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The Flaming Lips Are Better Live Than Kanye

Posted by admin On July - 27 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Detroit Lakes, Minn. Andy and I had an argument a few weeks ago about what’s more entertaining: Kanye’s Glow in the Dark tour or The Flaming Lips’ outer space tour. I’ve seen this Flaming Lips show five times now, but it still wows me. I hope to never see Kanye ever again. I said then, and I maintain now, that the Flaming Lips are infinitely better. And I’m SO F-ING MAD ABOUT IT I MIGHT BREAK MY F-ING MACBOOK AIR!!!Wayne Coyne comes out in a bubble, walking, crawling and tumbling over the audience. Kanye pretends to wake up to “Good Morning” on his set, which looks like it was cobbled together with leftovers from the set of Batman the ride at Great America.

Wayne tears through the electric “Free Radicals”, gets nasty on the Yoshimi single “Fight Test” and gets soft and whimsical for “Vein of Stars.” Kanye cries if he can’t perform in complete darkness and refuses to address the Bonnaroo crowd, even though he’s nearly two hours late.
Oh, that’s right. The Flaming Lips have naked women! The Glow in the dark tour … didn’t even glow in the dark!

I’m a banter snob. And Kanye’s banter is a self-righteous, ego-stroke fest with lines like “Kanye- you’re the biggest star in the universe.” Wayne was gentle, kind, loving. He noted that the weather was perfect and it felt like we were “floating in the womb.” He may have used the exact same Led Zeppelin “everyone get naked and dance” banter, but that’s just great banter! He also said “every show is like a party- like giving of love.” Kanye said “I ain’t had a woman in so long. I just need some pussy.” Uh huh. He plays his double axe in that cool three-piece suit he’d been wearing since at least 3 p.m. when we saw him backstage. Kanye just cradles a mic and prances around like a girl.The Flaming Lips are a delight to watch with a slew of costumed dancers (teletubbies this time,) toys like thousands of laser pointers, gigantic confetti-filled balloons, a gong, a dude in a skeleton costume and a fish-eye camera in Wayne’s mic. And did I mention the naked women?!

In summation, Flaming Lips: Always awesome. Kanye West: Squid brains.

11 Responses

  1. hacocacyb Said,

    The only band I’ve ever seen that I didn’t think was better than Kanye was Ghostland Observatory.

    When I saw Kanye on his own tour, he was shown up by his opening acts.

    Posted on July 29th, 2008 at 9:21 am

  2. Teibs Said,

    i was wondering why you asked me the name of that band this morning. yeah, both lupe and N.E.R.D. were better than Kan.

    Posted on July 29th, 2008 at 10:11 am

  3. lubey Said,

    hey teibs, big fan of the blog, and I would tend to agree that Kanye is a giant turd sucker compared to the likes of the Flaming Lips. Not even a fair comparison really.

    Posted on July 29th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

  4. Anonymous Said,

    After dealing with Kanye’s manager and transportation needs for a festival, I can agree that he must be a pussy-bitch; I don’t like the lips, but they must be better than a prissyboy, ex-southsider.

    (kept anonymous for job purposes. -s)

    Posted on July 29th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

  5. Teibs Said,

    thanks lubey and sami, i mean anonymous. As for Lubey’s question of if it’s a fair comparison, I made it because we saw them two nights in a row a couple months ago. Shore thought I was ridiculous for liking Flips more. Squid Brains!

    Posted on July 29th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

  6. Shore Said,

    I don’t remember the exact details of our discussion, but I think that I agreed that Flaming Lips was a bigger spectacle, but that I would rather see the Glow in the Dark Tour. I say this because I would rather see N.E.R.D. or even Lupe Fiasco any day of the week over the Flaming Lips. It has nothing to do with Kanye.

    Posted on July 30th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

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  11. Jake Jabbs Said,

    People who like Kanye West should not discuss music preferences to anyone who has graduated from 5th grade. While Flaming Lips are kings of style over substance, their music still plays a role in their live act, so I have to lean toward the Flaming Lips.

    Posted on November 6th, 2010 at 10:25 am

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