“Waitin’ for a Superman” by The Flaming Lips (1999)

2 02 2009

The Flaming Lips blew out of the dust bowl of Oklahoma to remind us how to make music.  Music that is challenging, beautiful, and true to itself.  Can I make a parallel to the Joad family from “The Grapes of Wrath,” as a traveling band?  Their rickety ol’ truck filled with tape machines, microphones, megaphones, and mutated guitars and keyboards?  Just looking for a place to land, for more fertile ground?

As inept as that metaphor is, they DID reach fertile ground for their music, as The Flaming Lips is a much-beloved band, especially by other musicians.  Just check out how many cover versions of their music are posted on the internet.

This song is from one of my favorite records, “The Soft Bulletin.”  Not just one of my favorite Lips albums, but one of my faves from ALL records.  This is the kind of album you definitely want to set aside some quiet time and absorb the music.  And it seems that everytime I revisit this record, I find something new in it, whether a new meaning to the lyrics, or some really interesting musical part placed into the mix.

“Tell everybody waitin’ for Superman
That they should try to hold on best they can
He hasn’t dropped them, forgot them, or anything
It’s just too heavy for Superman to lift”




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