FEATURE: My Next Guests…

‘My Next Guests…’ is a guest feature by Kieran Gabriel, focusing upon the beautifully grainy, almost lost footage of alt-rock bands of the 90s.

The Flaming Lips – She Don’t Use Jelly
Late Show with David Letterman (1996)

The Flaming Lips celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band this year and it’s no surprise they’ve stuck around so long, serving the public with countless classics and experimental oddities, constantly changing and evolving along the way. Here in 1995, we see a band a little different than the post-Soft Bulletin exuberant Flaming Lips that we are so familiarly in love with now, Michael Ivins has hair, Steven Drozd playing the drums and Wayne Coyne suit-less. In addition to the three familiar members, the band also includes main guitarist Ronald Jones, whom joined the band in 1992, shaping their sound dramatically for the 3 records that followed the band signing to major label Warner Bros. in 1992. Jones left the band in 1996, following exhaustion and growing concerns over Drozd’s heroin addiction, unfortunately disappearing from the music scene.

In 1993, ‘Transmissions from the Satellite Heart’ was released, the band’s sixth record, but second following the major label deal. It included the single ‘She Don’t Use Jelly’, their biggest radio hit to date and a song that catapulted the band into the limelight and here onto the David Letterman studio floor, 2 years later. The band are fresh faced, and although Coyne being 33 at the time, sings with his iconic grit and the growl of an 18 year drop out. Along side the jaw dropping guitar playing of Jones, Drozd’s thumping drums of the chorus fill the room with the positivity and energy that you’ll still find at a Lips show today, all that’s missing is a bit of confetti.

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