The Flaming Lips / Greatest Hits Vol. 1

Remastered • 3CD offers more than just ‘hits’ • 11-track vinyl LP

Warner Bros. Music will issue a Flaming Lips greatest hits in June, which will be available both on vinyl and as a three-CD set.

Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 will include singles, B-sides, outtakes and previously unreleased tracks, with audio remastered from the original tape source by Dave Fridmann.

While the triple-CD deluxe boasts a massive 52 tracks, the single vinyl LP edition is a extremely condensed 11-track affair.

Both formats will be released on 1 June 2018.

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The Flaming Lips

Greatest Hits Vol 1 - CD deluxe


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The Flaming Lips

Greatest Hits Vol 1 - vinyl LP


Greatest Hits Vol. 1 3CD deluxe

CD 1:
1. Talkin’ ‘Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants
To Live Forever)
2. Hit Me Like You Did The First Time
3. Frogs
4. Felt Good To Burn
5. Turn It On
6. She Don’t Use Jelly
7. Chewin The Apple Of Your Eye
8. Slow Nerve Action
9. Psychiatric Explorations of The Fetus With Needles
10. Brainville
11. Lightning Strikes The Postman
12. When You Smile
13. Bad Days (Aurally Excited Version)
14. Riding To Work In The Year 2025
15. Race For The Prize (Sacrifice Of The New Scientists)
16. Waitin’ For A Superman (Is It Getting Heavy?)
17. The Spark That Bled
18. What Is the Light?

CD 2:
1. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1
2. In The Morning Of The Magicians
3. All We Have Is Now
4. Do You Realize??
5. The W.A.N.D.
6. Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung
7. Vein Of Stars
8. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
9. Convinced Of The Hex
10. See The Leaves
11. Silver Trembling Hands
12. Is David Bowie Dying?
13. Try To Explain
14. Always There In Our Hearts
15. How??
16. There Should Be Unicorns
17. The Castle

CD 3:
1. Zero to A Million (Demo)
2. Jets (Cupid’s Kiss Vs The Psyche Of Death) (2-Track Demo)
3. Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair
4. The Captain
5. 1000 Ft. Hands
6. Noodling Theme (Epic Sunset Mix #5)
7. Up Above The Daily Hum
8. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (In Anatropous Reflex)
9. We Can’t Predict The Future
10. Your Face Can Tell The Future
11. You Gotta Hold On
12. What Does It Mean?
13. Spider-man Vs Muhammad Ali
14. I Was Zapped By The Lucky Super Rainbow
15. Enthusiasm For Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2
16. If I Only Had A Brain
17. Silent Night / Lord, Can You Hear Me

Greatest Hits Vol. 1 / vinyl LP

LP 1
1. Do You Realize??
2. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1
3. Race for the Prize
4. Waitin’ for a Superman
5. When You Smile
6. She Don’t Use Jelly

LP 2
1. Bad Days (Aurally Excited Version)
2. The W.A.N.D.
3. Silver Trembling Hands
4. The Castle
5. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

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I preordered the 3 CD version

Mark Jay

All: There is NOT a 5.1 mix (at least an official one, anyway) of Embryonic. The high-resolution DVD release had a 24-bit, 96khz stereo program of the album (along with CDs), but that’s it.


All of their minor hits came between the mid-90s and early 00’s. The surrounding times are I guess what they sell themselves on now, just being absurd and random. Whatever though.

Clifton Montgomery

What Embryonic 5.1? There isn’t a 5.1 of that album that I’m aware of. There’s a fake upmix on the web but not an official version.

Larry Davis

There is an Embryonic 5.1 2CD/DVD in a book like package…there was a limited one in a fur-covered slipcase…I have the regular one without the fur…


Amusing title as the Lips only have 5 bona fide UK top 40 singles, or 6 if you count the Chemical Brothers track. I’m less bothered about the title, more annoyed about the missing singles. Not just ‘Fight Test’ and ‘This Here Giraffe’, but also ‘Sun Blows Up Today’ which was only released as a 3-inch CD single given away with the US version of ‘The Terror’. I get the ‘Fight Test’ issue though. They had to pay out massive royalties to Cat Stevens so I guess they don’t want to pay out more!!


My UK CD of The Terror had that 3″ CD. Great album, that one.


@Caroline, so did mine.


Ah! I remember what happened now! The UK version came with the 3″ and the US version didn’t! I bought the US version which for some reason was stocked in Fopp for £3 while the UK version was still £12. That’ll teach me for getting a bargain!

Larry Davis

I never got one!!!! That blows…great album tho…”The Terror”…


I seem to recall owning This Here Giraffe on a star shaped CD. Only bought it because of the disc and thought the music contained within weren’t all that. Probably ended up in a charity shop or on eBay.


I honestly don’t think i have seen as many daft song titles since Half Man Half Biscuit lol Anyway i now realise why their name sounds familiar as they had a single with The Chemical Brothers The Golden Path which isn’t even on this which is very strange as it was an actual hit and got to number 17 in the UK.

Paul Mac

I think my favourite song title of theirs is Thank You Jack White For The Fiber Optic Jesus That You Gave Me, from the Fight Songs EP :)

Larry Davis

I think this title was reflective of their fanbase’s fave songs, or band personal faves, not ACTUAL fluke chart HITS themselves… Oh the irony!! And ya know what they say, a band’s biggest actual hits are never their best songs…

Dave H

If anyone hasn’t heard the 5.1 surround mixes of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, At War With The Mystics or The Soft Bulletin, I would recommend trying to find a copy and take a listen to the surround mixes.

Jan Burnett


Larry Davis

Or the 5.1 of “Embryonic” as well…I think Steven Wilson would be impressed, jealous, or both…same with Giles Martin…


I have Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots – 5.1 DVD audio. Its an excellent release with on screen visualizations synced to the music as a choice (Dolby Digital only). Very nice disc indeed.
Elliot Scheiner 5.1 / Ludwig.
The channel separation is brutal. I love it.


Where are the two singles “This Here Giraffe” and the brilliant “Fight Test”, both of which got in the Top 100 of the UK singles chart? I would have thought both of these would have been included instead of 2 versions of “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” as surely one version is enough. To miss out the track “Fight Test” is a very big let down and disappointment with regard the 3CD Deluxe Edition.

Larry Davis

Like I said…this is Volume 1…there may be, and should be, a Volume 2, with those missing singles, soundtrack songs like “Psychic Wall”, some other odds & ends (like their cool cover of Madonna’s “Borderline”), and more unreleased gems hiding in the vault…

Lee Taylor

I would imagine Fight Test has been omitted as they got into plagiarism issues with Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam and have to pay him 75% of the royalties


Didn’t they also do a cover of Kylie’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head?

Larry Davis

Yes they did…as well as Madonna’s Borderline…they have always tackled pop covers their own odd way…


I’ve been a fan of the flaming lips for 25 years. I already knew about that release and pre-ordered it. I was surprised by the “cheap” vinyl edition as the flaming lips usually release limited and collectors editions in multiple formats. Anyway it’s probably my favorite live band (with Nick Cave and the bad seeds). They’re fantastic, amazing live. I’ve recommeneded the band to some of my friends who never heard of them and after seeing them live, 2 of them became fans and the third didn’t really dig the music but comes to the Lips gigs every chance he gets because he agrees it’s an amazing experience live, even if you’re not a big fan of their music and don’t know the songs.

Larry Davis

Yeah a good friend of mine doesn’t really have any of their records because he saw the band live and the records don’t have the visual element…he was blown away by the live experience…I told him he should because their music alone is amazing and unique, and the visuals only enhance the music…if their music wasn’t any good, cool and unique, the visuals wouldn’t mean anything…or make such a lasting impression…like a movie, if the writing of it sucked, there would be no solid foundation to build on…


Riding to Work in the Year 2025 and Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair were mixed to stereo as B-sides of Waitin’ for a Superman/Race For The Prize. As far as I know the other Zaireeka tracks haven’t been mixed down officially, but there were some unofficial mixdowns doing the rounds on fansites and forums a few years back. There is even an unofficial 5.1 mix complete with videos, not sure where you would get a hooky download of that these days though. Nice to see tracks from The Soft Bulletin Companion CDs on here, any stuff from that era is fantastic. I think I have all of the stuff on here though, unless there is a lips obsessive that can point out something that hasn’t appeared before?


Not familiar with this band at all but for a band who’s first five albums never charted anywhere in the world i’m very surprised they stayed signed to a record label. The title is obviously a piss take of course and i noticed they released a single with Miley Cyrus which would be enough to put anybody off.

Larry Davis

The early stuff was indie until Restless went under…then they got picked up by Warner’s….despite the fluke success of Jelly, they were almost dropped after Clouds, but were able to finagle their way into staying on Warner’s throughout the Zaireeka/Soft Bulletin years…then the accolades then the worldwide success of Yoshimi and the rest is history… Call it a combo of dumb luck, happy accidents, smart instincts/intuition and great management…oh and they did an album with Miley Cyrus…the Dead Petz project, and she guested on 3 Lips albums too…


I think “Up above the daily hum” is one of their most beautiful songs.


Agreed, that has long been a favourite of mine, astonishing that it was a b-side.

The Golden Age Of ---- --'-

I’m a massive fan of ‘Bulletin’ and ‘Yoshimi’ and only own 1 other album so the 3CD set is a must for me. The Flaming Lips are IMHO one of the most original bands of the last 40 years.

elliott buckingham

where is the only single I remember hearing ever played on uk radio “fight test”


good shout…I knew there was something missing but couldn’t put my finger on what it was. Fight Test should totally be on this!


Probably omitted because of the percentage they had to hand over to Cat Stevens for pinching so heavily from “Father And Son”

Larry Davis

I put the preorder in for this as soon as I saw it…I was disappointed a bit at first with the tracklistings…as I have their vidclips DVD called VOID, and not all the videos’ songs are represented here, like “Mr Ambulance Driver” or their various non-LP soundtrack songs like “Psychic Wall” from the Spongebob Squarepants movie…this would be the perfect place to gather many more of their odds & ends together…as for their music, one of my all-time fave bands… They first entered my orbit in 1989 when I was DJing college radio, and a promo we had to play mentioned the band and their “Priest Driven Ambulance” album…I was like hmmmmm…then they got picked up by Warner’s in the wake of Nirvana blowing up and majors snapping up every indie band of note…I bought their Warner debut, “Hit To Death In The Future Head” and was blown away by their mix of noise, bubblegum pop, orchestration and production techniques…been a fan ever since…Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donohue was in the Lips at that time BTW…but The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi are great records too…as good as what came before or since…I love all that came after, up thru Ozci Muladi or however you spell it…and live, best band ever…saw them live for the first time last year and it was an experience like I had with no other band…pretty cool all this Lips activity…Scratching The Door, then Greatest Hits Vol 1 (i said disappointed at first cuz the missing songs/video singles/odds and ends could be on a volume 2), then the 6 disc box Seeing The Unseeable 1986 -1990…great time to be a fan…I am truly happy the Lips never broke HUGE because otherwise their career may have been cut short a la Nirvana, and people may not have still been discovering the band over 30 years down the line…most times, massive success does NOT do a creatively restless, unique, idiosyncratic band good, whatsoever…a balance must be made between some success and a creative long haul…if Nirvana were afforded this balance, they may have still been around and Kurt still alive today…just a theory… Lips forever…


It’s an interesting choice of formats…they may be aiming the vinyl at newcomers in line with the (allegedly mistaken) belief that millennials are buying all the new vinyl whilst doing a chunky 3CD set for the heads.

Of course, this being The Flaming Lips, the eventual full vinyl edition will be probably be pressed onto fluorescent whale skin and packaged inside a canister of Novichok…

Larry Davis

I wonder what the Lips think of the GNR Locked N Loaded set?? And if they had the opportunity to do a similar scope of package, what would it be and what price?? They have done these very limited and expensive gummy skulls with USB sticks buried inside…funny tidbit of vinyl as whaleskin and novichuk, haha, yeah…


Disappointing vinyl release…


Would have loved to see Thank You Jack White (For The Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me) make it on here…one of their greatest b-sides!

Larry Davis

Love that song…so fun…

Jan Burnett

All remastered by Dave Fridmann I believe. The 5.1’s of The Soft Bullwtin and At War With The Mystics are great. I wonder if he’s done 5.1s of this collection?

Larry Davis

I dunno…their 5.1 mixed seemed to stop after Embryonic…I do hope they do a mixdown/5.1 of Zaireeka because the original 4CD set was fun at first, but highly cumbersome in the end, yet the 8 songs on it are great, and I hope we get to hear it as a “regular” album one day…they were written/recorded the same time as “The Soft Bulletin” and can serve as that album, Part 2, really…with 2 songs on here, maybe that will be a reality one day??

Kevin from Edinburgh

This seems to redefine – for me at least – what ‘Greatest Hits’ means.

Not a single No. 1 single. Nothing that reached Top 5, or Top 10.

Only two singles that crept into the Top 20.

Nothing against the band (I’ve rarely herd them – see above), but the album title does them no favours. What happened to ‘Best of’?


I think its an attempt at irony. Magnificent band nevertheless.


They’re not the greatest hits of the 21st Century by anyone, they’re the greatest hits by The Flaming Lips, the songs by them that got more airplay/downloads/streams/fan letters than the ones that didn’t, so in that respect, the title meets its brief.

It’s also a more ‘pop’ title than “Best of”, which is as dull as ditchwater, to be honest.

Larry Davis

Greatest Hits does not mean chart positions only…it can mean most popular in concert with the fanbases and online comments?? The Lips never had many (if any) charting “hits” in the traditional sense, but they love pop culture and garnered a hatdcore fanbase, which almost serves that very purpose… And really, charting records reflect nothing but money and marketing, NOT the songs themselves… Think about THAT… Really, if chart hits were about how good or culturally important the songs actually ARE, charts would be very different!!

Kevin from Edinburgh

Surely chart position reflects popularity (aka ‘sales’). For the term ‘hit’ to have meaning, it must have a reference point, a datum against which the term is indexed (in order that it can be deemed to have failed to have been a ‘hit’) and that, historically, has been chart position. I’m struggling to conceive of the word ‘hit’ outside of chart position/sales figures/popularity. It might be that the world has left me behind, and that I need to seek out the streaming data to really see how popular they are. Sorry to all for any perceived slight on the artist.


Your interpretation of hit isn’t wrong. I think it’s used more as an ironic take rather than the more liberal definition of “hits” that others are offering. They’re well aware that none of these were actual hits with the exception of a few standouts.


They’re not the first to use the title ironically. The debut by the sublime Welsh rappers Goldie Looking Chain was called… Greatest Hits which always raises a smile from me before I even get the album playing!


The Soft Bulletin is right up there, a genuine classic and one of my all time favourite and most listened to albums. The follow up – Yoshimi… – was just too bombastic and I’ve been a bit indifferent towards everything since. The CD is very good VFM but I think I’ll give it a miss.


@RJS, totally agree about the Soft Bulletin, but I have enjoyed most of what they have done since and this compilation of tracks on the first 2CDs, both before and after TSB are in the main classics. The draw for me is the third disc as there is a lot stuff on there I don’t have. I think calling it Greatest Hits Volume 1 may be a piss take or an in joke by the band.
Hoping for a twentieth aniversary edition of The Soft Bulletin next year with all the extras (there is nearly a full albums worth apparently). Also a single disc mix of Zaireeka, as I have only ever played three of four the discs simultaneously which is hard work (trying to coordinate 3 CD players). I notice one of the Zaireeka tracks is on this, namely ‘Riding to Work in the Year 2025’ so it must have been mixed down for this release.

Larry Davis

The Lips career started LONG before The Soft Bulletin, and if you are not familiar with what came before it, you are missing the first hour of the movie, so to speak, what led them to that new sound…you need the other pieces of the puzzle to put it all in context, in perspective…the picture is not complete…just saying…


I’m well aware of how far their history stretches back but for me, personally, The Flaming Lips begin and end with The Soft Bulletin and I’m not interested in what led them to the sound. Just saying…

Larry Davis

One thing i just thought of…for an anniversary package…the songs on The Soft Bulletin (and all B-sides and unreleased tracks) and Zaireeka were recorded at the same sessions, after guitarist Ronald Jones left the band… They should put em all together with a different sequence…it would tell the whole, fuller story of the Lips in this 1996-1998 period, some new insight…just saying…


Actually, there are two Zaireeka stereo mixdowns that have already been released: “Riding To Work In The Year 2025” and “Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair,” both of which appear on the US “Waitin’ For A Superman” CD-single.


@AdamW, didn’t know that, but I guess it is because back in 99 I didn’t even have home internet, so information like that was hard to come by….