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Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. The band name is a reference to Captain Hook from Peter Pan; in fact, the original name proposed for the band was "Captain Hook and the Medicine Show".

The band hooked up with composer Shel Silverstein when their manager sent in a demo tape to Ron Haffkine, who was in charge of doing the music for the movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Silverstein was writing songs for the film, and he and Haffkine both liked the demo enough to get the band to do all the songs for the movie. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums.

"Sylvia's Mother," a ballad from their first album, became a big hit, and "Cover of the Rolling Stone" from the followup album, "Sloppy Seconds" attracted the attention of those who would like their silly stage show and its monologues done as fictional characters. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph.

The band toured constantly but spent all the money they earned on partying; their fifh album was aptly called "Bankrupt". Eventually they shortened the band's name to "Dr. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan").

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. Locorriere spent a few years relaxing, and then in 1989 performed a one-man show written by Shel Silverstein, "The Devil and Billy Markham," which made him enthusiastic to be on stage again. Since then he's released a few solo albums and toured, promoting himself as "the voice of Dr. Hook."


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Since then he's released a few solo albums and toured, promoting himself as "the voice of Dr. Hook.".
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Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. [1] (http://www.flaminglips.com/content/film/). Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). In addition to their EPs, The Lips have been working for several years on a feature film entitled Christmas on Mars, with a predicted release date of Christmas 2005, though it should be noted that the film has been delayed two years already, originally scheduled to be released Christmas 2003. The band toured constantly but spent all the money they earned on partying; their fifh album was aptly called "Bankrupt". Eventually they shortened the band's name to "Dr. After Yoshimi, The Flaming Lips released a series of EPs in the same vein of their previous album's robotic theme and containing remixed songs from Yoshimi, including Fight Test EP and Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell EP. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips as one of the "50 Bands To See Before You Die".

"Sylvia's Mother," a ballad from their first album, became a big hit, and "Cover of the Rolling Stone" from the followup album, "Sloppy Seconds" attracted the attention of those who would like their silly stage show and its monologues done as fictional characters. The loss of their former guitarist Ronald Jones, after the album Clouds Taste Metallic, brought the band to its current state. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. The band's current line-up consists of Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins, and Steven Drozd. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Also the LPs In A Priest Driven Ambulance and Hit To Death In The Future Head featured guitarist Jonathan Donahue, who would later go on to form and front for Mercury Rev. The band hooked up with composer Shel Silverstein when their manager sent in a demo tape to Ron Haffkine, who was in charge of doing the music for the movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Silverstein was writing songs for the film, and he and Haffkine both liked the demo enough to get the band to do all the songs for the movie. Several of the band's records are produced by unofficial fourth member Dave Fridmann of Mercury Rev, with whom the Flaming Lips are often compared.

The band name is a reference to Captain Hook from Peter Pan; in fact, the original name proposed for the band was "Captain Hook and the Medicine Show". Considered much more accessible than any of their previous albums, Yoshimi is widely considered to be The Flaming Lips' first critical commercial success after nearly twenty years of existing as a band. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. In 2002, The Flaming Lips released the full-length Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots to much critical acclaim. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Marrying more traditional catchy melodies with languid synthetic strings, hypnotic, carefully manipulated beats, booming cymbals and oddball, philosophical lyrics (sung much more strongly than on earlier releases), the album was one of the underground hits of the year, widely considered to be one of the best albums of the entire decade. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Though their experimental endeavours received some press, their real breakthrough came with the massively acclaimed 1999 release, The Soft Bulletin.

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. Following their experimental Zaireeka (1997), a four-CD album which is intended to be heard by playing all four CDs in four separate CD players simultaneously, the band conducted a series of "boombox experiments", where an orchestra comprising up to 40 volunteers with modified "boombox"-type tape players was "conducted" - directed to vary the volume, speed or tone of the tape they were playing (all of which were made by the band) - by the band's lead member, Wayne Coyne. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. Clouds Taste Metallic was released to much critical fanfare in late 1995, though did not achieve the commercial success of its predecessor. Dr. The Lips were even featured on the popular teen television series Beverly Hills 90210 in March of 1995. Strangely enough, Transmissions spawned a top ten Modern Rock hit with "She Don't Use Jelly", peaking at number 9 in 1995.

By 1994 they were gaining a respectable cult following and some college radio airplay with their album Transmissions from the Satellite Heart. in 1990. They languished in relative obscurity for long periods of their history, releasing their first four albums on a minor label (Restless Records) before being picked up by Warner Bros. The Flaming Lips are Providing Needles For Your Balloons.. (an EP) and Talkin' Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants To Live Forever) (a song from Hit To Death In The Future Head).

They are also known for their bizarre and frequently humorous song and album titles, perhaps the most infamous examples being Due to high expectations.. The band is known for its catchy, dreamy guitar-led melodies, overlaid on signature complex and fast-paced drum beats and accompanied by idiosyncratic usage of samples. Over time the line-up has changed constantly, with Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins providing a stable foundation. The Flaming Lips are an American rock band with psychedelic influences, formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by Mark Coyne, Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins.

Christmas on Mars (2005). Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell (2003). Fight Test (2003). Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots part 1 (2003).

Do You Realize?? (2002). Waitin' For A Superman (1999). Race For The Prize (1999). Brainville (1996).

This Here Giraffe (1996). Bad Days (1995). Turn It On (1995). The Flaming Lips are Providing Needles For Your Balloons.. (1994).

Due to high expectations.. She Don't Use Jelly (1993). But Wastin Pigs Is Still Radical (1991) (first WB single). Yeah, I Know It's A Drag..

Unconsciously Screamin' (1991). Drug Machine (1988) (released on Sub Pop). The Flaming Lips (1984). LateNightTales (2005).

At War With the Mystics (2005). The Day They Shot a Hole in the Jesus Egg (2002). Finally the Punk Rockers are Taking Acid (2002). Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002).

The Soft Bulletin (1999). Zaireeka (1997). Clouds Taste Metallic (1995). Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993).

Hit To Death In The Future Head (1992) (first WB album). In A Priest Driven Ambulance (1990). Telepathic Surgery (1989). Oh My Gawd!!! (1987).

Hear It Is (1986).

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