put out with their early albums and whatnot (along with "Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid"). It's a cover of one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs of all time, The Sonics' "Strychnine", which unbelieveably segues really, really well into Elvis Costello's (or, I suppose actually, Nick Lowe's) "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding". If you're expecting the later-era sounds of the Flaming Lips... well, I wouldn't say you'll be disappointed, because this is really awesome, but you'll be a bit confused. When I first heard this I was just completely blown away—at first that they were covering "Strychnine", but then by the fact that they not only did it so well, but so seamlessly went into "Peace, Love & Understanding". The Flaming Lips are indeed pretty grand.

Also—one of the things I'm thinking of doing is throwing up links to cool music videos as well—don't worry, they'll be a supplemental thing to the daily mp3s, not something to replace it, though I probably WILL still post the notes for them at the wiki, like I have been doing for all of these. So, you might check that out later. - Rev. Syung Myung Me


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