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Transmissions From the Satellite Heart

The Flaming LipsVinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (February 14, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B006UREP30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Turn It On
2. Pilot Can At The Queer Of God
3. Oh My Pregnant Head
4. She Don't Use Jelly
5. Chewin The Apple Of Your Eye
6. Superhumans
7. Be My Head
8. Moth In The Incubator
9. ******* (Plastic Jesus)
10. When Yer Twenty Two
11. Slow Nerve Action

Editorial Reviews

After lauded indie albums, The Flaming Lips debuted on Warner Bros. with 1991's Hit To Death In The Future Head. Transmissions From The Satellite Heart and Clouds Taste Metallic followed. 1999's The Soft Bulletin topped numerous year-end best-of lists and helped rank the band among the most influential in the world. 2002's Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots ranked #4 in Spin and #11 in NME on their end-of-yearlists, and won a Grammy®.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my truly formative albums April 14, 2003
By Matt L
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd in 1995 when i was a kid in 5th grade, trying desperately to fit in. Another kid who was, at the time, an authority on what was cool, told me a little bit about a new CD that he thought was great. Of course, i rushed out and bought it. This was a rare instance of where the trendsetter actually knew what he was talking about.
It is absolutely one of the greatest albums I have ever owned. Certainly in contention for my favorite. Most rock snobs like me can pinpoint the album or a couple albums that truly solidified music as the thing that interested them. For me, this is that album. Somehow, even then, having only listened to the oldies that my parents played on the radio, I was completely absorbed by how unique the sound is. It is an exercise in contrast, between layers of nearly-unlistenable (in that beautiful, irresistible way) noise, and a guitar and vocals with the mid way up and the bass and treble way down. Just like it's on a radio. By the way, I find that one of the most interesting themes in rock music is the band's relationship and treatment of the radio and its place in music and history. This disc can be regarded, I think, as a concept album with this theme at the core. Think the quality of Elvis Costello's "Radio, Radio," and you get the idea.
It is an amazing combination of folk-rock, fuzz-rock and the wonderful 80s indie scene; one that is sensitive and reverent to the traditions of each. It shows pangs of the electronic, avant-garde folk rock that the Lips would become, as evident on Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, but is more grounded in that sort of mid-90s neo-classic rock thing that was going on.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Time July 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
So I'm sitting on a hill in Buckeye Lake, near Columbus, Ohio and it's July or August, in '93 or '94, the Lollapalooza Tour of that year (this will prove to be my one and only 'palooza experience really worth remembering). Two hippies in front of us at the sidestage offer up their joint. My friend and I take a hit or two, as we hear the opening bass line to "Under Pressure" by Queen and Bowie (a song which Sir Vanilla of the Ice turned into a short-lived career). I notice this guy on stage, the bass player, who looks like he just got off work at the local gas station, what, with his blue jumpsuit and all. And that hair! The drummer is ferocious, sipping back a beer with one hand while the other beats the snare to death, his foot pounding the heck out of the bass drum. The lead guiarist, who sports a different kind of wild hair, is all over the map musically, and I can't fathom how one guitar can make so much racket. And lest we forget the singer with the flame colored hair, who stands at the mic with backwards bravado, who seems wounded and sensitive with a delivery I've never quite heard before anywhere. "What is this?" I wondered at the time. "Is this the punchline to a sick joke that I'm not in on?"
That was my first encounter with the Lips. It's made an indelible mark on my psyche, and I still can't believe "Jelly" made it on to MTV, that the song made the Lips just a blip on the top 40 radio screen, that they opened for Candlebox (who?)at the time and appeared on 90210. What a strange world we live in, huh?
My friend bought this album soon after that concert. The cover photo is pretty telling of what's inside. Notice the distorted manipulation of the photos, especially the elongated speaker.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album May 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album came out around my Freshmen year in college so I was exposed to it before the She Don't Use Jelly song took off. It took me a while to get into it, but once I gave the album a chance it struck me how different the album was and how talented the musicians are. This came out in the grunge 90's and I can't really think of anyone doing anything this psychedelic or weird at the time. I mean no one writes songs about moths in incubators, or zebras running into space ships. It's complete weirdness over the catchiest melodies and music. Also, the layers upon layers of guitar and sound towards the end of moth in the incubator just blows me away every time. Over ten years later it doesn't surprise me one bit that the lips have come out with brilliant studio albums, and the incredible Zaireeka experiment. Few posess their level of imagination or talent. I would also say this album isn't for everyone, but then again most ground breaking albums aren't.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lips' Poppiest Record (at that point) August 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Transmissions..." is the record that showed the Flaming Lips were basically a great guitar pop band, albeit a very strange one. Sure, this is the one that has the big hit ("She Don't Use Jelly") but this is one of those albums that, cliched as it may sound, needs to be listened to in its entireity to really be appreciated. I'm not sure why, but I enjoy this album best during the late summer/early fall time of the year; something about driving around listening to "Turn it On" loudly brings back a certain carefree point in time. The skronk and squall of the Lips' earlier recordings is very much present, but the hooks are clearer and the songwriting seems less like the product of two-day LSD binges. Some of the best tracks here include the wistful "Superhumans," which hints at the pop majesty of the Lips' later work, "Pilot Can at the Queer of God" and the industrial-sized grooves of "Slow Nerve Action."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a good time period for this to emerge from
The Flaming Lips have made their dent of the music industry and have still continued on their path in doing so. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jonathan
4.0 out of 5 stars She don't use jelly!
I'd heard of the Flaming Lips and had a few of their albums but didn't realise they'd done so many albums! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Shaft Hauer
5.0 out of 5 stars So Rad
The guitar work and effects are ear candy. The drum work is ear candy. Waynes voice... it cant be called ear candy but I can sing along with every word. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mikey
5.0 out of 5 stars LIPS
this album along w/ clouds taste metallic are what i think are the best transitional albums of all time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by carl donato
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A bit more uneven than later Lips albums, but with several gems. Turn It On is an amazing opener, and She Don't Use Jelly is my new favorite Lips song (I actually bought this... Read more
Published on April 28, 2010 by Harrison Shore
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who hate...
Question: Have you really listened to the lyrics? I mean sure, you dont get a lot of boom bang biz-oww, but these are really deep and often humorous songs. Read more
Published on December 24, 2007 by Devan Sizemore
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as recognized as later works, but still great (4.5)
Sometimes a band's better work can still be overshadowed by others. It seems that the public and the press tend to value The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots much... Read more
Published on July 6, 2007 by Zen Station
4.0 out of 5 stars Flaming Lips transitioning from Punk to, well, Flaming Lips
This is a great album for those of us who "discovered" TFL during the Yoshimi or At War period. This one really betrays their punk roots, but with glimmers of the band they are... Read more
Published on May 6, 2007 by S. D. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
A sound that's far less polished then more recent works, but well worth a listen nonetheless.
Published on January 23, 2007 by warncol
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up.
I think that this is an amazing album. If you're going to try out the Flaming Lips I think you should start here.
Published on April 17, 2006 by Rachel E. Spence
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