The Flaming Lips - You Have To Be Joking (Song)
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  • Comprised of several acoustic guitars and some interesting percussion in the background, Coyne comes in with a vocal delivery which stands miles ahead of his performances on the past few tracks on the record
  • Although some listeners may think that the instrumentation is far too stripped down on this song to come out with a strong track, I think that this is arguably Coyne’s best performance throughout the entire record
  • Whereas I thought his vocals were either in the way or just average on most of the preceding tracks, he sounds completely at home on this song and this track really convinces me that the band needs to take a leap in their songwriting away from the more aggressive tracks because they’re clearly beyond that
  • Even if you’re a listener oriented toward some of the band’s other tracks, I would still recommend this song and consider it to be one of the best on this record


    • by grimmy101
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      You Have To Be Joking (Autopsy Of The Devil’s Brain) is a song by The Flaming Lips which appears on their fifth record, Hit To Death In The Future Head. Opening up with an acoustic guitar pattern, I have high hopes that the band will embrace a different sound here than the more aggressive sound which I feel they’ve come to wear out.

      Comprised of several acoustic guitars and some interesting percussion in the background,


      Coyne comes in with a vocal delivery which stands miles ahead of his performances on the past few tracks on the record.

      I feel like if a listener ever needed evidence of a band outgrowing their initial sound, Hit To Death In The Future Head may be good evidence for this.

      Whereas Coyne just seems out of place on more aggressive tracks, he sounds excellent on a track like You Have To Be Joking and ...


      • the band just sounds better all around.

        Although some listeners may think that the instrumentation is far too stripped down on this song to come out with a strong track, I think that this is arguably Coyne’s best performance throughout the entire record.

        Whereas I thought his vocals were either in the way or just average on most of the preceding tracks, he sounds completely at home on this song and this track really convinces me

        that the band needs to take a leap in their songwriting away from the more aggressive tracks because they’re clearly beyond that.

        Overall, if you’re more interested in the melodic and somber tracks that the Flaming Lips have done, this track would be an excellent fit.

        Even if you’re a listener oriented toward some of the band’s other tracks, I would still recommend this song and consider it to be one of the best on this record.




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