Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??


391 – The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?? (2002)
Written by The Flaming Lips and Dave Fridman
Produced by The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann and Scott Booker
Label – Warner Bros

As a celebration of our imminent demise few songs can sound as boundlessly joyous as “Do You Realize??”. According to legend, leader Wayne Coyne wrote the lyrics during breaks in the recording of their excellent long player “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots” in response to his father’s recent death and band member Stephen Drozd’s tough withdrawal from a heroin addiction. Coyne would say “Whenever I analyse the scientific realities of what it means to be living here on Earth – in this galaxy – spinning around the sun – flying through space – a terror shock seizes me!!! I’m reminded once again of how precarious our whole existence is…”. Human emotions and quirky pop have never combined so perfectly.

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