The Flaming Lips continue to have a strong following after being a band for more than 30 years and now is the time that reissues will be released. The longtime band is set to release all of its earliest recordings in Spring 2018 and features original demos and self-released material with another box-set of their early albums to hit stores one month later.
Scratching the Door: The First Recordings of the Flaming Lips has a release date of April 20 through Rhino and Warner Bros. Records. The album contains 19 songs deriving from the band's original recordings from two cassettes and a self-released EP. This marks the first time that the band's early works will be compiled onto one set. All the songs have been remastered by longtime producer David Fridmann with the help of Lips' Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins.
Following the early recordings, The Flaming Lips will release Seeing the Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990 on May 25. This six-CD box-set puts the old albums back into physical format and includes the band's first four albums - 1986’s Hear It Is, 1987’s Oh My Gawd!!!…The Flaming Lips, 1989’s Telepathic Surgery, and 1990’s In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares) - and two discs of additional material from those sessions and other early compilations. Those discs are titled Restless Rarities (the label that released the first four albums) and The Mushroom Tapes, a collection of demos for the band's final album under Restless before signing with major label Warner Bros. in 1991. Altogether, there will be 72 songs on the Seeing the Unseeable box-set.
The Flaming Lips' first album, Here It Is, arrived on Jan. 21, 1986 and was the debut of frontman Wayne Coyne on vocals following the departure of his brother Mark. The album also had an early CD pressing on the "Pink Dust" label and included the bonus track "Summertime Blues" and the aforementioned EP. The album was later released on the 2002 compilation Finally the Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid - one of two compilations cataloging the band's first works and was featured as tracks 6-15.
It's looking to be a busy year for The Flaming Lips. On top of re-releasing older material, the band is hitting the road for a handful of tour dates in support of the latest album Oczy Mlody released in Jan. 2017, their 14th studio album. The trek begins March 3 and AXS has tickets to select dates here.