The Flaming Lips

What's the New Mary Jane?/Under Pressure

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The 23rd volume in Warner Bros.' seven-inch vinyl promo series "Soil Samples," this ultra-rare addition to the Flaming Lips catalog documents our heroes in hero-worship mode of their own, with live renditions of the Moles' cult classic "What's the New Mary Jane?" and the smash Queen/David Bowie collaboration "Under Pressure" captured during an October 1994 date in support of grunge lame-asses Candlebox. "What's the New Mary Jane?," penned by sometimes Lips collaborator Richard Davies and inspired by the legendary Beatles outtake of the same name, is a psych-pop mini-masterpiece made even better by Ronald Jones' buzzsaw guitar, while "Under Pressure" is even more of a natural fit--given that the Lips essentially constitute the bastard offspring of Bowie's cosmic glam-rock and Queen's heart-on-its-sleeve, pop-art opera, it's not so much a cover song as it is an heirloom passed down from one generation to the next.