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Flaming Lips — Are You A Hypnotist??
Album: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
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7

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Total ratings: 1646









Released: 2002
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I had forgiven you for tricking me again
But I have been tricked again into forgiving you

What is this? Are you some kind of hypnotist?
Waving your powers around, the sun eclipse behind the cloud

I thought I recognized your face amongst all of those strangers
But I am the stranger now amongst all of the recognized

What is this? Are you some kind of hypnotist?
Waving your powers around, the sun eclipse behind the cloud
The sun eclipse behind the cloud
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 unclehud wrote:

WOW!  My RP screen opens with four panels displayed.  From left to right: player controls  and track history in the left panel, album info and lyrics next, comments in the third panel, and the Wikipedia page in the far right.

It's MUCH easier to see details and comment simultaneously.  [Although, BillG, my comment window can't be dragged around if it's obscuring something important.  I know, seriously first-world issue here.]

Wonder why yours is different, Laptopdog?
 

It's better now. I'm usually on my Android phone when I listen to RP. They've fixed a lot of glitches since this latest update. I still prefer the old app, but it's long gone, I suppose. Life goes on.
What perfect lyrics, right?
 moodfood wrote:
  love that killer drumming...  
 OMG I love drumming.

 justin4kick wrote:
GO. SEE. THEM. LIVE. !.
 Agree!!!

 Laptopdog wrote:
I've pretty much given up on commenting on songs anymore since RP started their "new and improved" website. It used to be all I had to do to comment on a song was  to click on the little globe icon, which would open up the "old" website right on the same song and I could add my two cents worth.

But, now?! When I click on the globe icon, it just takes me to the old site's homepage, and since I guess we can no longer leave comments on the old site, I click on the link that opens the new site, then I have to figure out which button to click on for which page I want, which I usually choose Track Listings, and then another 4-part multiple question about whether to sync to this or that...then by that time, the song is over, and I have to scroll down the track listing to find that particular song, select it, scroll down, and FINALLY leave a comment.

Which I did because I love this song that much!
 
WOW!  My RP screen opens with four panels displayed.  From left to right: player controls  and track history in the left panel, album info and lyrics next, comments in the third panel, and the Wikipedia page in the far right.

It's MUCH easier to see details and comment simultaneously.  [Although, BillG, my comment window can't be dragged around if it's obscuring something important.  I know, seriously first-world issue here.]

Wonder why yours is different, Laptopdog?
GO. SEE. THEM. LIVE. !.
  love that killer drumming...  
there is much better flaming lips that is 4 sure
 ziggytrix wrote:

... And if we can use Grammy awards as a metric of critical success then Radiohead still has it while TFL hasn't gotten their attention since the 00s. For whatever that's worth.
 
Perhaps, but you know better than to consider the Grammy Awards a metric of critical success.  Remember Debby Boone, Starland Vocal Band, or Christopher Cross?
Thank you for playing a *different* Flaming Lips song, finally.
KICK ASS!
 ncarus wrote:

Think you'll find that these guys were formed before the genius of Radiohead appeared a few years after ... and certainly released their debut album quite a few years before. Just saying! {#Cheesygrin}

 
I think RDO makes a good point. Like Radiohead they had a huge MTV/radio hit in the early 90s (She Don't Use Jelly & Creep respectively) and then established cult followings only to really blow up at the end of the 90s. And if we can use Grammy awards as a metric of critical success then Radiohead still has it while TFL hasn't gotten their attention since the 00s. For whatever that's worth.
I LOVE this song.
And it still sounds exactly like this in concert - saw them a couple weeks ago.  Awesome!!

I agree that their newer stuff is "noodling"... but the older songs are just so damn good!  I'll love them forever...
{#Hearteyes}
 Asa001 wrote:
This sound especially sounds so much like Radiohead if I hadn't seen the name of the song I would have immediately assumed that it was them... Except for the non-whining Wayne Coyne (sorry Thom!)

 

 
Not even close on any level.
This sound especially sounds so much like Radiohead if I hadn't seen the name of the song I would have immediately assumed that it was them... Except for the non-whining Wayne Coyne (sorry Thom!)

 
 Cynaera wrote:
Once again, romeotuma, you've said volumes in a few well-chosen words.  This is a really good song...
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera... everybody in my galactic presidential campaigns believes this song is good for the ears...


 rdo wrote:
Since this CD these guys took a nose dive into self indulgent noodling..they wrote themselves right out of the music scene.  Not one good song since this CD.  They were poised to be the next Radiohead.
 
Think you'll find that these guys were formed before the genius of Radiohead appeared a few years after ... and certainly released their debut album quite a few years before. Just saying! {#Cheesygrin}


 rdo wrote:
Since this CD these guys took a nose dive into self indulgent noodling..they wrote themselves right out of the music scene.  Not one good song since this CD.  They were poised to be the next Radiohead.
 
I really love At War With The Mystics, but everything after that is pretty much a dumpster fire, and the way they treated Klyph was shameful.

{#Naughty} 
 marty88210 wrote:
Most excellent percussion work.

 
it's what carries the whole song. In fact the other parts don't really impress very much at all. And the thought also went through my head whether the drummer had any say in the mastering because the percussion gets quite a heavy handed treatment in it all. Ahh.. here come the Cure.. bliss. Great comparison. 
Worst concert ever, at least if you wanted to hear good music.
Most excellent percussion work.
F*****' Amazing album!!  {#Cheers}
Since this CD these guys took a nose dive into self indulgent noodling..they wrote themselves right out of the music scene.  Not one good song since this CD.  They were poised to be the next Radiohead.
Hey! It's our headliner on Saturday for the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa the first weekend in March.{#Sunny}
Sun, beer and the Lips -woohoo.
Yoshimi is their masterpiece.  Wonderful LP.

A LOT of their stuff is fantastic.
This just went up a point for me because the PSD brought me here and saved me from that Arcade Fire "Reflecktor" tripe.
 richlister wrote:


And you're back in the room...

 
Yeah but no but yeah but no:

Matt Lucas as Vicki Pollard


8 for the song, 10 for the album.


thanks for the blurb, from a former okie

 
UhlainOKC wrote:
Recently attended a luncheon here in OKC (home of the Lips) where Wayne was receiving a philanthropy award. After the event, had about a 10 minute conversation with him. He is genuinely a nice, interesting, down-to-earth, soulful guy. I'll admit I was star-struck at first, being a huge fan of the Lips, but I left feeling like a "friend". The man mows his own yard, people!
Definitely a fan of this song...and of the band. FSM bless the Flaming Lips :)   
 


I really dig their drummers playing.


And you're back in the room...
Recently attended a luncheon here in OKC (home of the Lips) where Wayne was receiving a philanthropy award. After the event, had about a 10 minute conversation with him. He is genuinely a nice, interesting, down-to-earth, soulful guy. I'll admit I was star-struck at first, being a huge fan of the Lips, but I left feeling like a "friend". The man mows his own yard, people!
Definitely a fan of this song...and of the band. FSM bless the Flaming Lips :)   
Nice!
YES N YES!!
Great song from a great album!! {#Cheers}
No.
No, I'm not a hypnotist, but if I were a subject of a hypnotist then I could easily be put under by this song. Feeling sleepy, so sleepy, my eyelids are growing heavier and heavier, the arms of Morpheus are claiming me... {#Sleep}
 Byronape wrote:

It's like watching a very complex movie, where the more you watch it, the more you catch about it.  Except generally 100x better in most cases. 

I've always felt that music has two extremes...  On one end, you have the sugar coated poppy stuff that takes no brain power to understand and enjoy (if you like that kind of thing).  On the other end you have music that takes a long time to understand and many years to truly appreciate.  The Flaming Lips are a very good example of the best of the latter.  It takes time to really soak in and once it does, it's like a throwing a light switch.  You just get it.

Of course, evolving tastes are always going to play a role as well.  Same with moods.  There have been bands that I heard in high school and hated that now I truly love.  There are also many bands that I loved in high school that now I can't stand. 

Music does not exist in a vacuum.  Everything about our lives at the moment of hearing flavor a song, making it slightly different for each person.  I love that about music, and it is also one of it's greatest shortcomings.


 



Well said!

Now, what other bands fall into the "latter" catagory?
 Cynaera wrote:

Once again, romeotuma, you've said volumes in a few well-chosen words.  This is a really good song...{#Bounce}
 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 Sasha2001 wrote:
It took me 10 years to fall in love with this band. What else in this world other then nusic has such a complex maturation process?
 
It's like watching a very complex movie, where the more you watch it, the more you catch about it.  Except generally 100x better in most cases. 

I've always felt that music has two extremes...  On one end, you have the sugar coated poppy stuff that takes no brain power to understand and enjoy (if you like that kind of thing).  On the other end you have music that takes a long time to understand and many years to truly appreciate.  The Flaming Lips are a very good example of the best of the latter.  It takes time to really soak in and once it does, it's like a throwing a light switch.  You just get it.

Of course, evolving tastes are always going to play a role as well.  Same with moods.  There have been bands that I heard in high school and hated that now I truly love.  There are also many bands that I loved in high school that now I can't stand. 

Music does not exist in a vacuum.  Everything about our lives at the moment of hearing flavor a song, making it slightly different for each person.  I love that about music, and it is also one of it's greatest shortcomings.


 Stingray wrote:
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!

Is this bad!

Unbelievable!!!
  Bad, as in good, right?


This is really good. I love the drumming.
 
 Sasha2001 wrote:
It took me 10 years to fall in love with this band. What else in this world other then nusic has such a complex maturation process?
 

 Poacher wrote:

Humans?

Cicadas?

Great song.


 Sasha2001 wrote:
It took me 10 years to fall in love with this band. What else in this world other then music has such a complex maturation process?
 
Humans?
It took me 10 years to fall in love with this band. What else in this world other then nusic has such a complex maturation process?
It just doesn't get any better than this.

Sadly.  {#Frustrated} 
This is kinda quirky. I kinda like it.
If you ever thought discs mastered in 5.1 dolby were not any better than regular CDs this special issue disc in 5.1 is the convincer.

Do it. The Lips are still occasionally king.
 Zep wrote:
What is this?

 
Are you some kind of hypnotist?

 gabbadar wrote:
I'll take more Eels with my Flaming Lips, thank-you-please.
 
Yes, that was a nice set of 3 songs today too:

Paul Simon - Another Galaxy
Eels - Fresh Feeling
Flaming Lips - Are You A Hypnotist?

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!

Is this bad!

Unbelievable!!!


Lusciously odd.  Me likey.
So very-very-very bad!
 Frater_Kork wrote:
Man, that drumming is pure Lips.
 

Even Charlie could do that!
Even me - if I tried!
The drumming on this is simply complex.
 fredriley wrote:

Well, if the rest of the album is like this number, the main challenge will be fighting off narcolepsy {#Sleep}
 

Haaaaa...!

Agree!!
See the videos. " the fearless Freeks" among one. I think from 2005. You'll get to know them very well. Quite interesting to say the least!
 ziggytrix wrote:
Great song from a great (but challenging) album!

8 -> 9
 
Well, if the rest of the album is like this number, the main challenge will be fighting off narcolepsy {#Sleep}
 ziggytrix wrote:
Great song from a great (but challenging) album!

8 -> 9
 
I just made the bump as well.

He must be a Hypnotist 'cause I am truly hypnotized. 
YEAH!!

Just discovered the Flaming Lips and in particular this album, what a great listen!!!!
It was the cover art that caught my attention at first by the way...

Great song from a great (but challenging) album!

8 -> 9
I'm not a hypnotist but I play one on TV. But seriously folks, this is a good song....now someone please snap their fingers 3 times.
I love everything about this song, but that wonderful mellotron most of all
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is good for the ears...
 
Once again, romeotuma, you've said volumes in a few well-chosen words.  This is a really good song...{#Bounce}
Man, that drumming is pure Lips.
 Zep wrote:
What is this?

 

very talented musicians


This song is good for the ears...


What is this?

 tclodes wrote:
Drozd is a genius.
 
Absolutely!  Saw The Lips in 2007 at a free open air show at the University of Florida.  OUTSTANDING SHOW!
I love this CD...buy it!

My Flaming Morning Jacket

isn't it fab? 
I'll take more Eels with my Flaming Lips, thank-you-please.
{#Drummer}
 WebTech3 wrote:
Is it just me, or does anyone else picture Animal from the Muppet Show beating on those drums?

 
Didja ever see them in concert? Their tour drummer really does look like animal—right down to his furry rabbit suit. And he flails away like a madman ona comically small drum kit.

Is it just me, or does anyone else picture Animal from the Muppet Show beating on those drums?
GChevy410 wrote:
as mentioned before Ween, Radiohead, Cody, and to add to the list hello everyone, Pink Floyd? Grateful Dead? Jimi Hendrix? I know for sure Grateful Dead, but the others I am only pretty sure of.
Ween, I agree with. I'd say that Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix all have more than one hit (though their hits are not often their best music). Grateful Dead may belong in this group too. I don't know Cody.
Drozd is a genius.
They don't seem to care that their drummer is over the top.


Their drummer Stephen Drozd is also the keyboard player, lead guitarist, musical arranger... etc. He is an absolute madman when it comes to musical energy and creativity Their tour drummer Klyph Scurlock is a tornado of drumming fury too (He frees up Drozd to play many different instruments during the live gigs).

Plus Klyph is a friend of my brothers girlfriend   heheheeh

:drummer:
LOVE love love :clap:
Gourd wrote:
Fantastic live band. They make you feel like you're part of the music, rather than just a mere listener. The best thing is that they are simply so charming in person. And filled with a sense of... joy? Fun? I don't know how to put it.
Definitely one of my top 5 concerts I've ever seen. Make you feel happy to be alive and kicking.
ziggytrix wrote:
I just can't believe this awesome band that I've recently been (re)introduced to is that same one that wrote that corny little pop song from way back when. Can anyone think of any other 1-hit wonder bands that have a body of work that completely blows away their 1 "hit" song?
as mentioned before Ween, Radiohead, Cody, and to add to the list hello everyone, Pink Floyd? Grateful Dead? Jimi Hendrix? I know for sure Grateful Dead, but the others I am only pretty sure of.
Gourd wrote:
Fantastic live band. They make you feel like you're part of the music, rather than just a mere listener. The best thing is that they are simply so charming in person. And filled with a sense of... joy? Fun? I don't know how to put it.
crazy-funny-mystical-happy-alive

Very cool drumming !
The Flaming Lips For President!
Fantastic live band. They make you feel like you're part of the music, rather than just a mere listener. The best thing is that they are simply so charming in person. And filled with a sense of... joy? Fun? I don't know how to put it.
This is still my favorite album so far this decade....
ziggytrix wrote:
Can anyone think of any other 1-hit wonder bands that have a body of work that completely blows away their 1 "hit" song?
Radiohead. Cody
they're going to make this into a broadway show!
Saw them live Wednesday night -- oh my heavens, what an *amazing* show! Wayne was in top form -- just as charming as he possibly could've been. Lasers for everyone in the audience too... audience participation band are *the best*!
I love you, I was willing a Flaming Lips song on!
YEAH!!! I'm hip-mo-tized right now!!
Ween!
Seconded!!
This is a great song to end my day at work! Thanks, Bill.
I'm not a huge fan of The Flaming Lips, once again this is the reason I love RP, I feel like I'm getting the best of everything.
ziggytrix wrote:
I just can't believe this awesome band that I've recently been (re)introduced to is that same one that wrote that corny little pop song from way back when. Can anyone think of any other 1-hit wonder bands that have a body of work that completely blows away their 1 "hit" song?
Ween! (I'm with you too ArbiterOfGoodTaste, I love the drum in this track)
MissIncendium wrote:
This is cool.......I still love 'vasaline' an oldie but a goodie
I just can't believe this awesome band that I've recently been (re)introduced to is that same one that wrote that corny little pop song from way back when. Can anyone think of any other 1-hit wonder bands that have a body of work that completely blows away their 1 "hit" song?
Zep wrote:
If you like The Flaming Lips, take the next step up and delve into Radiohead.
Strike that, reverse it.
I F'N LOVE THE FLAMING LIPS. :dancingbanana_2:
I like the drums.
If you like The Flaming Lips, take the next step up and delve into Radiohead.
Great live band. I have seen them open for many artists back in the 90s.
Where's my sugar cube?
I said "on top" drumming production... :) not over the top. Transmissions From The Sattelite Heart had a lot of this in-front drumming that I have come to love..... Clouds Taste Metallic has it as well.
This is the band that didn't invent, but definitely perfected alternative rock. It's that simple. It's that significant. Nice pick, RP.
To all of you who have not seen The Flaming Lips in concert. You can appreciate the music (or not) but you have no clue about this band until you've experienced them in concert. The highlight of Lollapalooza this year. I liken it to the closest thing to being on drugs without actually taking any. They are hysterical.
I am liking the Flaming Lips. Never heard of them before I started main lining RP. I like them because they are so BIZARRE and their music is cool. They don't seem to care that their drummer is over the top.
ChardRemains wrote:
Dang! I was going to leave, but now the Lips are here, so I have to stay!
Me too! Damn you, RP, for playing such great music!
Dang! I was going to leave, but now the Lips are here, so I have to stay!
bronorb wrote:
This blows. That drumming is irritating and the singing is boring.
what you see is what you are...
Love the Lips!!!
This blows. That drumming is irritating and the singing is boring.
Are You A Hypnotist is a great tune... I miss this "on top" drum production that is missing off of At War With the Mystics. One of my friends summed up the lips best when Soft Bulletin came out. He said "Flaming Lips write songs to make grown men cry".
I thought I recognized your face Amongst all of those strangers - But I am the stranger now Amongst all of the recognized
Well, at least the album cover is kinda cool.
MaxEmerika wrote:
I first heard the Flaming Lips on David Letterman yaers ago and thought, what is this crap? I made a point of avoiding them until Beck toured with them while promoting Sea Change, and thought, this can't possibly be the same band....
I have a strange vivid memory of going to see the David Letterman show live about 10 ago, and during one of the commercial breaks they blasted 'She Dont Use Jelly'... there must be something about Dave & the Flaming Lips...
I first heard the Flaming Lips on David Letterman yaers ago and thought, what is this crap? I made a point of avoiding them until Beck toured with them while promoting Sea Change, and thought, this can't possibly be the same band....
smackiepipe wrote:
Reminds me of Primal Scream's 'Higher Than The Sun' which isn't a bad thing.
Exactly - I knew I knew this song and couldn't place it... but you have. Oh, Screamadelica - good times, indeed.
this has to be the best new album i've gotten in years. the choir voices singing "what is this" in the background are a surreal touch. maybe i'm hypnotized?