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SOTD for 6/18/2009: The Flaming Lips – “The Sound of Failure”

Today’s Song of the Day: 
Flaming Lips – “The Sound of Failure / It’s Dark…Is It Always This Dark?”
Truly, the Flaming Lips deserve a better entry than the SOTD team has time for today.  Be that as it may, the failure of SOTD to give it to them is somewhat in line with their featured song.  The Oklahoma City-based psychadelic indie rock band has been around for a couple of decades, but seems to have hit a stride in the past few years with some semi-hit songs and a great track from the soundtrack of Wedding Crashers – “Mr. Ambulance Driver.”

“The Sound of Failure…” is a song that was reportedly written by the band for a friend whose father was dying of cancer.  Specifically, the song’s lyrics appear to address a girl whose friend has recently died.  Fed up with all of the artificial optimism and cheery friends, the narrator ultimately opens up about her feelings and accepts the dark sadness that envelopes her the finality of death.

The Flaming Lips

Failures, be they deaths or unmet expectations, get a bad rep.  A life of continued success is a life of safety – individuals who operate only within the realm of what is safe, or unlikely to fail, ultimately restrict themselves from ever finding and expanding true boundaries.  In fewer words, if you’re not failing, you’re not really trying.   Whether or The Flaming Lips fail to catch your fancy, the group has built an impressive indie track record.  And in their failure…SOTD sees their success.

SOTD says, Flaming Lips sounds like: “Era-defying, nerdy, psychadelic and beautiful – mashed together and baked into a fruitcake.” 
SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  7/5 = 1.3U
SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc.
For the link to “Mr. Ambulance Driver,” whose video is unfortunately less-than-ideal, check out  SOTD could truly send out about a dozen Flaming Lips songs, so please, pretty please – check ’em out when you get the chance. 

About Song of the Day:
The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.
Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.
The best thing since Napster – and  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog –


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