Do You Realize??

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"Do You Realize??"
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Single by The Flaming Lips
from the album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Released19 August 2002 (2002-08-19)
Format 7", CD, Maxi-CD, DVD
RecordedJune 2000 – April 2002
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins and Dave Fridmann
Producer(s) The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann, Scott Booker
The Flaming Lips singles chronology
"Waitin' for a Superman"
"Do You Realize??"
"Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1"

"Do You Realize??" is a song by The Flaming Lips, released as the first single from their 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots . It is widely considered to be one of the group's most accessible and popular songs.[ citation needed ] It reached #32 in the UK Singles Chart and was adopted as the Official Rock Song of Oklahoma from 2009 to April 2013. The song was ranked #31 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of the 2000s. It is also the band's most popular live song, [1] and has rarely been excluded from setlists since its inception into their live shows in 2002. Wayne Coyne also considers it to be the best song they've ever written.[ citation needed ]

The Flaming Lips American rock band

The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they released their first record with Warner, Hit to Death in the Future Head (1992). They later released The Soft Bulletin (1999), which was NME magazine's Album of the Year, and then Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002). In February 2007, they were nominated for a BRIT Award for "Best International Act". The group has won three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. They were placed on Q magazine's list of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die" in 2002.

<i>Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots</i> Album

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is the tenth studio album by American rock band The Flaming Lips, released on July 15, 2002 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was well-received critically and commercially, helping the band break into the mainstream, and was adapted into a musical in 2012.


Structure and recording

In an interview with Mojo , Coyne revealed that during the recording of Yoshimi..., band member Steven Drozd was trying to kick a heroin addiction. When they took breaks from playing, Drozd would have a really tough time with his withdrawal. Listening to him cry, and with the death of his father in mind, Coyne wrote: "Do You Realize??".

<i>Mojo</i> (magazine) magazine

Mojo is a popular music magazine published initially by Emap, and since January 2008 by Bauer, monthly in the United Kingdom. Following the success of the magazine Q, publishers Emap were looking for a title that would cater for the burgeoning interest in classic rock music. Mojo was first published on 15 October 1993; in keeping with its classic rock aesthetic, the first issue had Bob Dylan and John Lennon as its first cover stars. Noted for its in-depth coverage of both popular and cult acts, it acted as the inspiration for Blender and Uncut. Many noted music critics have written for it, including Charles Shaar Murray, Greil Marcus, Nick Kent and Jon Savage. The launch editor of Mojo was Paul Du Noyer and his successors have included Mat Snow, Paul Trynka and Pat Gilbert.

Steven Drozd multi-instrumentalist and guitarist for The Flaming Lips

Steven Gregory Drozd is an American musician and actor. He is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for the Flaming Lips, Electric Würms, STEVENSTEVEN, and other projects.

Wayne Coyne, commenting on "Do You Realize??" said, "Whenever I analyze the scientific realities of what it means to be living here on Earth in this galaxy spinning around the sun flying through space a terror shock seizes me!!! I'm reminded once again of how precarious our whole existence is..." [2]

UK track listing

  1. "Do You Realize??"
  2. "Up Above the Daily Hum"
  1. "Do You Realize??"
  2. "If I Go Mad/Funeral in My Head"
  3. "Syrtis Major"
  1. "Do You Realize??"
  2. "Up Above the Daily Hum"
  3. "Xanthe Terra"
  1. "Do You Realize??" (video)
  2. "Do You Realize??" (audio)
  3. "The Southern Oklahoma Trigger Contest"
  4. "Noodling Theme (Epic Sunset Mix #5)"

"Syrtis Major" and "Xanthe Terra" are instrumental pieces intended to be taken from the forthcoming Christmas on Mars soundtrack.

<i>Christmas on Mars</i> 2008 film by Wayne Coyne

Christmas on Mars is a science fiction film from the alternative rock band The Flaming Lips, written and directed by the band's frontman, Wayne Coyne, and featuring the entire band in the cast, as well as many of their associates, including Steve Burns, Adam Goldberg, and Fred Armisen.


The music video was recorded on Fremont Street in Las Vegas and features Wayne Coyne, people dressed as bunnies and pigs, four female dancers in negligee and a live elephant. No other members of the band are seen.

Fremont Street thoroughfare in Las Vegas, United States

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Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

Negligee sheer or heavily trimmed womans nightgown or dressing gown

The negligee or négligée, literally meaning "neglected", known in French as déshabillé, is a form of see-through clothing for women consisting of a sheer usually long dressing gown. It is a form of nightgown intended for wear at night and in the bedroom. It was introduced in France in the 18th century, where it mimicked the heavy head-to-toe style of women's day dresses of the time.

Oklahoma state song

In March 2009 "Do You Realize??" was announced as the official state rock song of Oklahoma, after winning an online vote among ten finalists as authorized by the Oklahoma state legislature: out of 21,000 votes cast, nearly 51% were for "Do You Realize??" [3] The Oklahoma Senate approved this choice unanimously. However, on 23 April 2009, a vote in the Oklahoma House of Representatives fell three votes short of the 51 votes necessary to ratify the resolution: one Republican state legislator attacked the band for its use of offensive language, while another said he opposed the song because band member Michael Ivins had worn a red T-shirt with a yellow sickle and hammer during a previous appearance by the band. Democratic Governor Brad Henry subsequently announced that he would issue an executive order in lieu of the resolution rejected by the Oklahoma House. [4] [5] However, it was revealed in 2013 that Republican Governor Mary Fallin removed the song's designation as the Official Rock Song of Oklahoma by not renewing Brad Henry's executive order upon taking office in 2011. [6]

Oklahoma Senate upper state chamber of a state of the United-States of America

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Oklahoma House of Representatives lower house of U.S. state legislature

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Commercial appearances

Hewlett-Packard featured the band alongside Penn and Teller in its 2002 commercial for its HP Media Center PC, which included a clip of the music video. In a review of the ad, music journalist Jim DeRogatis said, "It was a commercial for the Flaming Lips," as much as it was for HP's computer. [7]

In 2004 VH1 featured the song in spot that promoted its network. That same year Mitsubishi used the song in a television ad for one of its cars, as did Land Rover in 2007 with voice-over by Charles Shaughnessy.

A cover version was used in the teaser trailer of Transformers: The Last Knight in late 2016.


The song was covered by The Reign of Kindo on their eponymous debut album. It was also covered in 2012 by Ball Park Music for Australian radio station Triple J's Like a Version.

Father John Misty, American folk singer-songwriter and former member of indie rock bands Saxon Shore and Fleet Foxes, performed a version of the song in July 2012 for The A.V. Club 's A.V. Undercover series. [8]

American Jewish rock band Blue Fringe covered the song on their 2007 album The Whole World Lit Up .

In 2015, the song was covered by British singer/composer Ursine Vulpine (aka Frederick Lloyd). This version was used for the first theatrical trailer of Transformers: The Last Knight as well as the trailer for the third season of the television series Penny Dreadful) In 2016, Sharon Van Etten covered the song for Amazon's Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street soundtrack. [9]

Chart positions

Chart (2002)Peak
UK Singles Chart 32[ citation needed ]

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