Artist: Black Lips
Title: Hippys b/w Born To Be A Man
Label: Varmint Records
Tracks: 1.) Hippys, 2.) Born To Be A Man
In my opinion this is the best Black Lips record there is. It takes the insane energy from Black Lips!, the more sophisticated song writing from We Did Not the Forest Spirit Made the Flowers Grow, the tighter musicianship from Let It Bloom, and added a wider spectrum of musical influences, and here you have Black Lips at their most sing along and twangy. These songs were recorded in Germany by King Khan on their lengthy European tour after the release of Let It Bloom.
Sadly, if I think this is the best Black Lips record, it means I think everything since hasn't been as good. Fortunately a lot of other people like their newer stuff so they're doing fine. If you're like me, you're holding out hope for the long rumored Last of the White Niggers to come out on In The Red Records, capturing what I assume would be these songs, "Make It" from the split with the Dirtbombs, and a bunch of unreleased songs recorded from this era.