Seeing The Unseeable: New Flaming Lips box covers the early years

Rhino are to issue a newly remastered six-CD collection of the early work of American rock band The Flaming Lips in May.

Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990 includes the band’s four albums recorded for Restless Records between 1984 and 1990 studio albums and two discs full  of rarities.

The albums in question are Hear It Is (1986), Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips (1987), Telepathic Surgery (1989) and In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares) (1990).

Disc five in this set includes rare recordings originally released as B-sides, flexi discs, and on various compilations. Highlights include the Sub Pop single Strychnine/Peace, Love And Understanding and a cover of After The Gold Rush. The final disc is The Mushroom Tapes, which are the demos for the band’s final Restless album, In A Priest Driven Ambulance. These were only previously issued on the Rykodisc compilation CD, The Day They Shot A Hole In the Jesus Egg.

All of the music on Seeing The Unseeable has been remastered from original sources by David Fridmann with help from Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins.

This set will be issued on 25 May and is a wallet-pleasing £25 or around $26.

Disc One: Hear It Is

With You
Trains, Brains and Rain
Jesus Shootin’ Heroin
Just Like Before
She Is Death
Charlie Manson Blues
Man From Pakistan
Godzilla Flick
Staring At Sound/With You (Reprise)

Disc Two: Oh My Gawd!!!…The Flaming Lips

Everything’s Explodin’
One Million Billionth Of A Millisecond On A Sunday Morning
Maximum Dream For Evil Knievel
Can’t Exist
Ode to C.C. (Part I)
The Ceiling Is Bendin’
Prescription: Love
Thanks To You
Can’t Stop The Spring
Ode To C.C. (Part II)
Love Yer Brain

Disc Three: Telepathic Surgery

Drug Machine In Heaven
Right Now
Michael, Time To Wake Up
Chrome Plated Suicide
Hari-Krishna Stomp Wagon (Fuck Led Zeppelin)
Miracle On 42nd Street
Fryin’ Up
Hell’s Angel’s Cracker Factory
U.F.O. Story
Redneck School Of Technology
Shaved Gorilla
The Spontaneous Combustion Of John
The Last Drop Of Morning Dew
Begs and Achin’

Disc Four: In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares)

Shine On Sweet Jesus – Jesus Song No. 5
Unconsciously Screamin’
Rainin’ Babies
Take Meta Mars
Five Stop Mother Superior Rain
Stand In Line
God Walks Among Us Now – Jesus Song No. 6
There You Are – Jesus Song No. 7
Mountain Side
What A Wonderful World

Disc Five: Restless Rarities

Death Valley ’69
Thank You
Can’t Stop The Spring – Remix
After The Gold Rush
Death Trippin’ At Sunrise
Drug Machine In Heaven – Sub Pop 7 version
Strychnine/Peace, Love And Understanding
Lucifer Rising
Ma, I Didn’t Notice
Let Me Be It
She’s Gone Mad Again
Golden Hearse
Stand In Line
I Want To Kill My Brother; The Cymbal Head
Five Stop Mother Superior Rain

Disc Six: The Mushroom Tapes

Take Meta Mars
Mountain Side
There You Are
Five Stop Mother Superior Rain
Rainin’ Babies
Unconsciously Screamin’
Stand In Line
God’s A Wheeler Dealer
One Shot
Cold Day

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Elliott Lefko

Who is the person on the cover of the album? It looks like David Baker?

Germaine Scalp

Scratching the Door: The First Recordings + Seeing The Unseeable: 7 discs
the ‘ACID’ and ‘EGG’ sets : 5 discs
I don’t think there are 2 CD’s full of unreleased tracks

Larry Davis

I’m happy about these sets…this 6 disc box and then “Scratchin’ The Door” on 4/20…had a feeling something was coming on Warners/Rhino, as their Ryko/Restless recordings were absorbed by Warners…I used to have the 2 Ryko sets…”Finally…” and “Jesus Egg”, but they too were not complete…”Hell’s Angel’s Cracker Factory” was severely edited down from 23 minutes…I also wonder when/if they will do a set covering 1991-1994, their first years on Warners, as everything else was covered?? Love this band…one of the best live shows I ever saw…felt like my head was gonna explode…and I want their new RSD 7″ tribute to their new pink-coloured fruity beer…Dragon & Yum Yum…FILLED with the beer too…oh joy!!

Larry Davis

Just got an email from Amazon…box pushed back to June…


The first EP and the early demos are on a separate disc called “Scratching the Door: The First Recordings.” It is out on 4/20.

Rory McCann

It’s actually missing quite a lot of stuff which is disappointing:

-Summertime Blues on original CDs of Hear It Is
-Either the long version or the edit of Hells Angels Cracker Factory off Telepathic Surgery
-Doesn’t include the first EP off the ‘Acid’ compilation
-Doesn’t include these bonus tracks off ‘Acid’ comp: Killer on The Radio, Batman Theme, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, Handsome Johnny, Groove Room, Jesus Shooting Heroin, Trains Brains & Rain, Communication Breakdown, One Millionth…, Jesus Shooting Heroin Live, My Own Planet
-Doesn’t include this track off the ‘Jesus Egg’ comp: unconsciously screaming alternate

It’s far from complete so keep hold of your 2002 reissues if you’re a completist (they also have better artwork)

Rare Glam

Not a band I’ve followed but wondered re the missing early 1984 EP people are mentioning, what is th cd below due out on April 20th (at £6.72) in relation to this box set? Does it fill gaps or is it just a one disc best of what’s on the box?

Scratching The Door: The First Recordings Of The Flaming Lips


Rory McCann

Thank you for posting this, Paul should put this up. This covers a lot of (not all though) the missing tracks I’ve mentioned in my comment

Mark Turrell

So unless i’m wrong, this just a repackage of the two Restless comps minus the first ep??
Good value for new fans, but not of interest for long standing ones.

I wonder if the first EP is a secret RSD item???

Lee Realgone

So, basically, the ‘ACID’ and ‘EGG’ sets, minus the original Flaming EP and the twelve bonus tracks, but with the addition of the Sub Pop 7″? Poor show. I’m out.


The Flaming Lips EP is going to be on a seperate release…

I have both Ryko sets and am on the fence about these. They don’t get played much, apart from the album ‘In a Priest Driven Ambulance’ from EGG and not sure what remastering will bring to the party…

Charles Christopher

That *is* stunningly good value (even if the widget shows it’s actually $26.40 in US $ right now) for the amount of material.
As a fan whose interest is “pretty big” but not “must own it all”, I’m going to see if any of this wasn’t released on the collections released as ‘Finally the Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid’ and ‘The Day They Shot A Hole In The Jesus Egg’ (which I assume are now out of print if this is being offered). I notice the band’s early EP, ‘The Flaming Lips’ doesn’t seem to be here (but is on ‘Finally…’.

I imagine this is just a way to keep the catalogue in print, even if there’s nothing new here. The Lips usually have a lot of bells and whistles and all kinds of fripperies to go with every release, but there seems to be none of that either.


Nice set, and a nice price if you haven’t got this stuff. I initially thought it was a repackage of Finally The Punk Rockers are Taking Acid & Jesus Egg, but it doesn’t appear to include The Flaming Lips EP from 1984, which was in the Punk Rockers set. Surely for the sake of completeness it should have been in there?


Wonder why they didn’t go back to 1984 for the original Flaming Lips EP. seems like the only thing missing from the early years. It was included on the Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid box so should be here also