The 40 Greatest Stoner Albums

From Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead to Massive Attack and the Flaming Lips

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Flaming Lips, 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots'
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30. Flaming Lips, 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots'

Two decades into their career, the Flaming Lips sounded like they were discovering the world for the first time – or like they had just smoked some really good Sour Diesel. Amid bright orchestration, spacy electronic excursions, and even some animal sounds, Wayne Coyne sings about a robot-fighting karate expert named Yoshimi, all the while pondering big-picture questions about love, the universe and paranoia. The album's most famous lyric is familiar to anyone who's been on a burn-turn gone dark: "Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?"

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